Originally Posted by Brat
I think there are a lot of advantages in utrecht's plans. The one thing I have observed is not to keep anything more than family treasures and store those in a climate controled enviornment. Much can be replaced at resale and thrift shops, storage costs can add up quickly.
This brings up a good point and I agree, almost everything we own could be replaced in a few quick stops at Goodwill. The small (foot-locker sized) collection of memorabilia could easily be stored in a 4'x4'x4' locker for hopefully about $40 a month.
But even that brings up the question, is the actual item memorabilia, or would a photocopy or photograph suffice. My DD has suggested we do that to the pile of "I Love Mom and Dad" drawings we've kept. She confided that most of them were forgeries where a teacher held her hand and formed the handwriting. Else she might have written, "I love my dog".
After seeing the many, many natural disasters that have wiped out folk's lifetime collection, one has to wonder whether it's better to just make digital memories.
We are inclined to look for a downsizing that includes the "treasures".