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The Cool Grandpa Podcast

Mar 22, 2024

Matt Paxton is joining our conversation this week to discuss how we can keep AND share valuable memories but let go of stuff that doesn't serve us anymore. You might recognize Matt from the television show Hoarders or its current show, Legacy List. Matt is also an author, speaker, and all-around good guy.

In this conversation with Matt, we talk about how Matt started cleaning up homes for a living and why his first few home clean-ups were not easy from the practical side and also from an emotional side. You will love hearing Matt talk about his grandfathers, Russell James Paxton and Linwood Lewis Luck. There is no doubt about these two gentlemen's impact and lasting legacy on Matt, his family, and even Matt's staff.

We discuss the differences between the generations regarding what they value, how they prepared for uncertain futures, and how having an understanding heart helps Matt and his team find the treasures often hidden in the strangest places. You might be surprised to learn that adults in their 40s and 50s frequently have to go through both parents' and grandparents' possessions as we lose members of the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers. Each of these generations has different values and items that they either collect or hoard.

Matt does a great job of discussing the differences between hoarders and collectors. He also shares the demographic breakdown of who makes up hoarders, what often causes hoarding, and how hoarders need help emotionally and physically to let go of items that usually provide a deep sense of security.

I have provided links to Matt's webpage, book, talks, a great clip of Matt on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and other resources below, so be sure to check those out. Matt and his team are casting for the next Legacy List season, and I have provided a link to that application process in the show notes.

Once you have listened to this show, please share it with three friends and family members who will enjoy hearing Matt's story and who could possibly use some inspiration to pass on the memories and not the stuff.


To visit Matt's website, click on this link:

If you want to check out My Legacy List and apply to be on Matt's show, use this link:

This clip from the Jimmy Kimmel show that includes Matt is great. Also, a quick view of how Matt works.

This is a great video of Matt's TEDx talk:

Here is the link for Matt's book, Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff. This is a great book to help you organize and downsize the stuff in your life.

You can connect with Matt on Facebook by using this link:

If you would like to connect with him on Instagram, you can use this link:

You can follow Matt on LinkedIn by using this link:

Matt is on X (formally known as Twitter), and you can follow him using this link: