Bruce continues to share interesting articles from The Rotarian Magazine
In the January 2019 issue he found this and wanted to share:
Clean Out of Excuses
The writer, Paul Engleman, wrote about his 86 year old mother in law who moved from the Wisconsin farm where she had lived for 40 years to a smaller house 15 miles away.  Many family members pitched in to help. The writer's son was alarmed at the quantity of "treasures" that had been collected and whispered, "Please, don't let this happen to you and Mom."  In this poignant story, which strikes a little close to most of our homes, Paul takes stock of all the "things" that he and his wife have collected including outdated items and that long outlived their usefulness.  He didn't know where to begin - so his research began - on the internet! He was overwhelmed with tips. He decided to start with the "current world champion of decluttering" (did you know there was such a title?), Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Furthering his quest on where to begin decluttering, Paul was surprised to discover MakeSpace, a website that calls itself "your closet in the cloud" and whose business model is mostly about shifting clutter: "We'll pick up your stuff, store it in our secure storage facility, and create an online photo catalog of it so you never forget what you have in storage."  For more of Paul's humorous and sometimes painfully truthful insights on decluttering, Click Here to read the entire article! 
Bruce shared a story about his brother who, when being transferred to an assisted living facility, the family needed to put their hands on an insurance policy and had some trouble finding it.  He recommended that we all make a plan so that our loved ones know where important documents are stored so that they can be accessed when needed. He and Gloria have already implemented their plan.