There are a lot of good books out there that I don’t take the time to review for you. But this one fits so well into the Organize Your Legacy portion of my business that I couldn’t resist. It’s called Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing & Organizing Things to Do Before You Die, by Gail Rubin.
I received this book for free, to review if I felt so inclined, but (don’t tell the author) I probably would have bought a copy anyway. I met Gail Rubin at a talk I gave earlier this year called “Who Will Check My Email When I Die?” We are so much on the same wavelength that when I read Kicking the Bucket List I thought, “Well, there’s another book I don’t have to write!” I will be recommending it to all of my organizing clients, and… hmmm… holiday gifts for my family?
In addition to lighthearted, practical advice about wills and funerals and such, many of the tips are about decluttering and downsizing. “You don’t have to be old or dying to downsize.” I completely agree that it is important NOT to leave a legacy of clutter and disorder behind when you “kick the bucket”. Your loved ones will be grieving. Isn’t that enough without leaving them the added burden of making decisions about things that you didn’t even value? The benefit to YOU in getting your affairs in order is peace of mind and a more pleasant rest of your life. Why do we only “rest in peace”? Why not also live in peace?
Don’t miss the Near Misses at the end! (Things that are rather specific and didn’t make the main list, such as disposing of embarrassing items before someone else discovers them, and how to save a loved one’s tattoo. Yes, really!)
As Gail Rubin says, “Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, and talking about funerals won’t make you dead. Start a conversation today.”
P.S. If “Kicking the Bucket” sounds familiar coming from me, you may remember Dad’s Kick-the-Bucket Flow Chart. My Dad has since moved to Albuquerque, where one of my brothers and I live. So these are outdated instructions. But the message is the same: Let your loved ones know what you want.
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