In case you haven’t noticed, we’re smack dab in the middle of a down sizing, de-stuffing, de-cluttering epidemic!
By the time you read this, you’ll probably have less than 11 shopping days until Christmas. And, if you haven’t completed the art of driving up your credit debt and buying more useless stuff for everyone on your list, guess what?
You can kick the habit right now. Stop shopping … stop spending … stop accumulating. You can ride the new wave and “Stop Stuffing” … and I ain’t talking about turkey!
Boomers have run out of storerooms, closets, garages, and space in kids’ vacated bedrooms. They’re pulling the plug on their storage rental units and cutting the cord on “precious items” that haven’t seen the light of day for years.
But, here’s the real rub! Their kids aren’t stepping up to the “plates!”
Boomers, who doted on their kids, have spawned privileged Millennial offspring who are not the least bit interested in taking their parents’ stuff, or even acquiring their own.
Instead, Millennials are embracing the romance of “experience.” They want to surf the wave, not look at the board hanging on a wall. They clearly don’t realize there’s a Cosmic Law that states: “Stuff must be passed from generation to generation.” Hell, we bought this crap, paid to store it and now you tell us you could care less?
The fact that there were three indoor trees in your home each Christmas and outdoor decorations that put Clark Griswold, National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” to shame, doesn’t mean your kids will want the same things.
What they will want is for you to keep it, make their holidays bright and leave it all behind until they need another holiday fix.
But rather than getting mad and creating another level of angst and ulceration in your life, catch the big wave of change.
Get rid of the s**t and move on.
Throw a “De-Stuffing Party.” Get out the popcorn and margaritas. Stack your stuff on the side of the street the day before trash pick-up with a big sign … FREE STUFF… and watch the pickers go at it.
And if you have de-stuffing remorse, you can buy it all back from your local flea market.
So get stoked, hang ten, and yell “Cowabunga” as you ride this wave and give-up your stuff!
Just sayin’ …