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Decluttering, cleaning up

Monday, October 15, 2007

Today my husband and I had to go through his brother's multiple boxes of knick knacks - probably prizes in bingo games - because he won't be able to take them with him when he moves to a nursing home which will be his permanent home. It's hard to make decisions like this for someone who must pare down and who is unable to do this for themselves.

Mom has gone through the same thing. She lived in a retirement apartment for 15 years, then an assisted living and now an adult foster care. Thankfully she is very well taken care of. She misses small things that defined her life for so long. My sister tells me Mom was wondering why she didn't have her iron anymore. Something many of us would gladly do without. She wonders what happened to her curling iron. She hasn't used either of these for years because of arthritis and other problems in her hands. I think it's just wanting to see old familiarities. But it's sad.

The more satisfying "decluttering/tidying up" I did today was cleaning up the flower bed in the back yard. Just one little flower bed where the daylilly, hollyhocks, chives and crocosmia grows. I had just enough time before the rain came.

The other decluttering I'm doing is here at Sparkpeople. Writing down every morsel that goes in my mouth and looking at the calorie count helps me decide I really don't need anything else to nibble on. In this case I plan to toss out excess pounds. This is a happy kind of decluttering.
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    Yes, I am thankful my parents gradually pared down over the years. I keep trying to simplify my life too. It brings a sense of peace. Maybe you can take pictures of some of the things to help them remember.
    1709 days ago
    I found out when I moved a couple of months ago when I was trying to sort through stuff what is really important. Who'd have known that I was sentimental? The things that i kept had been given it to me by someone special, or there was a story behind them. But when you purge those things, you're purging the past...which is part of who and what you are. That's the hard part.

    When you said your mother had lived in a retirement apartment...that threw me for a loop...because that's where I'm living! But that doesn't mean my next move will be to assisted living. I'm working on improving my health, and getting strong. I said when I moved into this apartment that I was gonna die here, and I'm sticking with that. But I'm only 54, so I could live here for 30-40 years! Instead of saying, "I'm too young to be this old!", I'm gonna younger instead of older!!!

    Good luck with your brother and his transition...I'm sure it's sad. And God bless your mother!

    3512 days ago
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