What is Your Stuff Worth?

I ran across an interesting article recently. We all have stuff. We all leave our homes one way or another when we can no longer care for ourselves, or we reach the end of the road in this life. If you move out of the country it may be even more of a concern. What stuff do you move with you, and what becomes of it after you leave (because you will leave one way or another. That dang death rate still is right around 100%).

We all have stuff that means something to us, things from beloved family members, things acquired in special times, or things we just love. But, does this stuff mean anything to others? What will become of it when you leave? Who gets to deal with it all?

The article Here, https://dallas.momcollective.com/most-of-your-stuff-is-worthless-3-things-you-should-be-doing-now-to-reduce-what-you-own/ a bit disheartening to learn not only does your stuff not mean as much to others, most of it cannot even be reused or turned into money. How difficult for your family to see grandma’s beloved (whatever) get sent to the trash.

I found a great feeling of freedom when I got rid of almost all my stuff. I sent boxes to each daughter with a few special items like baby clothes, books from my childhood, newspapers from Kennedy or the first man on the moon, etc. The rest, except for a few boxes, went away. If something happens to us here, we have a rental house with nothing in it worth saving. Hand the keys back to the landlord, and now he has a furnished house to rent to the next people. My daughters don’t have to deal with selling property and there is no stuff worth their attention.

So, the advice is, keep only a few sentimental items. Digitalize pictures. Buy quality stuff that you will really use, not lots of stuff that will be thrown away or take up space. Keep life simple and uncluttered. You will feel better and your heirs will thank you. Moving will also be a lot cheaper and easier.

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to What is Your Stuff Worth?

  1. wrj6 says:

    You are absolutely right. Get rid of it. I am going through the process now to become a neighbor of yours. It’s not so easy. I just called an estate service today. Panama, here I come.

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  2. Kristin Lyman says:

    Amen Kris. I feel 100 pounds lighter, I have 4 suitcases, a dog, a plane ticket and a passport. Everything else has been sold, donated, given to my sons or tossed

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  3. Diane Harrison says:

    Never more true words spoken – nobody else will want your stuff! Get rid of it. I am a true minimalist now, and I’ve never felt more free. All my “stuff” will fit into TWO suitcases. Yea!


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