Guest Post from Organizer Christine – What Will Future Generations Say About Your Journal?

It is a wonderful thing when friends of your friends become close to you as well and Organizer Christine – Christine Henning is one of those friends.  She is the close friend of my business partner, Bev, and since I have returned to Florida, it has been my pleasure to get to know her better.

Christine has wonderful innate abilities for organizing and staging and she has woven those fabulous abilities into her business Henning Home Inventory Services and Organize and Downsize Your Home.  In South Florida, this is a challenging business and I am continually impressed by her patience and creativity with her clients, many of whom are making a move to a care facility or are families who have suffered the death of their parents.

Chris has recently made the move into the blogosphere and she is covering some GREAT topics.  Keep the blog at Organize and Downsize Your Home on your bookmarks and please share - if these topics are not relevant in your life right now, they will be eventually or you know someone who is going through it.

I am so tickled to share one of her most recent posts with you – What Will Your Next Generation Say About Your Journal - and considering that so many of us are writers and bloggers … this really made me think!

Contact Chris on twitter @OrganizerChris

Another Favorite:  What Does Your Home Say About You?

Thanks to Christine who let me re-post the great article – xoxoxo!  And did I mention that Chris will be staging an e-book for The Hungry Goddess that we are releasing for spring???  SO excited!

What Will Next Generations Say About Your Journal?

One of the items you may come across when clearing out your parents estate is a JOURNAL! It might be a good thing or it might be a bad thing depending on what the journal reveals!

For those of you who are diligent about writing in your journal on a daily basis, do you ever wonder what your grown children will think when they read your entries after you are gone?  Remember the movie,  ‘Bridges of Madison County’, when the children were reading the diary Francesca wrote during her life? Especially about the affair she had with the photographer? What a shock to the children! I’m sure you also remember that the daughter accepted it better than the son.

So, what is in your diary? Do you want your children to read it after you are gone? Many stories that I have heard of  say they wouldn’t want their children to be hurt by reading it. Another segment of people say that since we are all human, their children should accept their human mistakes and learn from it. Then again, some people are careful not to offend anyone with their journaling.  As therapists tell us, Journaling is good therapy for us. Doreene Clement states:

“Writing, expressing can heal us. It can focus, support, and enhance our lives and well-being. Whether we laugh or we cry, whether through sorrow or joy, we can understand more about ourselves, and each other, through keeping a journal, diary, or diaries.”

- Doreene Clement

I had a friend who wrote in his diary every day for over forty years! When he died he had boxes and boxes of red diaries. I often wondered if someone took the time to read them. It would be a shame after all of his journaling, if his kids didn’t read any of them, but, then again, he probably didn’t do it for his kids. He did it for himself. I have another friend from many years ago who made a decision that she would not want her kids to read her thoughts about her troubled marriage so she threw them out. I have read that Oprah and Gayle have already talked about their journals and what to do with them after one dies.

 What about you? What are your thoughts on this subject?

I’m always here to help you with your sorting of  paperwork and your disposal of your household. Paperwork is such a burden for the older generation. They are not sure what to keep, what to save, and, basically, have a hard time to free themselves of all of their papers that give them many memories.

You can call me, Chris,  at 561-512-7482 .

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