Date(s) - 04/04/2024
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room 10
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“Things are in the saddle,
And ride mankind.”


So warned Ralph Waldo Emerson. We all know that feeling of having too many things, too much stuff, and not enough space to put it or time to deal with it. Sometimes it brings a load of frustration and shame. But of course our stuff is also valuable in many ways: it can be useful, beautiful, evocative of sweet memories, and an expression of who we are.

In this Return of Elder Journey, we’ll check in about our lives and discuss our adventures with stuff. Have we had to downsize? What helps us reorganize and repurpose our things? Is our stuff becoming too much for us? Do family members pester us to get rid of some? Amy will present:

  • local resources for helping us organize or rehome our stuff
  • tips for downsizing, from the people who have done it
  • the differences between clutter, collecting, and hoarding
  • how to get help if people in our lives are telling us we have too much stuff
  • new research on what helps us get on top of our things instead of our things being on top of us.

Then we’ll talk about whether we want to have a regular Elder Journey as we did before COVID. (Who is an elder? Answer that question for yourself, then subtract 15 years. That’s the age at which people become elders!)

This meeting is hybrid. Come to Room 10 at UUCPA, or participate fully via Zoom. All are welcome!

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