…Not in MY driveway!!!
Whether becoming empty nesters, downsizing, or just finally embracing the de-cluttering movement, we seem to be taking a closer look at the things we have spent our lives collecting. Yes, we are collectors. We have a passion for holding on to our “stuff.” It’s a passion, and we have spent all of our time on the “thrill of the hunt!” And our kids don’t seem to have the same interest in filling their shelves the way we did.
So let’s focus on…WHY.
Our kids are living a more transient life in cities. They are living their lives digitally through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. And that’s how they are capturing their “moments.” Their entire life revolves around the computer and Smart phones; they don’t need a shoe-box full of greeting cards.
Many were raised in the collect-’em-all culture (think McDonald’s Happy Meal toys and Beanie Babies), but now prefer to live simpler lives with less stuff in smaller downtown spaces, far from the suburban homes with fussy window treatments and formal dining rooms that they grew up in.
Ever think of using Uber? That’s what the “younger folk” are using to get around instead of owning a second car or even a primary car. They are preferring to spend their money not on things, but rather experiences. And you know, I like that…focusing my life on experiences rather than “stuff.”
So, let’s take heart…our generations, by history, all reflect the many differences between the ages. We had Woodstock…they have Instagrams. Face it, our priorities are different and this trend will never end.
What do you think? Do you have any explanations or tips to add to our discussion?
And you need to be a Boomer to understand this…”doot, doot, doot, lookin’ out my backdoor!”
I am…your backdoor Boomer Explorer.