Having dealt with solicitors and wills I know that getting my affairs in order would be a really useful thing to do for my children.
I read of Lynda Bellingham's news that she has terminal cancer and has chosen to die naturally by stopping chemotherapy.
I experience mild panic when I hear things like that because if that were to happen to me then I haven't got things sorted. My life isn't organised enough for me to die.
When I sort through things I'm keeping in the loft, for example, I try to have rules:
- Will I need it again in my lifetime?
- Is it sensible to store this or would I be better to buy another when I need it?
- If my children were sorting through my affairs would they choose to keep it or ditch it?
I'm not very good at sticking to my own rules and I know that my children won't choose to keep the majority of my belongings.
I'd quite like to ask their advice so I can be more efficient at sorting things but what they say now won't be the same answer I'd get from beyond the grave.
One thing my husband is taking control of is large, bulky photo albums. We are sorting our photographic life before the digital camera and after the digital camera. We are getting books printed that contain our memories. They take up less space and are pre-sorted.
At least we don't have a three piece suite in the loft anymore, although there is a bed there.
I'm not "the hoarder next door" but I would quite like someone else to go through the loft and ditch stuff for me.
I have a horrible feeling though my legacy will be a mess requiring several skips and trips to the tip.