Millennials nix their parents’ treasures
As baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, start cleaning out attics and basements, many are discovering that (their children), are not so interested in the lifestyle trappings or nostalgic memorabilia they were so lovingly raised with.
. . . . . . Whether becoming empty nesters, downsizing or just finally embracing the decluttering movement, boomers are taking a good close look at the things they have spent their life collecting.
. . . . . . To make matters worse, young adults don’t seem to want their own college textbooks, sports trophies or T-shirt collections, still entombed in plastic containers at their parents’ homes.
. . . . Many millennials raised in the collect-’em-all culture (think McDonald’s Happy Meal toys and Beanie Babies) now prefer to live simpler lives with less stuff in smaller downtown spaces, far from the suburban homes with fussy window treatments and formal dining rooms that they grew up in.
. . . . .“My parents are always trying to give us stuff,” says Kelly Phillips, 29, a real estate marketer. “It’s stuff like bunches of old photos and documents, old bowls or cocktail glasses. We hate clutter. We would rather spend money on experiences.”
. . . . younger people aren’t really that interested in filling shelves.
. . . . “Eight times out of 10, kids don’t want the parents’ furniture or boxes of letters or scrapbooks,”
. . . . . “When my parents downsized from 4,500 square feet to 1,100, they sent me four boxes of stuff. It was things like cards from people I no longer knew, a paper plate with the face of a lion I had glued yarn around and my christening outfit. I appreciate my mom taking care of this stuff, but I really don’t want it.”
. . . . Hammerman has three large zip-top bags full of memories set aside, one for each son. But as Roewer told her, she shouldn’t be insulted if they don’t want their first-grade drawings or boxes with seashells glued to them.
“They made these things and gave them to you and you enjoyed them,” Roewer says. “The gift-giving cycle is now complete.”