Cottage – Life Lessons

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We learn life lessons from everything we do!

As we prepared to sell our family cottage, there were a lot of lessons to be learned. Here are SEVEN of them:

  1. BE RESPECTFUL.

Working with other family members, can be challenging. Someone else may have an emotional attachment to something you think is…junk!

  1. BE GENEROUS.

One person’s trash is definitely another person’s treasure – take surplus items to the end of the driveway and watch it disappear!

  1. BE PATIENT.

The smallest items can conjure up the biggest memories. Take time to savour the stories and memories that result from a family downsizing project.

  1. BE PRACTICAL.

Stuff often arrives at cottages because it is not being used at home and is too “good” to throw out. Examine each item and figure out if you want, use and need it BEFORE you decide to take it back home.

  1. BE THANKFUL.

Pause and relax with the people around you. Be thankful you’ve had a family cottage and celebrate the wonderful memories that go with it.

  1. BE RESPONSIBLE.

Stuff in closets, cupboards and cabinets may be past best before dates – recycle responsibly.

  1. BE DONE!

Hold onto the memories…let go of the stuff!

 

Gail Shields and Karen Shinn are Move Organizers Extraordinaire and owners of Downsizing Diva! — the company that helps Seniors and their families organize, downsize and move. Check out their website – www.downsizingdiva.com or call them at (416) 757-0319.