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Seriously? Swedish Death Cleaning?

I had been planning to do it for a long time now. And I had already been doing it– sort of, unintentionally, and very slowly. COVID-19, however, gave me concentrated periods of time at home – something we rarely find ourselves with. And so I decided to tackle my “Swedish Death Cleaning” – seriously.

Thanks to this unexpected Coronavirus lock-down, I was self-isolating at home: not going to work (temporarily laid off); not attending art and dance classes (cancelled); not seeing the grandkids several  times a week (social-distancing); not planning our Europe trip or my sister’s visit to Toronto (too risky). Within a few days our universe had turned upside down as governments all over the world, including Canada, declared a “state of emergency”. ‘Time on my hands’ became an opportunity to take my “Swedish Death Cleaning” seriously. Continue reading Seriously? Swedish Death Cleaning?

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The Joys of Spring Cleaning

As the snow melts – dribbling down the snow banks like an ice-cream dripping down the cone on a hot sunny day – spring cleaning is on my mind.

And as I think of sunny days, I realize that I will be spending more of my time outdoors – in the garden and playing with the children on the trampoline. So whatever doesn’t get cleaned and sorted by May will probably wait another six months. Continue reading The Joys of Spring Cleaning