You Must Get Started on Your Swedish Death Cleaning

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Exciting news: There’s a new organizational how-to in town. Look out, Marie Kondo, and make approach for The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter. The author, Margareta Magnusson, who is “somewhere between 80 and 100,” started a routine of cleaning out her home and organizing her affairs for her heirs, and found it so rewarding that she wrote a book about it.

Questions: 1) What is genocide cleaning 2) What creates it opposite from Marie Kondo 3) Why is it not called only “cleaning out your home and organizing your affairs for your heirs”?


Answers: 1) According to Whimn, it’s a routine (that ideally starts in your 50s) of solemnly giving divided unconnected possessions; 2) it is decluttering, though with an additional recommendation about how to understanding with a unsentimental matters surrounding death; and 3) that doesn’t make a really good book title.

This has sparked an engaging contention on Metafilter, since anyone who is aging or has aging relatives has a dog in this fight. There are stories of on-the-ball grandparents who left orderly financial annals and minimal stuff, and stories of despondency during cleaning out hoarders’ houses full of junk. Some people think, as Alan Alda reportedly joked, that it’s fine to leave a domicile of un-edited things (What do we care? We’re dead) and others consider it is both a shortcoming and a affability to streamline a routine as most as we can for your desired ones after we go.

I’m with a streamliners, with caveats. For one, nothing of us knows when we’re going to go, and if we corked off tomorrow we would really be withdrawal behind a closet full of unworn clothes, a lot of CDs we still haven’t put on my computer, and a lot of pointless hand-written records that contend things like “buy TP, maybe write story about french parents? cue to bank comment is BANKTIME.” My will is…somewhere. (Probably filed underneath D for “dead.”) Dying is not like withdrawal for a trip, in that we purify yourself out a door—all of us will leave behind some unprepared business and a half-eaten crate of yogurt in a fridge. And two, we all have attachments to things that is incomprehensible to other people, so it’s tough to inspire someone else to declutter when we don’t entirely sense how protected and friendly their shelf of Hummel figurines creates them feel. So we all have to step delicately with assisting desired ones purify out.


The good thing about Magnusson’s instructions is that her book is also about holding assign of your life for yourself, while you’re living: “It is about a permanent form of classification that creates your bland life run some-more smoothly.” She also offers assistance on how to open this review with aging relatives who competence be demure to speak about what they’re going to leave behind. Is it morbid? It doesn’t seem like it. It seems some-more like a peaceful, orderly approach to settle your affairs, so that we haven’t left a large Swedish genocide disaster for other people to purify up.

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