Lighter Living Task #7 Clothes

Fast fashion and too much clothing stuffed in our closets is another form of clutter.

As a starting point, we need to understand Fast Fashion. According to Wikipedia, “Fast fashion is a contemporary term used by fashion retailers for designs that move from catwalk quickly to capture current fashion trends. A second, critical definition adds that fast fashion is not only about quickly moving from runway to store to consumer, but also to the garbage.”

According to the NY Times book review article, How Fast Fashion is Destroying the Planet, Tatiana Schlossberg discusses the book FASHIONOPOLISThe Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas. “More than 60 percent of fabric fibers are now synthetics, derived from fossil fuels, so if and when our clothing ends up in a landfill (about 85 percent of textile waste in the United States goes to landfills or is incinerated), it will not decay.” [Read more…]

Lighter Living Task #6 Getting Your Affairs in Order

Statistically, most people do not have a Will and important documents are either non-existent, dated or in chaos.

This week’s task of getting one’s affairs in order isn’t easy and may take time. I wrote a blog for HomeWatch Caregivers in 2019 that I want to suggest you read at the starting point. [Read more…]

Lighter Living Task #5 Collections

Collections can be fabulously fun but also potentially a burden to those we leave behind.

This week I will talk about collections. Collections can be meaningful for the collector. It can be fun to search for new additions. It may be a source of pride to show others your collections. I am not suggesting to stop doing something that brings you immense pleasure. If however, the collection has lost its favor with you, it may be time to find a new home for it. [Read more…]

Lighter Living Task #4 Taxes

Tax receipts and old returns can become clutter.

This week we tackle tax prep and old tax returns. First let’s talk about old tax returns. A few years ago, I cleared out my mom’s house when she moved to an assisted living facility. In her basement, I found old tax returns from the 1980’s. I had some massive shredding to do!

So how long do you need to keep old returns? [Read more…]

Lighter Living Task #3 Family Treasures

The younger generations may soon forget about or throw out precious family memorabilia if they don’t know the story behind the object.

This week, find a family treasure and make sure the story is recorded about its significance. Record in writing and tell a family member as much as you know about it.

My dad told me the story of a ball knit by his grandmother, my great-grandmother Caroline Hildebrand (1859-1929). [Read more…]

Lighter Living Task #2 Closets

Closets are often filled with clutter. Perhaps they are stuffed to the brim of things we no longer use but have not taken the time to sort.

This week, pick a closet, any closet. Grab some trash bags or empty boxes and set some time aside to tackle this project. First, empty it. Take every item out and then clean the closet by vacuuming or dusting.

Before putting anything back in, ask yourself if you love it or use it. For clothes, make sure it still fits, looks good on you and that you have worn it recently or in the last year or season.

Place items in bags destined to donate, consign or to sell. Thin out duplicates such as too many towels in a linen closet. You can also have a ponder pile or bag to look at later.

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Lighter Living Task #1 Refrigerator and Pantry

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Lighter Living Task #1

Let’s consider food storage and food waste as we declutter our homes.

This week we are in the kitchen and in particular, the refrigerator. Begin by removing every item and washing off the shelves and drawers. Then before any item goes back in, check the expiration date and look for mold. Throw away old and expired items. Consider tossing food that isn’t good for you. Perhaps re-shock with healthier items. [Read more…]

Baby Steps to Lighter Living

If you have decided to downsize or declutter your home, you may feel overwhelmed. Clearing clutter is best done in smaller steps on a regular basis. You may also want to schedule days to work on thinning out your stuff. Mark it in your calendar!

In the movie What About Bob, there is a fabulous scene about Baby Steps.

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