We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For him, his accumulated stuff is like a joke on his inheritors. He does understand that no amount of possessions can fill an emotional or spiritual hole.
My experience is that most people stop accumulating stuff and possessions around age 50, and begin getting rid of it all slowly thereafter. How many ties, jackets, socks, sweaters, shirts, cooking pans, decorations, lamps, chairs, tables, china sets, serving platters, do I need?
We would have an abundant life without buying a single material thing (other than food) for the next ten years. I will admit that dress clothing becomes outdated and can look ridiculous or like thrift shop goods, so that does need to be replaced. As the kids grow in independence, I will encourage them to take anything here that they want, but they won't want it. They will have their own ways and their own tastes, and all of our stuff will end up in a large dumpster someday. I can live with that.
My dad, several decades on the other side of age 50 has found someone to give some of his collections to .. my daughter. Someone who appreciates old, useless but aesthetically pleasing things. I need a bigger house.
If you run into my wife, could you mention this to her in winsome, encouraging tones? My nagging has had little effect. I had over a thousand books cluttering up the place and knocked out 500 of them when we need space to adopt teenagers. I'm down under 200 at this point. Aiming for 100.
My wife started with a similar thousand and is down to 800 in the same time period (200 in, 400 out). Repeat this pattern for clothes, decorations, photographs. It's just harder for some people than others.
Assistant Village Idiot
Is that 50 measured in Dog Year or Tortoise ears. I am 70+ and just built more Space....