Downsizing and Decluttering the Swedish Way

Downsizing, decluttering, whatever you call ridding your life of excess stuff, not only frees your space up it frees your time

Margareta Magnusson, who says she’s between 80 and 100, has written a book titled “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter”

Even though Margareta recommends beginning at 65 she feels that “death cleaning” principals can be freeing at any age.

  • Don’t start with your photos. You will become stuck in your memories and not accomplish much.
  • Keep a list of Passwords for your family.
  • Give away nice things you don’t want.
  • Keep a box of things that matter only to you and label it to be tossed upon death.

Margareta Magnusson, who says she’s between 80 and 100, has written a book titled

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter.”

Magnusson says that the first secret to effective death cleaning is to speak about it always. Pass on your belongings in order to spread the happy memories.

The second key point is not to fear death cleaning:

“Death cleaning isn’t the story of death and its slow, ungainly inevitability, but rather the story of life, your life, the good memories and the bad. ‘The good ones you keep,’ Magnusson says. ‘The bad you expunge.'”

Finally, Magnusson encourages those engaging in Swedish death cleaning to reward their efforts with life-enhancing pleasures and activities, such as going to watch a movie, spending time in the garden, or eating an enjoyable meal. (Need I say no shopping?)

 

 

More information follow these links:

‘Swedish death cleaning’ is the new decluttering trend

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter.”

 

2018-05-04T01:29:58+00:00

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