holiday shopping

Holiday Shopping – It’s That Time Already

How did the holiday shopping season arrive so fast? It seems like just yesterday brick and mortar stores displayed swimsuits, shorts, and sandals and online ads touted these same items. We planned fun outdoor activities like cookouts, swimming, boating and baseball games, and did outdoor chores such as yard mowing and garden tending. Yet, here we are with Thanksgiving and Christmas advertising now competing for our attention.

I recall as a child hearing older people state ‘time goes by faster the older you get’. Of course, when … Read More

Organizing your personal property

Organizing Your Personal Property – Let’s Get Started

Organizing your personal property is the third article in our series on personal property and your stuff. As we go through life, we accumulate a lot of stuff. Some items make our lives easier and more enjoyable, and other things we hang on to for nostalgic reasons. After years of accumulation, there comes a time in every person’s life when they need to decide what to do with all their possessions.

For many individuals, these decisions are forced upon us or our loved ones due to a major life change such as moving, downsizing, disability or death. Planning ahead prevents family conflict and … Read More

don't want your stuff

Your kids still don’t want your stuff! Some ideas for you!

They still don’t want your stuff. Last week’s article addressed the topic of personal property or your stuff, and the top 10 things kids don’t want to inherit from their parents or relatives. Fine china is at the top of the list with sterling silver flatware and crystal glasses running a close 2nd.

The audience recommended donating to an organization, having a garage sale, opening an account for selling online, or my favorite, giving to the person you want to have it knowing it is now theirs to do as they please. I recently did this with my diamond wedding rings even though I would still occasionally wear them. For me, it was so much fun telling my niece the humorous story of my wedding … Read More

kids don't want your stuff

Your kids don’t want your stuff! Can that be true?

It’s true – your kids don’t want your stuff. The conversation on personal property or stuff is a universal topic. I design my speaking engagements for the intended audience and recently spoke to a large group of older, retired adults still living in their own homes. I shared the research on the top 10 things kids DON’T want to inherit from their parents or relatives. The top 10 are:

  1. Fine china and fancy porcelain dinnerware
  2. Sterling silver flatware and crystal wine glasses
  3. Linens
  4. Persian rugs
  5. Dark, heavy antique furniture
  6. Anything silver-plated that must be polished
  7. Figurines and collector plates
  8. Trunks, sewing machines and film projectors
  9. Paper items such as photos, greeting cards, postcards
  10. Books

I briefly introduced myself and explained my reasons for starting Strategic Hourglass Solutions and then asked my audience how many owned #1 – the fine china. More than 50% raised … Read More