There is an exclamation point in the title of this blog post because my 'Swedish Death Cleaning', or de-cluttering, experience was a very positive (and freeing!) one.
GREAT EVEN WHEN YOUNGER & 'NOT-SO-OLD':
I had wanted to do something like this for a long time and, while neither my husband nor myself are in 'old age', we still wanted to downsize our belongings and not have so much 'stuff' to deal with.
POSITIVE & NEGATIVE MOTIVATION:
One of the recent motivations that we had was the experience of my parents who had retired to an even larger home than the one they had previously lived and therefore kept and accumulated even more things.
I have to admit that it is very 'motivating' to see what can happen when someone doesn't engage in some type of de-cluttering and downsizing and how destructive that can be, in so many ways.
GOOD INTENTIONS NEED ACTION ...OR:
They always had the sincere intention of going through their possessions, but never got around to it. Then, of course, as time went on they were unable to do the task at all.
Even worse is that the clutter and accumulation meant that they were not able to really enjoy their belongings and that many of these things also became unusable to do mildew and other infestation.
ORGANIZING VS. DISPOSING:
In short, in regard to our own things, I decided to start throwing out, donating or giving away most of what we had - even furniture and larger items.
I watched a vlog from a professional organizer advising that one should not just 'organize' all of their things, but to get rid of a good portion of it. Hard for me to hear at first, but he was right.
A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESS THAT WORKED:
Cleaning out your personal belongings is a very psychological process and you can read (& see photos) about what I had to do to accomplish my own downsizing in the continuation of this article HERE on another page in this website. Thanks!