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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called dstdning, d meaning death and stdning meaning cleaning. This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming.Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than youd ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your childrens art projects). Digging into her l...

Title : The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
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ISBN : 9781501173240
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 128 pages
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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter Reviews

  • Kendra

    Yes I read this old person cleaning book, don't judge me.

  • Dianna

    What will happen to all your stuff when you die? Will your spouse have to spend years mucking out all the junk in the house? Will your kids send it all off to a dump?

    Margareta Magnusson suggests a better way: take your own stuff into your own hands. Don't keep stuff you don't use anymore. Find good homes for the things you don't need. Make it easier for your family after you're gone.

    The author starts out by describing the cleaning she does after loved ones' deaths, and then outlines what she ha
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  • G.G.

    Recently one of my sisters told me that our mother had started sorting through her desk and throwing out old photos—those she could no longer recall where they’d been taken and/or who was in them. “You know, that Swedish death cleaning thing,” my sister said. Just after that conversation I happened upon Trish’s (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...) excellent review of Margareta Magnusson’s book and decided I needed to read it for myself.

    It doesn’t take long—a couple of hours—but is no less
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  • Jim Angstadt

    The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

    Margareta Magnusson

    This charming, easy to read book, is filled with helpful guidance that is probably one or two steps away from minimalism.

    The author and her family have lived in various locations around the world; she has lots of first hand experience keeping the needed, and losing the clutter.

    Self described as being between eighty and one hundred years old, she has had ample time to experi
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  • Vivian

    Alrighty, so not what I was looking for. This is a gentle nudge about getting your house together with basic breakdowns of clothing, furniture, knickknacks, and personal items. Unfortunately, either I have my act together or am way more neurotic that this provided nothing new for me. I routinely clear out closets and always have three piles: keep, throw, and donate. Since other members of my household tend towards hoarding I implemented a rule: Buy something, get rid of something--actually, in o ...more

  • Vicki Cline

    This is a very short and interesting book about cleaning up your stuff before you die, although we could probably all use its advice no matter where we are in life. Basically, look over stuff you no longer want and try to give it to family, friends, charities or just trash it. One unusual suggestion was to have a box where you put things you like to look at and reminisce about, perhaps, but which no one else would be interested in. Just label the box "burn this" so your legatees won't even have ...more

  • Marjorie Elwood

    Imagine your eccentric great-aunt writing a book about organization/getting rid of possessions…this is it.

    Döstädning, Swedish for death (dö) cleaning (städning), means trying to lessen the chaos after you die to make it easier on your loved ones, who would otherwise have to go through all your possessions. It involves going through your items, remembering them, and then giving them away.

    Magnusson’s voice is matter-of-fact and quite conversational, albeit a little simplistic. While for the most p
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  • Lisa

    Other than being utterly adorable, this book doesn't offer much insight beyond "get rid of your stuff before you die." My two favorite quotes from the book:

    "Life will become more pleasant and comfortable if we get rid of some of the abundance."

    "I have gone skiing in a bikini on a wonderful, sunny winter day."