You may think it is being ungrateful or controlling
to tell friends and relatives to stop gifting you
with things that will clutter your home,
things you don’t want or need.
But it is not.
It is being wise.
You probably don’t need any more stuff.
You have a lifetime of stuff already.
You may be in the process of going through
and getting rid of lots of your stuff.
Do you want to add more to that?
In your third act of life (ages 60-90 and beyond),
you need to start thinking about less being more.
You need to start de-accumulating instead of accumulating
You need to stop shopping for recreation.
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day.
My “kids” got me some beautiful flowers and some tea I said I liked.
I did not mind receiving these consumable gifts that would
not be cluttering my home.
I value time spent with me rather than cards and things now.
I like meals out, hikes, museum trips, and other experiences
instead of actual things.
That is my take on gift clutter, what’s yours?
Look around and see if there are things in your home
that you don’t want but are keeping
because it was gifted to you.
It may be time to be assertive and just ask for no gifts.