I thought I’d share an idea for fellow sewers regarding what will happen to your sewing and craft items when you’re gone. My mom lost my dad and her mother within 2 weeks of each other. Both were unexpected. There was so much to do and so many decisions to make that she hardly had time to grieve. You may find this a little morbid, but I think she was smart. She soon after picked out and paid for her own casket. She created a document for us kids with who was to officiate at her funeral, songs she wanted sung, what outfit to bury her in, and so on. It was an enormous load off our shoulders when she passed away, especially knowing we were doing exactly what she wanted done.
My husband was executor of his mother’s estate more recently and we went through a lot due to her not having gotten around to putting everything in her trust. What I’ve done since is to create a notebook for my oldest son who is our executor with all our accounts, a copy of our will, insurance info, and on and on. I try to keep it as up to date as I can.
I recently responded to an ad by a gal who was trying to get rid of her recently deceased mom’s sewing items. There were machines, patterns, etc, 14 or 15 boxes worth. When I go, there will be much more than that. I have no sewers in my family to leave it all too. What I’m doing to address that is to add the necessary information inside the notebook for my son. I’m listing the best sites to advertise sewing items on, giving good descriptions of the items for him to use to describe them, and as much info as I can to make it as painless as possible to find a good home for my mountain of sewing and knitting stuff.
I thought I’d share that idea as I know it’s going to make it so much easier on my kids someday. Most of us probably do not have kids that know what we have, much less how to describe it or bundle it for selling. I will also give an idea of what to charge and the date of that estimate so they can judge from there what it might be worth at the time they’re disposing of it.
Not a fun topic I know but maybe some of you hadn’t thought to take time to do something like this for the sake of whomever will find themselves dealing with what to do with your sewing or craft items someday. Many of us set goals at the start of the year and maybe a few of you will want to give this idea some thought as a project for 2009.