Antiques and Collectables

Antiques and Collectibles Can Take Over!

Possession Paralysis

Image of Antique Shoppe-Moving Forward-Antiques and CollectiblesI love antiques and collectibles, and recently read an article in the New York Times New Old Age Blog that really hit home.  Titled “Possession Paralysis Revisited” by Paula Span, it is a follow up of an article written a couple years ago titled “When Possessions lead to Paralysis”.

Paula Span has been following the work of University of Kansas gerontologist  David J. Ekerdt  as he and his team were investigating whether the sheer volume of possessions, including antiques and collectibles, that old people have acquired over many decades can become an obstacle to late-life downsizing.  He had long believed this was the case, but had no documented evidence.

It is confirmed!  Antiques and Collectibles can be a problem!

Dr. Ekerdt  gathered data from 1,000 community-dwelling adults over age 60. “It confirms all the anecdotal things that lawyers and geriatricians and families tell us: Stuff can be a problem,” he said.

Image of Sad and Trapped-Moving Forward-Antiques and CollectiblesThis isn’t a case of hoarding.  It just the normal things that we appreciate and collect.  In the survey, 60 percent of respondents said they had more possessions than they needed.  When asked if they felt reluctant about moving because of their belongings, 48 percent felt “very reluctant” to move and another 30 percent were “somewhat reluctant.”

What that means is that more than 75 percent of the respondents felt trapped, to some degree, by their possession, including their antiques and collectables.

Contrary to the popular belief that older people save so many possessions because of the memories, Dr. Ekerdt found that most of the possessions weren’t even particularly  cherished.  “It’s a problem of volume as much as sentiment,” he said.  Read more by Dr. Ekerdt “Too Many Things”

Feeling paralyzed by the volume of your possessions?

Image of Stack of China and Collectibles-Moving Forward-Antiques and CollectiblesI see this everyday.  I see it in the client’s homes, and I feel it occasionally in my own home.  Sometimes the urge to pick up that positively wonderful item and take it home is irresistible.

After awhile we can accumulate considerably more than we need, and then it seems to take over our lives.  Some of these things are legitimate antiques or collectibles; but most are things that we just like, or liked at one time.

There comes a time, usually when we are getting ready to move, that  we need to take a serious look at these belongings.  What seems to be an overwhelming undertaking can be much easier, even fun, with some help.

As people, we often call in a professional when we need their help.  This is one of those times that calling a professional can make a big difference.  Helping you decide what to discard, donate, sell or pack is what we do!

Let moving forward make your move easier….

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