Take into consideration that when you are gone, someone else has to clean up after you. I agree, you aren't going to be around so who gives a damn. Well, you should!
There are several inexpensive steps that can help the transition of you no longer being alive. The most important of which is having a will made? You can purchase a kit and do it yourself or go to a lawyer. All I can say is, get it done!
Now consider all the “stuff” you have acquired over the years. What is going to happen to that? The current buzz word on the street is downsize. Fair enough, but what do you do with it and where do you start.
You have “things” you want other members of the family to have, give it to them now. Let them enjoy it, sell it or throw it away. It is no longer in your possession and that’s all that you should think about.
Collections of items can be hard to give up. Perhaps a codicil in your will can handle the pieces that need to be kept together when they are dispersed of. If no one in the family wants them, bequeath them to a museum, art group, school, library or a group. Someone or somewhere that would actually get some use and enjoyment from their existence.
Those involved in arts and crafts may find that none of the children are the least bit interested in this part of your life. Now is the time to look elsewhere. Time to record your wishes.
The Quilter’s Last Will, may be an answer for the avid quilter. The copy of the one attached is not a legal document. The original writer is unknown to me; yet, it is somewhat humorous and is a good read if nothing else. I suspect with some tweaking, a lawyer would consider it to be a valid part of your last wishes.
It wouldn’t be fair to leave this page without including the person that is the keeper of family history. Genealogy is a collection of family information that should not be taken lightly. Your historic information is a small space in the universe when looking at the broad scheme of things. To others who are not interested, it will mean nothing to them. But, this history will include generations of people who have moved from here to there. They met important people and participated in historical events. It must be kept! Again, this can be part of your last wishes. Perhaps this document will get you thinking about what needs to happen to your genealogy records when you are gone.
The whole topic of Last Will and Testament is not one that most people want to talk about. In the long run, for everyone involved, it is one of those necessities of life.
If you don’t have a will in place, it should be a priority on the downsizing To Do list.
The Quilter’s Last Will and Testament Written By Elinor Peace Baily, Published in "The Cloth Doll” Spring/Summer 1990
Author, Photographer, Lover of Life