It's more than a month into this weird new normal of house-bound working from home; online screen time for all social and fitness needs; and re-embracing long-form letter writing… even if it *is* slower, sorer and more expensive than email.
And six months since Mum died. But I feel like the stars have aligned and life is topsy-turvy, in a good way. I'm living back at our family house in the country, but now I have no caregiving responsibilities, just all the time in the world (i.e. no commute to work; no weekend plans beyond the front gate) to go through stuff.
'Mindful sorting' is what I call it - or ‘slow’ decluttering. It's more haphazard and time consuming than going full Marie Kondo, and more environmentally friendly too. We don’t have the bin space, nor do charity shops (they’re all shut); so everything’s being whittled down and repurposed, or neatly boxed up with various destination labels on them.
After many attempts at clearing out the things I can't use (/wear), I'm finally ready to move on Mum’s good stuff. Leather belts, shoes, gloves. Silk-lined, fur-lined, hand-stitched, re-soled, having been safely stored for years (sometimes decades!) in fabric bags or plastic sleeves. With no chance of a garage sale or family get together anytime soon, I’ve put some goods online to give everyone the chance to rehome something.
If you’d like to support this project by donating on top of the postage fee, I’ll give additional funds to Parkinson's Victoria (or feel free to nominate another charity that's close to your heart).