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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

I recently read an interesting little book entitled The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, by Margareta Magnusson. The title intrigued me, even though I’m not planning to die any time soon. But the book offers some excellent tips on how to de-clutter and simplify our lives – even for those of you still in your twenties and thirties. Here are a few of Mrs. Magnusson’s smart organization tips:


· Start the de-cluttering process with a category of “stuff” that will be easy to sort through, such as clothing, gardening tools or old sports equipment

· Clothes are a great place to start, because there are usually impulse purchases or clothing that no longer fits that can be donated or simply pitched

· When cleaning house, put items that are out of place in an apron pocket or basket to distribute back to their proper place, rather than clean around them

· The basket idea is also great if you have a multi-level home. When you find an item where it doesn’t belong, throw it in the basket to be carried up or down on the next trip

· If you “ponder where this thing you are holding in your hand belongs, perhaps you will find that you don’t need this thing at all.” (1)


We can thank a Swedish lady who has moved 17 times for these ideas. She has brilliantly determined to simplify her life, and her children’s lives when she moves to “the Great Beyond.” (2)


If you need help de-cluttering your world, contact us today!


The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson, Scribner 2018, ISBN 978-1-5011-7324-0

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