The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter (Compact Disc)

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Wondering what to do with all the clutter you seem to have magically accumulated in your lifetime? Thinking towards to the future and what As morbid as the title appears, Margareta Magnusson uses humor and personal anecdotes to delve into the topic of what happens to your things when you die. She explains - often with easy to digest application and steps - how to declutter your life's mementos so they do not burden the next generation when you are gone. I found her advice to be solid and appropriate for people of all ages (albeit written with an older generation in mind). It's a quick and easy read I highly recommend!

— Amy P.

A new perspective on why we declutter, this book is not as morbid as the title may suggest. Its about kindness and humor and joy as we reflect on what we have and learn to let it go as we enter our elder age in order to live freer and easier lives without fear of burdening our family once we're gone. Though it may seem years away, even as a twenty-something year old, I hope to carry some of these lessons with me through life.

— Jacey A.

Recently having had to clean out my parents homes I KNOW I do not want to leave my stuff for my kids to deal with so I found this book full of humor and also practical and good ideas.

— Diane R


A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.

In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called dostadning, do meaning death and stadning meaning cleaning. This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner rather than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs listeners to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming.

Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you'd ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children's art projects). Digging into her late husband's tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way listeners get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781508282006
ISBN-10: 1508282005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Language: English