Downsizing, Decluttering and Döstädning

All productive days need a list somewhere near the beginning. If not, you risk wandering off the point, lose motivation and, as I often do, become confused by the number of tasks. Once you are confused by the profusion of tasks it is hard to settle down and achieve anything.

Some things need to be done every day – replies to comments, checking emails, maybe looking at eBay (which is of varying importance, depending on what I am bidding on). Others don’t need doing, as they are just time-wasting habits of no importance.

It is now some time later . . .

I looked up soup recipes using tinned soup, which was something I had meant to do. Then I made the lunch, using one of the recipes. Well, part of one of the recipes. We are out of smoked paprika and the lentils would have taken too long to cook.  Then I had to take Julia to an appointment so, while I was out I nipped to the jewellery shop as I haven’t been for a while.

It’s now 4pm and the day is slightly slipping by, despite my mention of lists.  I am now going to spend another hour on tasks from the list and see how it turns out. I suspect it will be better than some of my recent days.

In the last post I said “research some articles, write some bits for the Numismatic Society Facebook page and knock some submissions into shape.”

I’ve done a bit of research and polished a poem. So far, apart from the soup, they are the only actual list-type things I’ve done. I’ve also found a specialist book dealer who may buy some of my books. I need to downsize and if I can make  few shillings at the same time it will be good.

I’m going to start calling it döstädning, which is Swedish for Death Cleaning. Actually, I might just call it Swedish Death Cleaning, there are a lot of umlauts in there now I come to look at it again.

Ah! I’ve just come up with a new title . . .

16 thoughts on “Downsizing, Decluttering and Döstädning

  1. Laurie Graves

    We, too, are decluttering, albeit slowly. The things we have accumulated over the years! In our defense, most of what we now bring into the house is either food or paint and supplies for repairs. Still…

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      A friend of mine moved every few years when she was married to a soldier, and carried on with the habit all her life. She had no clutter. Once you put down roots, it starts to accumulate . . .

  2. Lavinia Ross

    I’ve been slowly decluttering here, last year being a wake-up call. I like the term döstädning, Swedish for Death Cleaning. Yard, garage and gardens fall under that, too.

      1. Lavinia Ross

        I am having problems with WP and may have run afoul of the “Like” policing software when attempting to catch up with another blogger who posts multiple times in one day. I will be refraining from attempting to “Like” posts or comments for a while as suggested and see if that clears things up. 🙂

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