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A wise woman visited my six hundred square foot cottage and commented, “Leave room for people.” That’s hard to remember and easy to live with. Yesterday I chatted with a senior friend about her trials in caring for two ancient parents: managing the ordinary workload of a comfortable establishment is proving too much on top of elder care. She liked my guest room scheme: a bedroom in daily use is just a shell: small personal and wardrobe items are stored in a little space that’s used for dressing and storage. When visitors arrive, it’s simple for the occupant to decamp temporarily to another room.
Storing inventory independent of spaces that are in active use makes it easy to clean, secures valuables from unfamiliar helpers, and frees attention for the more important work of tending people rather than things. Separate storage also makes it easy to comprehend just how much stuff one has accumulated.
The daughter of an old friend told me about helping her grandmother move to retirement quarters. She was in awe that only six cartons of office papers were left in the family home of fifty years-everything else had been distributed or disposed of. Concentrating storage of small artifacts is the key to riding herd on them effectively.
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