What is Swedish Death Cleaning?
Magnusson, an artist, embarked on the book after dealing with the deaths of her parents and husband and tried to figure out what to do with their possessions. Magnusson, a Swede, writes about the Swedish idea of döstädning, which translates to death cleaning. Dö means death in Swedish and städning means cleaning. The thrust of the book is to slowly begin decluttering so your death isn’t such a burden for those you leave behind.
It's similar to other trendy thoughts on home organization and approaches to life, like hygge, which caught on last year.
What to Hold on to
Take a look in kitchen cabinets and make a note of how many plates and glasses you keep. Chances are you don’t need them all.
Things to Document
It’s during this process that you begin putting together a document that holds any login and password information for any financial institutions or other relevant information that’s going to be tough to find after your death.
Make sure your remaining items are packed and stored properly.
Where to Start
How to Give Things Away
To avoid that problem, Magnusson suggestions bring your things to friends and family as presents. Instead of a bouquet of flowers, give your friend whatever item of yours they’ve long admired.
Get yourself started by cutting clutter.
When to Start
Check out some of these ideas for kitchen storage that you can use to free up space.
Make it Last
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