Relocating for work has become necessary for more and more of us Baby Boomers. And, it's usually soul-wrenching to pull up roots. We have to give up what we know for unknowns.
Yet, in that process, we tend to not anticipate how much of a problem our "stuff" will present. That ranges from the boxes of books we have carted around since college to the dog-eaten sofa we love but isn't worth taking along.
For example, we waste time and precious energy trying to hang on to our past. In the process we tumble off the emotional cliff into the belief that we simply can't pull this move off.
Coping devices include finding those who will appreciate receiving free the stuff we can't bring along. Those might include local charities, low-income families we know, young and not-so-young just starting out or re-staring their lives, and relatives who share those good memories.
It is usually a disappointment to assume that we could make a good buck selling the stuff. That garage sale or even hiring a professional seller of estate property is unlikely to get us much. And the low prices offered can actually cause us emotional pain.
Twice since The Great Recession I have relocated for work. It was only during the second move that I was able to get hard-nosed by the need to let stuff go. And not look back.