Yesterday I had a conversation with my neighbor, and this is his theory on why his baby boomer friends have not downsized yet, even though they want to: because of stuff.
I tend to agree with him, so in an effort to inspire I've come up with three reasons why living with less is particularly helpful for folks in their 60's.
1. When you declutter your space, you release things out of your home and thus, you gain freedom. Maybe your children and grandchildren moved away and you miss them dearly. Perhaps you have always wanted to try something wild like moving to Ireland for a year. When you live lighter, your decisions about where to live become more about considering the things that make you happy, and less about the questions like "but how could we ever move, because what about the house and all our stuff?"
2. You will make extra spending cash from selling unwanted items. Unbeknownst to you, right now you are probably sitting on several hundred dollars or more worth of things that you don't use. When I decluttered I sold a djembe drum, a dining room hutch, an old dresser, and a kitchen appliance for a total of $500. If you have a big home and it's full of stuff, it's completely up to you how much time you want to put into selling, vs. donating.
3. When you discard things that no longer serve you, you have a unique opportunity to connect with your loved ones after you yourself have been released from the world. I am not just speaking here about saving your children the work of clearing your home after you have passed away. Though, going through a lifetime worth of someone else's stuff is a daunting task and it's incredibly considerate to go through your own things so that someone else doesn't have to. But I am actually referring to something slightly different: imagine that you declutter your life of all things that you don't regularly use or love. When you are gone and your children are sorting through the belongings you left behind, it will be clear to them what items you truly treasured, because you will have already discarded the trash. That is special.