Saturday, March 31, 2018

The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning

The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning: how to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter / Margareta Magnusson, 118 pgs.

The author describes herself as "between the ages of 80 and 100" then tells of the Swedish practice of döstädning aka "death cleaning."  The idea is to go through your stuff and get rid of what you can instead of leaving a big mess for someone else.  She advocates starting on this early so as to not "age out" on our capability to finish the job.  There are many general hints here, mostly nothing brand new or earth shattering but said in such a wonderful way, you really fell compelled to keep reading.  One point is that you should get rid of things that might upset your heirs.  My favorite quote "Save your favorite dildo - but throw away the other fifteen!" Of course this might also apply to letters, diaries or other documents that would embarrass your descendants.  Good suggestions told in an entertaining way, an appropriate gift for anyone who has asked you to be their executor. 

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