How Different Generation Groups Organize: Ep105

Lisa Woodruff was a previous guest and I brought her back for a second interview to talk about how different generation groups organize

Lisa is a professional organizer, productivity specialist, and author. She believes organization is not a skill you are born with. It is a skill that is developed over time and changes with each season of life. I am an avid listener and big fan of her podcast show at Organize365.com.

I gave Lisa an update on my personal progress and yes, I am making progress! We also talked about my ” Sunday Basket” and if you listen to Episode 88 which was my first interview with Lisa you can learn more about that.

What are the different Generation Groups? The dates can vary depending on where you look but here is a general idea:

  • The Silent Generation born between 1925 and 1945
  • Baby Boomer Generation born between 1946 and 1964
  • Generation X born between 1965 and 1980
  • Millenials born between 1980 and after

Lisa and I discuss how each generation deals with their “stuff” and what the differences are.

The Silent Generation was born and raised in the Great Depression. They had a lot available to them educationally but not a lot available to them materially. The Silent Generation typically did not have mortgages on their home and did not use credit cards. They were a hard-working and fairly frugal generation. There was not a lot of consumerism while they were growing up.

Baby Boomers were born and raised in the affluence of World War II. This is when consumerism and a lot of toys really came on the market. Barbies, GI Joe, TV's  and commercials became prevalent and advertisers started targeting teenagers.

Gen Xer's had all of the toys. They had all of the toys the baby boomers had growing up and then some. The majority of Gen Xers grew up in the 80's which was the height of materialism. In the 80's is when things cost the most and people wanted to accumulate a lot of “stuff”.

Decluttering and downsizing

These items that are in our parents and grandparents homes and attics are things that were hard earned. Baby boomers sometimes have a difficult time getting rid of their things because they worked so hard to obtain them. Take the time to go through those things with your parents or grandparents. Let them tell the stories of how the stuff was obtained and the memories that come with them. Find ways of making memories using the stuff.

Lisa has a lot going on! Below is some information on her workshops, podcast, and books

100 day home organization program 

Paper organizing workshop called the Sunday basket. You can learn more about it at thesundaybasket.com

You can also learn more or listen to her podcast at organize365.com

Books/Kindle Editions: 

The Mindset of Organization: Take Back Your House One Phase at a Time

How ADHD Affects Home Organization: Understanding the Role of the 8 Key Executive Functions of the Mind

The Sunday Basket: Weekly Paper Organization & Planning

10 Steps to Organized Paper

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Making a Move: Episode 57

Jami Shapiro helps you when you are making a move.

Jami helps people who are making a move.

Are you Making a Move soon?  This is the episode to listen to!  Jami Shapiro is the owner of Silver Linings Transitions. She is a single mother of three girls, an 11 year thyroid cancer survivor, a community volunteer and a Realtor.

Believing everything happens for a reason, Jami discovered the National Association of Senior Move Managers in 2014. They were holding the national conference in San Diego.  She attended the conference, met other Senior Move Managers and knew she'd found the work she was meant to do.

Silver Linings Transitions is a bright spot for people facing difficult transitions AND making a move.

The company specializes in seniors who are downsizing or making a move into senior communities as well as couples going through divorce. As someone's who's faced cancer and divorce, Jami understands personally how important it is to find the “silver lining” when life doesn't go the way we'd hoped.  When working with clients through their transition, the Silver Linings Transitions team focuses on what's positive during a difficult time and helps the client navigate through the move as gently as possible.

The most important work we do is helping people with the emotional aspect of making a move.

In this episode Jamie and I talk about:

  • The secret of getting 3000 square feet worth of stuff into a 1200 square foot apartment.
  • What can I do now if I don’t want to move, but I just have a lot of clutter that I want to get rid of?
  • How do you deal with those boxes and boxes of photos?
  • What is the difference between a mover and a move manager such as Silver Linings Transitions?
  • How to diffuse any needless fighting over belongings and keep the stress level down for everyone.

Be mindful of how much “stuff”  you buy. Spend money on experiences rather than stuff.

Spend more time focusing on the present and what you are able to do. Don't worry about the future or the past. Focus on what you can do and not what you can't do. Do something you have never done and always wanted to try.

Contact Information: Phone 858 522-9518Email: info@SilverLiningsTransitions.com * Website: www.SilverLiningsTransitions.com

National Association of Senior Move Managers  https://www.nasmm.org/

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Downsize with Senior Move Masters: Episode 10

Downsizing may be hard for some people and in this episode, Susi Vine will give us tips on how to downsize and de-clutter. You can listen to the show at by clicking the link at the bottom of this page or by subscribing on your smartphone.

DownsizeSusi Vine began helping others downsize in November 2010

Since then, she has led crews as Team Leader, and she provides consultations for new clients who are considering their move.

Her crews pack and unpack and help people downsize.

Susi earned a BFA and studied Residential Design.  The company looks for people with her experience in design space planning and universal accessibility.  That experience supports the needs of their clients looking to de-clutter, downsize, and relocate to a new home or age in place.

They not only help people with downsizing and moves, but they also build lasting bonds with them.

Did you know that this kind of service existed to help others downsize?   Neither did I. Senior Move Masters helps their clients go from a 3000 square foot house into a 1200 square foot senior living facility.  It almost seems like magic.

In the episode:

    • Tips to downsize and de-clutter.
    • What services are offered by these types of agencies.
    • How Senior Move Masters provides as much or as little support you may need for your move.
    • Family members can provide stress free help with a move.
    • How to Find resources for the extra pieces of a move.

This is an exciting time because there are many more choices than we ever had before!  These include co-housing, aging in place modifications, and retirement communities.  Active Living Communities can remove all the obligations and details and make life as carefree and active as you want it to be!

Don’t be afraid to try new things and take advantage of all the resources that are available.  As our population redefines aging, senior service businesses are growing at a rapid-fire rate. Decide what you enjoy doing for yourself and look into outsourcing the rest.

Contact information: Phone: 800-545-4775 Email: info@seniormovemasters.com Website: http://SeniorMoveMasters.com

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