My caregiver journey is now essentially over. I have posted before about cleaning out a 3 floor house chock full of 4 generations of stuff. Many of us worked for 17 days straight, many rolloff dumpsters, garage sales, keeping some things....I have worked on final clean out for the last 6 months by myself....kept finding things like school board minutes from 1969...club scrapbooks spanning 70 years.....treasures then, but having little meaning now. All the participants are long passed away. House finally empty and sold.
Friends please learn from our mistakes....if you are over 60 or caring for elders, please go to the library and reserve this book!!!!! Here is a preview of what it is about!!
Döstädning, or the art of death cleaning, is a Swedish phenomenon by which the elderly and their families set their affairs in order. Whether it's sorting the family heirlooms from the junk, downsizing to a smaller place, or setting up a system to help you stop misplacing your keys, death cleaning gives us the chance to make the later years of our lives as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whatever your age, Swedish death cleaning can be used to help you de-clutter your life, and take stock of what's important. Margareta Magnusson has death cleaned for herself and for many others. Radical and joyous, her guide is an invigorating, touching and surprising process that can help you or someone you love immeasurably, and offers the chance to celebrate and reflect on all the tiny joys that make up a long life along the way.