Jun 11, 2017
Grandma’s beloved china may have lost some of its luster.
According to an article in the Boston Globe this month, seniors are increasingly finding that it can be difficult – or sometimes impossible – to pass down family heirlooms to a younger generation obsessed with reducing clutter. From doll collections to dish sets, retirees are finding that once-treasured hand-me-downs are now viewed less as treasured possessions and more as unwanted responsibilities by Gen Xers and Millennials who seek the simple life.
In fact, an entire field of professionals has sprung up to specialize in helping seniors as they transition from houses to condos or apartments. Part of the job is to assist in downsizing and that means finding solutions for what to do with the family silver or photo collections without bruising too many feelings in the process.
So what should you do if the kids seem disinterested in taking on a basement full of antiques?
Experts advise that sale or donation can be one route to settlement of the issue while others may work to see which family members want which items. There is also a more creative answer. You can just enjoy yourself.
“I did a downsizing talk recently and everyone asked, ‘What do I do with my crystal and china?’” recalled one senior move manager quoted in the June 4 Globe piece, “I said, ‘Drink your OJ out of it. Who cares if the gold comes off? The kids don’t want it.’”