My wife and myself have just spent a week clearing out our loft and garden shed. We are both in our seventies, I have no sentimental attachment to my past and I have thrown out stuff going back to my early days of teaching as a single man. We have kept our books (stored in boxes for nearly 20 years) to form a library, otherwise everything else has gone - for me, sets of magazines (might have been useful to someone, but now I cannot be bothered), teaching notes etc. etc. Items gone from the garden shed include tools which I will never again use, items held for repair (which will never happen), and other sundrey collections thinking in the past that they might be useful (plumbing, electrical, materials and paints). All gone, as I sit here, a sense of relief - this session has been on my mind for over ten years. I hope the guys who cleared it for us find some use for some things, I suggested to him such, and paid him for the clearance. I think he got a bargain, with lots of useful things. In our retirement we want to relax, watch the TV, read the Bible, browse the Internet, and have some good food and drink. My father was a very practical man, but in his retirement he was encouraged by my brother to relinquish all of his past and take a warden-controlled one-bed apartment. He enjoyed 15 years there, watching the tele, and died at 88 years old. When I came to Barbados with my wife (I was 54 years old), I met her eldest brother, retired, living in a five bed-roomed house. One bedroom was his, another his maid/girlfriend, and the other three were filled with stuff from his past and his grown-up children's past. I said then (1996) to my wife that this was not going to happen to me. He died at 83 years old, and we were involved with the clearing of the house. The stuff that was in those three bedrooms was unbelievable, but nothing of real worth, regrettably. Go for it, retired folks, make decisions and clear out the past!