Sorting for & with Family

In Marie Kondo's book, she discusses that if parents leave their many years of collecting to their children to deal with when they die, they miss out on revisiting their treasures (photos for instance) themselves before then. While looking through all they have, they can pick and choose what to leave behind...what they want their children to enjoy.


I learned today that Margareta Magnusson wrote: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

"It should be said that “death cleaning,” translated from the Swedish döstädning, does not necessarily involve the dreaded fact of death; rather, it is the steady acknowledgement and anticipation that you should start shedding the baggage of life rather than leave it for your unfortunate children to deal with. It’s also about facing one’s eventual exit in a mature, healthy, and unsentimental way." source: vogue.com/article/swedish-art-of-death-cleaning
video with the author: youtube.com

Here's a helpful comparison/discussion of both styles of sorting/decluttering: Abundantly Minimal

I haven't read Magnusson's book (yet) but from what I have read/watched online about it, my style of sorting and decluttering is a mix of both Margareta and Marie's. I welcome family to share and discuss what is found while sorting, and to do it, the sooner the better. For more opportunities for bonding and sharing of memories, let's do this before we die, if we can, and not leave too much of a burden to our loved ones after we are gone!

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