Swedish Death Cleaning: It's Not as Grim as You Might Think

Okay, a little less grim. But a lot less grime.

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Dostadning, otherwise known as, “Swedish Death Cleaning,” is the latest, somewhat morbid, Swedish trend that’s sweeping the masses. Pun intended.

Spooky though it may sound, SDC is anything but. The idea is drawing attention thanks to Swedish writer, Margareta Magnusson’s upcoming book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. All you organizing freaks out there, keep reading. You’re going to eat this up.

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Simply stated, Swedish Death Cleaning encourages those in their early-to-mid 60s to begin the process of slowly and systematically decluttering their homes. The decluttering process should be maintained throughout the remaining years of ones’ life. The idea is that, by doing so, you can free your friends and family from the responsibility and/or burden of managing a lifetime of accrued material items (read: clutter) after you're gone. 

Ways to Organize

If you think this all still sounds a bit daunting, you’re not alone. Magnusson's tip? Start small. Get rid of the obviously unnecessary stuff — donate clothes that no longer fit, toss gadgets that no longer work or eliminate anything that no longer brings you joy. Take it one step at a time.

So what do you think? Would you give Swedish Death Cleaning a go, or no?

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