Decluttering for senior citizens is a challenge and becomes a more full time job as we age. We begin to declutter the house, simplifying our lifestyles. Our children begin to receive all their stuff back, right? And we begin to pass along to them all the family treasures we have accumulated over the years. But is that all we need to do?
Decluttering for Senior Citizens- A Story
But decluttering the house is not our biggest decluttering job for senior citizens. My friend, Frances was in her 90’s when she taught me about decluttering my “inner stuff”. Frances and I were having one of our wonderful deep discussions when she said to me, “Look at my hands!” Of course, I examined her hands, looking for a problem.
Her hands were old and wrinkled and gnarly from arthritis. I said, “Well, do your hands hurt or what?” She said, “I just realized today that my hands are beautiful! Over the years they have served me well as I played the piano for weddings and funerals, prepared food for friends, family and church members, shopped, drove the car and did all of the things my life required. But I always thought my hands were ugly.”
I said, “Frances, why did you think your hands were ugly?”
And she replied with the wisdom of the elderly, “When I was in the second grade, a girl refused to hold my hands for a game we were playing and announced to the class that I had ugly hands. I believed that little girl through all these years until today.”
For over 80 years she had believed that her hands were ugly – my beautiful precious friend had held on to a false belief — something a little child said – for most of her lifetime.
Just for today, search for those beliefs in your life that are simply not true — things people have told you about yourself – and let them go. Begin to declutter false beliefs and even silly childhood rules that you cling to — some of them are way out of date and ready to go the way of unnecessary facts.
Decluttering for senior citizens includes both our inner world and the outer. Have a happy day of self discovery!
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