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Death cleaning - or just cleaning for a simpler, uncluttered life

10 Things that should be thrown away now - the idea in the book featured below on Swedish 'Death Cleaning' is to live in a house that is cleared of clutter. All this month of April, we are proclaimed and motivated to clean up the environment - and traditionally we 'spring clean' at this time of year. Yesterday we had the story of Mike and Laura Harris as they experienced downsizing from a 6,000 square foot house in the country to a home on the upper floor on the Public Square in Columbia. Today, this article shares how to get started on lightening up.

The Swedish have a solution and it starts long before a person starts feeling unable to downsize. They call it, somewhat unpleasantly, 'death cleaning.' But the project is really about preparing to live simply.

Author Maggie Magnusson divides the cleaning into categories of rooms and things, like clothing and books. She points out that this makes it easier for those left behind - but it also makes daily living easier.



She advises to start with a category with many things in it, but very little sentimental attachment. If you no longer give large family dinners, start in the kitchen where there are likely to be tons of serving dishes and tableware, fancy and not. Ask a newly married grandchild or niece, if they would like some of these items. In fact, invite your young relatives to take things you sort out.

Make a special effort to sort out photos, scrapbooks or memorabilia that other relatives will want and offer it to them.

Sort out things you don't wish to leave to family, too.

10 Things that should be thrown away now

Some things are wasteful to keep. They waste space and your energy. Here are 10:

1. Old medications. A year after the expiration date, just pitch it.

2. Scratched non-stick cookware. You hate it anyway. No one else wants it.

3. Old sneakers. When they get old, they break down. No one else can use them.

4. Old plastic containers. Discolored. No lids. You hate them. Pitch them.

5. Liquor. It's junk after it has been opened and sitting in your cabinet for a year.

6. Old cosmetics. Not even you use that broken up stuff. Pitch it.

7. Creams and lotions. If they are more than a year old, they are trash.

8. Old cleaning tools. When the tool looks worse than the thing it is supposed to clean, get rid of it.

9. Random socks. If you want to, then do a massive sock match. But otherwise, in the trash.

10. Paperbacks. This can be hard for book lovers, but remember even the library throws away books. Old, dusty paperbacks do little besides take up space. Recycle them if you want. Or try to give them away. But get rid of them.


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