Wonderful and sensible! I think a big part of family not feeling burdened is giving them permission to let go of anything they don't want to keep. As we said the other day, the idea of writing on papers 'to be thrown away' is so sensible, and we could add to that our permission for our kids not to keep our stuff out of guilt or obligation.
I like to think my home is set up with 'just enough,' and not too much. In some cultures the younger family members move into the family home - it would certainly save lots of effort cleaning the house out!
It seems to all come back to mindfulness and only holding onto that which is meaningful, beautiful and useful. It is a work in progress...
She sounds like someone you would like to know! I liked her little Yippee about her bike. You are so right that it is a work in progress, so we might as well enjoy it.
DE-LIGHT-FUL!!!! I loved it freda..and i hope you don’t mind the “shouting”...:-)
Sending it to all pertinent people in my lilfe...hahaha
she is so right..no reason to be sentimental..we all have our special memories and our unique lives..and there is nothing sad about time marching on...it does...oxoxxo
Or i could say: it simply....does....
You can shout here if you like Julia! Glad you like it too and are spreading it about. Let's hope the relevant people take note...
I so want to tackle this now. Need to set aside either some time each day or one day a week to really see it through. Definitely don''t want to burden my children with my 'crap', as Ms. Magnussun so delicately (and accurately) calls it.
Glad you feel motivated. 'Skrapp' is Swedish for junk by the way!
Oh, my. When she physically shivers just looking at all the "crap" I couldn't help laughing out loud! Delicious. Also noticed with some delight that, even if I think I am keeping many mementoes, minimalism has brought me a long, long way into space clearing... perspective is everything. Happy shredding!
See note above Cristiana. She seems such a happy person and clearly enjoys her cleaning - it gives me heart.
Brilliant ! She exudes well being and contentment. I also liked the fact that her flat was not empty and bare. It evidently contains things that spark joy! I started some shredding yesterday. I’d better keep going!
It looked like a happy home. The shredder will soon be red hot!
Do you know this blogger Jeanne Henriques - Collage of Life?
Thanks for the link - I think I will enjoy this blog.
She's utterly charming and so down to earth :). When I saw the word "shredder" I assumed it was for garden refuse - I understand now!
Maybe this lightness comes from having cleared all her excess 'stuff'. She is as you say utterly charming.
I think I'm pretty much done! In the house I mean, workshop still to sort. I reckon if I died tomorrow my possessions could be gone through and disposed of in an afternoon. I've been thinking about online Stuff though... I've deleted all unused accounts and don't store much online, but unless we leave instructions about it all how will anyone know what is there and how to retrieve or delete it? It feels virtual but it's not really in a cloud, it's taking up space on a physical hard drive in a data bank somewhere in the world... It doesn't feel right to leave it there indefinitely...
Oh my! I think I will leave that one to fate. Well done for all the rest though Lotta.
I have just started deleting bookmartks and, just as with real life storage stuffed into cupboards, I have found plenty to discard but also some long lost 'stuff' that I'm happy to have found.
A work in progress as Madeleine says..
I’ve been wading through bookmarks also, lucille, with the same results...and also very dismayed to find that some very “valuable to me” sites are no longer in existence!. The domaine has been sold and now all new ideas...everything changes...:-(
Disconcerting to say the least and an advantage of a book - it doesn't just disappear without your permission!
Simply Bin It
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Simply Seeing.. Or Not
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