‘The Stories We Leave Behind:’ A Workshop with Laura Gilbert

How do I want to be remembered? What stories tell that legacy? What stuff highlights those stories? In this age of reducing your stuff and minimizing your possessions, determining what to keep is more meaningful than ever. Anyone who has cleaned out a loved one’s house knows how challenging sorting through their belongings can be. 

Laura Gilbert, author of “The Stories We Leave Behind: A Legacy-Based Approach to Dealing with Stuff,” provides a creative, personal approach to dealing with the stuff you may have acquired that the next generation does not want. 

Gilbert is hosting two workshops, the first is Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Shoreview Library, and the second is Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Roseville Library.

Rather than asking what you can live without, you will ask “How do I want to be remembered?” and then consider what tells those stories. In the process, you will learn core concepts and techniques to preserve your best stories and avoid a messy cleanup for loved ones. The workshop will discuss how we all got here, why dealing with our stuff is so hard, common roadblocks to action and suggestions to work through them. Learn to apply new techniques to your own situation so you can embrace your space for the life you want now. 

The Shoreview Library is located at 4560 Victoria St. N. The Roseville Library is located at 2180 Hamline Ave. N.

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