Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Word For It

I was gratified to learn that Sweden has a tradition of what is called "death cleaning", rigorous editing of inventory with an eye to what will happen when one is not around. Since the date of one's demise is, presumably, not known, death cleaning is a constant minor process.

I learned a wrinkle in the technique while house-sitting recently. The hand-me-downs my student offspring had been happy to accept years ago still irritated me in the minor ways that had led me to offer them in the first place. My new policy will be to offer only things I can't quite bear to give up.

There are small piles of death cleaning inventory accumulating here and there in the house. I'm going to slap a decision deadline sticker on each one to accelerate what the museum folks call de-acquisition -30-

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