Advocate for the Aging

Help! Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming and I'm already starting to stress out about getting more stuff. I live in a 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath house with my husband, two dogs and a cat. There are no kids. We never had kids. We just have stuff. We have so much stuff that I start to get stressed out about Christmas before we even hit Halloween. You should see my basement. When I get perfectly good stuff that I don't know what to do with, I put it on a shelf in the basement. "I'm going to have a yard sale," is what I always promise myself, even though I've actually never had a yard sale. My stuff just sits on the shelves, waiting.

I've asked my parents not to buy me more stuff for Christmas. I'm 55 for heaven's sake. I don't need more stuff. But my parents grew up very poor. My mother was born in Harper's Ferry, W. Va. way before it was the cute, restored little town it is now. My father's father grew up in a house made from a cave (I'm not making this up!) in Abruzzo, Italy. I've been there, I don't know how people make a living there now, much less then. My parents are well-off now. They fly first-class to Europe to visit the places their parents fled in poverty. So, I understand that it is important to them to be able to buy wonderful stuff for themselves and their children. It gives them so much pleasure.

So, I need some help with all my stuff and the stress it brings me. Maybe I should hire a professional organizer. Are there coaches to help you have a yard sale? Maybe I can look this stuff up on the Internet. Do you have any ideas?

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Toni Reinhart

 |  December 7, 2010; 6:35 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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