Future Challenge – What Possessions Are Nearest to Your Heart?

Challenge #19

Moving is always a little traumatic. But moving from a larger home to a smaller retirement home may be even more stressful. Certain memories and  possessions won’t make the cut for the new home.

If you had to downsize your life, at any age, what things would you take with you, and what would you choose to leave behind?

As part of my retirement theme,  I offer this weekly Thursday “Future Challenge” to get people of all ages thinking in general about their futures and/or retirement. Each challenge goes with a post of my own on the same general topic. Hopefully we’ll start some interesting discussions!

If you’d like to share what you think, or post on it, that’s great – and I’d love it if you’d share those thoughts in a post or comment (please tag posts TRS Future Challenge and link to this post) so others can also see them.

If you choose not to share them, that’s fine too – but with any luck, you’ll still gain some insight on where you’re headed (or would like to be), and how you can get the most out of your own journey.

For my own take on this week’s challenge, see my post To Keep or Not to Keep? The Trials of Downsizing a Household.

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17 Responses to Future Challenge – What Possessions Are Nearest to Your Heart?

  1. Gee … I’m really not a saver per say. I do enjoy my old print photos of family. Now, I have digital and seem to have less as I delete the bad ones right away. I have lots of socks. I like having colorful socks But, that’s not really a treasure. I guess I’ll go onto the next place I have to live with just me. ~~~~ : – )
    I’ll have to start thinking about your weekly challenge. It sounds like fun. Hope to join in the next one.
    Toodles …


  2. Yes, this is an interesting question. I agree with you on what it comes down to in the end, but still. My parents moved two years ago from a house to a smaller apartment – and they had to leave things behind, give away things or just throw them away. I thought it would be hard for my mother, but she made it with flying colours. So, maybe I will make it too one day…but I won’t know until then.


  3. Sigh! My sentimental possessions have become an anchor in my life. We have a house packed full of ‘stuff’ in the states. Do I miss any of it? Absolutely not! Do I even know what I’ve saved? Not really! Fortunately, my son is getting married and his fiance adores my primitive collections of family heirlooms. Oh boy…I can’t wait for the wedding. I’m giving them everything! Maybe I’ll rent a big Uhaul and wrap a bow around it for their wedding gift. Or, better yet, I’ll just give them our house with all its contents, too. I’m at a point in my life that I just want to let go of it all. We lead a very simple, fulfilling life now on our little tropical island. Why did I create such an anchor?


    • How does this get away from us the way it does? I guess a little at a time… I hope your son and his bride-to-be appreciate how long it took you to amass your collection! Thanks for sharing! 😉


  4. i’ve downsized many times & now am in little snug…but the one thing i always lug around with me are my art books..can’t part with them!


  5. sharechair says:

    I struggle all the time trying to whittle down, I think moving is probably the only way to REALLY get the job done!


  6. when the 7.0 earthquake in Columbia stretched its fingers and shook my house as well, i quickly realized that very little mattered! we lost power, and i suspected that the ticking-time bomb of a fault 40 miles down the coast had shifted as people had predicted. I live at sea level, and I prepared to bolt. the power came back on, i checked the earthquake site, and then i knew there was no chance of tsunami.

    the ‘drill’ was a good one, and i was proud to know that aside from my passport and cash to buy food and shelter, nothing else mattered!



    • Of curse, ou’re absolutely right, Z – None of this really matters. We would have each other and our memories even if all the “stuff” were lost. Thanks for the reminder of what’s really important! 😉


      • si; i always thought that i’d grab hard drives, paintings, clothes – ja! when you’re reduced to ‘you have ten minutes’ then all that ‘stuff” on your list evaporates! yes, our memories and our loved ones are what matter most! z


  7. liz2you says:

    Hi, I want to have a go! Do I link by simply tagging with TRS Future Challenge? Liz


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