Hardly a week goes by without me receiving an email from someone who has had to wade through mountains of clutter left by a parent or relative who has died.
Sorting though the clutter of someone who has died can be time-consuming, laborious and often quite emotionally challenging too, so it’s very refreshing to receive an email from someone who has been through the process herself and taken her own affairs in hand.
Here’s the inspiring letter she sent me, which she has given me permission to share with the world:
It all started years ago when my mother died and my sister and I had to get her (very small) house ready for sale. I was totally amazed how much stuff she had hidden away in closets and drawers. Turned out it was a good thing for me. She had kept everything (even my grades from grade school!!!), so I did take that little suitcase and was able to make up a wonderful photo album going way back in my life, which my grandchildren now enjoy looking at! But all that aside, I promised myself that I would not impose this chore to my children when I die.
So, once a year since that time, I have gone through my two-storey house plus basement, and gotten rid of things I no longer used and needed. And so I blissfully thought that I was junk-free. Then I read your book. What an eye-opener. Those things that held any kind of emotional memories, those things that I might use one day, those things that came to me from others, those things that were just too good to throw out, were still holding my energy hostage – and I never realized that. So, thank you, thank you for Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. I feel liberated, energized, and as if someone gave me a new road map.
You’d think that at 85 years I would be happy to settle into a quiet existence. But instead I am excited. One thing has already happened – when I let go of old things, the universe is read to open new horizons. All I can think of is the glory of the leaves turning into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors just before they are ready to fall to the ground and nourish the earth. This is my autumn.
From a de-cluttered Eva, USA
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