Chocolate chips and Swedish death cleaning

15 Jul


Seriously!  What was I thinking?  So, yeah.  10 bags of chips!  The cookie kind!  I don’t even remember buying them.  I am sure that I did buy them.  Did I buy a bag or two in multiple trips or all at once?  Did the clerk wonder about me when I walked out with 10 bags of chips?  I wonder about me sometimes!

Was it for a specific tasty treat that called for 10 bags of chips that never got made?  Or is this the leftovers that I didn’t use?  I hope it was a double batch of deliciousness!  Yummy Milk Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, tasty Reece’s peanut butter chips, silky ghiradelli dark chocolate chips OH MY!

Sadly this is just one cupboard.  I have several.  My home came equipped with several closets too, and an unfinished room (perfect for storage) that was once a 2nd story porch, a basement, garage, clubhouse, potting shed, and a machine shed.

SERIOUSLY!!  Every nook and cranny is filled with junk, treasures, busted stuff, stuff with price tags still on it,  crafting supplies for crafts that were finished, never started and/or unfinished, things used once and ready and waiting to be used again etc etc etc.   UGH!  30+ years of accumulation.  The detritus of living a blessed life.

I have options.  There is always options!  Short of reporting myself to the reality show Hoarders, my options are this:  continue buying and stashing, stop buying and leave the existing problem for my kids to deal with, or change my ways and clear out the clutter.  Fine. <insert heavy sigh>

I came across a book titled “The gentle art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson.  I like the word “Gentle”.   Seems like that would also mean relatively painless.   I like to avoid pain.  The premise is to edit your stuff while you are alive to make it easier for those that would be responsible for handling your affairs after your death.  I am drawn to living a carefully and thoughtfully edited life.


Now please don’t get the wrong idea.  I will never willingly become a minimalist although I understand it and even have some envy.  That just isn’t me.  I do think that I could reduce my stuff by at least 50% and not miss that 50%.  I bet my checkbook would love a rest too!  I’m gonna work on this.  Gently.

there is lots of clutter in my head too.  Loads of closets full of things that no longer appeal to my heart.  Stories and baggage and experiences that really aren’t mine.  Perspectives that don’t fit me any more.  Negative self talk, self sabotage, and over-thinking no longer belong in my closet.  I’m working on this too.  Gently.

Have you cleared out your closet?  Who needs some cookie chips?

8 Responses to “Chocolate chips and Swedish death cleaning”

  1. KrisR July 16, 2018 at 3:25 am #

    Are you related to me? Seriously? How can you end up with 10 bags of chocolate in your house and not know about it??? Don’t ‘they’ talk to you? I have a (ONE) bag of baking chocolate in the cupboard and it simply won’t shut up. It’s always chattering at me. “KRIS…..I’m HERE! Did you forget about me??? HELLO….KRIS?????” I used to steal chocolate chips when I babysat for the Mulroy girls (don’t tell!). WTF?

    Good luck with your clean out. Next thing I know you’ll be wanting me to completely clean out my stuff from your abode. 😉 I wonder if sister #2 has space available?

    • KrisR July 16, 2018 at 3:26 am #

      Not Mulroy GIRLS….sheesh. BOYS.

    • myolivebranch July 16, 2018 at 8:22 am #

      It just happens sis! it just happens. I don’t think my chips talk 🙂 That’s funny about babysitting and chipping!! Like I told Crystal, I will always have a room for you and your stuff!!

  2. Carr Party of Five July 16, 2018 at 7:48 am #

    I love this!!!!
    And I want that book!!! It looks so perfect!!!!!
    Keep writing-it’s just gold😊❤️❤️❤️

    • myolivebranch July 16, 2018 at 8:23 am #

      I want it too! It might be my first audible book.

  3. Ann Douglas July 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

    Just pretend you are going to move and start a list of things you aren’t going to do anymore like camping and cannng and calligraphy
    Good luck

  4. grapegrower July 16, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    Fruit, tree and F = G m1m2/r2

    • myolivebranch July 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      great minds think alike?? nut doesn’t fall far from the tree??

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