ISBN: 1501173243
EAN13: 9781501173240
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 2, 2018
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 5" W
Weight: 1.74 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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

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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 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 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 readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.

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   if you must read it, read on klndle. Complete waste of $13
An elderly woman wrote this book. It reads like someone asked her questions, and she answered, sometimes a little naughty, and spoke a lot. The title of the book implies that you will get instruction, by adding the words art and how to. You don't. Get rid of everything you don't want others to know before you die. There, there, there. You don't have to read the book.
   This author does not value the worth of a devoted pet.
The author gives her dogs away when she is moving. When she is moving, she puts her dog down. She wants to get another dog. A pet owner who does not value their pet's worth should not be a pet owner at all. Pets shouldn't be included in items that aren't needed. After reading this portion of the book, I closed the book and am throwing it away.
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I shipped The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning to one of my brothers so that he could read it to our oldest sister, because I think she would enjoy it. It's a good book to get the conversation started with loved ones about their things and dealing with them before they die rather than them leaving it all behind for us to figure out what to do with it. There are a few ways to go through things that may be helpful to some. There was a brief mention of dildos while reading this book. My husband woke up and asked what was funnier, the image of a Grandmother saying these things to me made me laugh so loudly. He started laughing after reading him the passage. This is not the book for you if you find things offensive.
   Want to get organized? Buy this book!
I am of Swedish descent. The title is derived from their practical nature. Not morbid! I couldn't figure out why my mother keeps giving away her things. Now I understand. Margareta makes so much more sense than the extreme ways to get organized, and she speaks with a lot of humor. Depending on how old you are, you can change what you do to suit you. Sharing and Simplify is a win. A small book.
   Zen and the Unexpected Art of What To Let Go and Organizing What To Keep
I was pleasantly surprised by the simple instructions from the writer, but I was a little annoyed by her observations about how to decorate and organize. By the end of the book, I was struck with the profundity of its simple approach to life as well as death and our own responses to it and regarding all we cannot take with us. As we prepare to leave our quality of life, I found this experience practical and reflective.
   Awesome book! Read with care.
The book is about a very personal and fraught moment in life. I think everyone should read it, but it needs to be looked at carefully. A lot of people complain that it doesn't tell them how to clean. That's not the aim. It shows you how to do the things you should be doing and not expect other people to clean up after you die. Don't read it lightly and embrace what it tells you. You will be happy in the long run.