A Present for My Kids

A Present for My Kids

By, Devora Farrell Of ThisOrganized., LLC Okay, here’s a quiz question (not a joke, at least not this time) — What gives you great pleasure from your children?  If you’re like me, it’s when they’re behaving lovingly toward each other.  Whether it’s sharing a treat, or comforting a sibling for their skinned knee, or engaging in deep conversation as young adults, my eyes fill with happy tears when I witness them being there for each other. Time really does go so quickly.  One night, I’m tucking them in, the next, they’re turning out the lights downstairs before heading up to bed.  Sunrise, sunset…did you grow up with Fiddler on the Roof, too? So, what does this have to do with organizing? I have had the misfortune of watching siblings’ relationships dissolve into anger and wounded feelings.  From what?  From having to deal with their parents’ belongings after they’ve downsized or passed away.  Lots of old (not antique – antique is defined as more than 75 years old and not mass-produced, and also, only if there’s a demand for it) furniture, endless tchotchkes (yes, that little chip can make it valueless), used china, clothes (even with the tags still on, clothes purchased more than two years ago are rarely worth anything), unlabeled photos (some blurry, multiples taken at the same occasion), non-first edition books, boxes taped closed from previous relocations, even if there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with “it,” just that “it’s” not your taste.  Rarely do I see the adult children fight over things they want to have – although it certainly does happen.  More often, I...