Just after the World War II, from 1945 to 1960, there were approximately 28 births on average per 1,000 people in Canada: these were the children of the baby boom. These baby boomers did not have many children of their own, and they did not have many grandchildren either. By 1970, the birth rate in Canada had dropped to around17 births per 1,000 people. Since 2000, it has dropped further to a little under 11 births per 1,000 Canadians.

In a nutshell, this means that the population of Canada is aging at a rather alarming rate. Many people born during this period are now looking to move into smaller houses, condominiums or apartments. Having that large four bedroom house seems unnecessary and inefficient when the children have long since moved and the cost of utilities seems to be increasing at an almost exponential pace. Many baby boomers have spent a life-time collecting stuff. I know that I have a ton of stuff that I don’t really need. It can be difficult downsizing, deciding what to keep and what should go.

Obviously, things of great sentimental value should be kept, but are you really all that fond of the juicer that you only used three times since 1996? Can you just throw things like this out, or will you be able to foist them upon unsuspecting relatives? What to do, there’s only so much that you can bring with you to your smaller home (one that I sold you, naturally). Where should the rest of the things go, and how do even start on such a daunting task?

This little four minute video should help a little bit.

When my kids were visiting their grandmother, they took note of all the things that she had lying around her over-sized house. My son, who was nine or ten at the time, remarked “Grandma, the Salvation Army sure will be happy when you move into an apartment, then they can get all their stuff back”.

Hopefully Grandma watches this video.