What is Your Legacy? | Families
I have to admit that I don’t often think about what my legacy will be. Let’s face it, I’m relatively young and it seems like that legacy thing is so far off. But in reality every day I am creating and developing the gifts that I will leave my children and the world. In my family we try not to put so much emphasis on the stuff as we do the memories and the family history.
However in some families, the stuff is the legacy and I’m not talking about antiques and heirlooms. I have so many people talk to me about their homes like this, “My house is packed the rafters with three generations of stuff – mine, my parents AND my grandparents.” This statement makes me sad in so many ways. First I’m sure the grandparents wouldn’t want their grandchildren living in a memorial pile of their stuff. Also the guilt and pressure of the child feels as having to be the steward of the stuff that they generally don’t really want.
So the next time you decide to keep a photo or a trinket just because the kids might want it “someday,” think long and hard about the legacy you are leaving for them. Please don’t leave them in a pile of stuff.
What will be YOUR legacy?
Andi Willis is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA. She is passionate about helping people find creative solutions to organizing their homes and simplifying their lives. From piles of old photos to files of digital pictures, bedrooms to playrooms, home offices to kitchens, no project is too large or too small to tackle. Working with clients from busy moms to busy executives, Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! Andi is a proud member of National Association of Professional Organizers, Institute for Chronic Disorganization, Association of Personal Photo Organizers and the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce.