Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

Snowy garden

6/52 for the group 2021 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: F is for February

Right at the end of the cold snap, we got a bit of snow. As the temperature is supposed to rise by about 10 degrees, it will probably be gone by lunchtime tomorrow.

Snowy garden

In other news, I have been sorting boxes of stuff. You've probably heard of Marie Kondo and her books and videos on decluttering and I know at least one of my LJ friends has had a lot of success with her methods. However, while I have taken to her clothes folding system and kept it up for a year or two now, the "sparks joy" idea never really worked for me. But when I was having a spell of watching YouTube cleaning and decluttering videos, I came across Swedish Death Cleaning. Whereas Marie Kondo's method is all about keeping the things that spark joy, the Swedish Death Cleaning is about disposing of things so whoever has to clear your home doesn't have to. Having done several house clearances of elderly family members, I want to make things easier for our son and daughter. Don't get me wrong, I hope we both have many years left, but the pandemic has concentrated the mind rather.

The first step has been to shred lots of papers. My old stories and books full of notes of ideas might amuse me to look back over occasionally, but do I really want someone else reading stuff I wrote in my teens? Anything worth writing is on the computer. I also had boxes of things that were supposedly of sentimental value, but to be honest, having pulled a boxful out today, they no longer spark joy and the children definitely wouldn't want them. I had a big declutter probably 10 years ago, but things I wanted to keep then are definitely not needed now and they can go. I really would like our little house to be easier to keep clean and tidy.

The decluttering will take time. If I include the garage, it's going to take all this year and more, but at least I have made a start.

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