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What Happens To Your Stuff When You Die?

March 18, 2010

The late, great George Carlin said you can’t have enough stuff.  I disagree. You can indeed have too much stuff, and have you thought about what happens to all this stuff when you die? 

The reality of my “stuff” was forced into my thoughts a few months ago when “Inge”, an elderly neighbor  in my apartment complex, passed away.   Returning home from work late one afternoon, I parked and walked over to the dumpster with trash from my car.   The dumpster was filled to the brim with someone’s personal belongings, summarily tossed and thrown willy-nilly into it.  There were framed family photos, letters, postcards, books, souvenirs, flower pots with the flowers still in them, china, glasses, clothing and a small rolling tea cart.   I realized these items all belonged to Inge!  It upset me to see this woman’s personal effects in the dumpster and made me think “what if all my photos, letters, etc. were to be thrown out like that?” 

Fear of having too much stuff coupled with the additional impetus of an impending out-of-state move forced me into action.  Downsizing is not an easy thing to do, especially when you’ve been on the planet for 50-plus years.  So, I began to get rid of my stuff via weekend yard sales, the usual Internet selling sites and charity donations.  But you know what?  I was unsuccessful.  I still have too much stuff!!!   

And don’t give me that crap about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure.  It’s the same stuff just moved to a different location and still clogging up the planet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac