Ep 160 | Organizing Your Legacy and End of Life Plan with Karen Purze

November 24th, 2020 · 34 mins 32 secs

About this Episode

Karen Purze of Life in Motion Guide joins us to discuss a sensitive, but very relevant aspect of home organization - managing your legacy including vital information and end of life planning.

Our guest helps families make end of life plans and decisions so they can focus on what truly matters in the end - people not paperwork.

She is creator of lifeinmotionguide.com. When Karen’s parents both got sick suddenly and simultaneously, she helped them make difficult choices about health, housing, finances, and everything else as they gradually lost their independence. She is on a mission to make it easier for others to get their personal information organized.

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • Karen's personal experience with helping her family make end of life decisions during an emergency inspired her brand, Life in Motion, which helps others who don't know where to start or what to do first
  • Reasons why it's important organize vital information and plan the end of your life
  • The KonMari clutter category that intersects with legacy management
  • Kristyn's quest to reach the end of her personal to do list
  • Where to start: planning for an emergency (medical and household)
  • A review of Karen's Life in Motion Guide - the binder Kristyn is actively using to manage her important information (see exclusive discount code below)
  • The inspiration behind Karen's guide and how it differs from other resources that help you make plans
  • The importance of recognizing the process of life planning is in motion, with information that evolves over time
  • How to securely protect your passwords and other important codes
  • The most essential things to focus on first when organizing your legacy
  • Reasons people resist pulling this information together and common myths and mistakes. Karen's decision matrix to the rescue
  • How to help loved ones organize their legacy and end of life plans
  • Maintenance: how often you need to revisit the information you've gathered and shared

Karen’s favorite legacy organizing tip:
Don't think of this as something you're doing yourself. Do it for the people you love and trust the most

What's sparking the most joy for Karen:
Moving back to her apartment in Chicago after a four month long construction project

Connect with Karen at lifeinmotionguide.com

Exclusively for Spark Joy listeners, pick up a copy of Karen's Life in Motion Guide binder using code SPARK15 for a 15% discount.

"It's our responsibility as adults to not leave a mess for other people to clean up."
"The average person in the US and Canada is likely to live over nine years in poor health."
"Being organized facilitates prolonged independence by making it easier for others to help us."
"It's not enough to just gather this information or store it...you also need to share it."
"We can't predict, but we can prepare."
"I created [Life in Motion Guide] for the feeling I had when I was done."

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You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
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