After their deaths, ‘The Big Clean’ stirred up much emotion and a desire for minimalism

After my parents’ deaths, my sisters and I were left with 46 years of belongings to sift through in our childhood home. This wasn’t a case of hoarding newspapers and the latest QVC purchases that you might see on a reality tv show. My parents’ home was filled with objects from their life together.

As children of parents who lived through and experienced the harsh realities of The Great Depression, they were resourceful and careful with their spending. The “in good condition” things that were organized neatly in closets and in the basement and “might be used again.”

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Written By: Lisa B. Samalonis

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