If you have an I Don't Know What to Do With This So I'll Shove It Into This Drawer drawer, listen up! There's a Swedish lifestyle trend that can save you from that clutter bomb. And by "save you," I mean inspire you to put that garbage in the trash, where it's belonged this entire time. Sorry, 300 ketchup packets and that random chip clip from a bank you visited two years ago, but it's time to go. Ironically enough, the trend is known as Swedish Death Cleaning, and .
It was first made popular in the United States by author Margareta Magnusson, who wrote The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter. The Swedish word for it is döstädning. "Dö" means "death" and "städning" means "cleaning."
'The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter,'$13; Amazon
The idea behind Döstädning is to remove unnecessary things and get your home in order as you get older, so you minimize the amount of stuff you leave behind for others to deal with. I know, I know, it feels a little morbid — but the concept is much more than that. It's about organizing your life so every day things are easier, and being meaningful about what you hold onto, which is something I know I can certainly benefit from.
This isn't too far off from KonMari, Marie Kondo's method from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. While KonMari focuses on only holding on to what brings you joy, Swedish Death Cleaning goes a step further — focusing on what makes your life easier, but also on things that won't be annoying for others to deal with when you pass. Always good to have a little extra motivation, right?
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