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 dstdning, d meaning death and stdning 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 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 readers 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 youd ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your childrens art projects). Digging into her late husbands tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go....
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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter Reviews
I love the gentle art of Swedish death cleaning. The idea of it, that is. Not so much the book, though. I gave it two stars just because I think it's a good idea, even if really poorly executed. Thankfully, I won this book in a giveaway and didn't waste my own money on it. As a public service, I will save you the the cost of the book with a quick summary. I'd say that I'm also saving you time, but this book took literally 40 minutes to read - and that included my husband interrupting me to come ...more
Author Magnusson says she's between 80 and 100 and is doing her own death cleaning, the process of sorting through one's possessions and giving away, selling, or discarding things that are no longer necessary for your lifestyle. That's probably because you've reached the stage that you're no longer able to maintain your belongings and surroundings and are moving to an apartment or retirement community.
The book is brief and the writing style folksy and warm. One paragraph I read today that made ...more
A sweet little book with tips, memories, tales, and tiny drawings from an "older woman" on dealing with the accumulated objects and memories of your life. Good for one at any age. I will loan it to my parents.
I loved this book. The gentle voice of the writer reminded me so much of my German mother in law. It was lovely and inspiring. It is funny because I disliked Marie Kondo’s book so much I really couldn’t read it at all. But this I loved. It is kind of inspiring and I feel like I need to do some death cleaning of my own.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Scribner for the ARC for my honest review. The name may be off putting but it is well worth the quick read that it is. I had just gotten back from a trip to Sweden and the name caught my eye. What the heck? I have been to Sweden loads of times and have never heard of this...so curiosity aroused I requested it. I have just gone through an unwanted divorce and so am clearing and cleaning out my house. Not for the same reasons but sort of-I feel like its a sort of d ...more
I'm not sure how someone could pass up a title like this. I'm pretty confident the power chords and blaring drums of Entombed (or maybe Dismember) must play in the background every time you read the title.
You might expect some kind of hybrid between Marie Kondo and hygge, but it's just another get rid of stuff book with ABBA references and typically Swedish stories about sailing the coastline and skiing in swim suits. Plus advice like don't iron your whole shirt if you're going to wear a sweat o ...more
Alrighty, so not what I was looking for. This is a gentle nudge about getting your house together with basic breakdowns of clothing, furniture, knickknacks, and personal items. Unfortunately, either I have my act together or am way more neurotic that this provided nothing new for me. I routinely clear out closets and always have three piles: keep, throw, and donate. Since other members of my household tend towards hoarding I implemented a rule: Buy something, get rid of something--actually, in o ...more
Do not ever imagine that anyone will wish - or be able - to schedule time off to take care of what you didn't bother to take care of yourself. No matter how much they love you, don't leave this burden to them.
I value the concept of Death Cleaning, I was prepared to love this book, but I found only a few helpful suggestions in this short little book: start with areas that have the least emotional tug; give yourself a week per room; give away your treasures to loved ones now.
The essence of this b ...more