It’s a rather morbid name, but if you’re aiming to get rid of a lot of your clutter, this could be an excellent technique to try!!
Swedish death cleaning, or dostadning, is the process of radically decluttering your home so your children don’t have to do it after you have passed away. Margareta Magnusson, author of the new book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, suggests a good time to start shucking belongings is in your 50s.
There are some fairly solid principles that you can practice over time, to reduce the clutter in your home and your life. For example, Margareta recommends that if a family members gives you a piece of china, or art – and you hate it – just toss it. Keeping it around and especially keeping it on display will just signal the gifter to give you more of the same. Note – this actually happened when I kept a teapot the ex’s mother had given me on display. She thought I loved them and bought me one every time she went to a garage sale!! I had more than a dozen of them!!
She also suggests you get rid of anything that could be embarrassing or cause harm to a loved one – like letters from an illicit love affair (not suggesting that you had one) or secrets that might cause more damage than good.
Finally, she suggests you start with your wardrobe. Most of us aren’t too overly attached to a lot of our clothing. It’s a good place to start and feel like we’re making progress before we make our way to more personal items like books and photos.
This is another take on the “decluttering” movement that many suggest Marie Kondo began a few years ago with her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”
You can check out Marie Kondo here:
Whichever method you choose for cleaning up your home or personal space, it’s a new way of looking at how much stuff we have and asking ourselves “do I need this” or even “could someone else make better use of this” and keep those principles in mind the next time we find ourselves shopping online.