The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Funny, wise, and deeply practical, Swedish artist Margareta Magnusson offers advice on how to declutter your home and minimize your worldly possessions so your loved ones don’t have to do it for you.In Swedish there is a word for it: Döstädning, “dö” means “death” and “städning” means “cleaning.” The idea behind death cleaning is to remove unnecessary things and get your home in order as you become older. But this word also ...

Details The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

TitleThe Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Death

Reviews The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

  • LK
    Right. Well, first of all, you can't make available a galley of a book on my favorite guilty-pleasure topic (decluttering), call it "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" and expect me NOT to download it. Secondly - would someone please call their band Swedish Death Cleaning? That cannot just be left on the table.
  • Kathleen
    "Funny, wise, and deeply practical..." Yes, yes, and yes! That last one may throw some people off, but if you're not discouraged by the title or thinking too deeply about mortality, this may be the right book for you. For anyone who is intrigued by the Marie Kondo method of tidying-up, but not on board with the "magic" and "life-changing" aspects, this book is probably a good fit for you if you're drawn to a more practical philosophy on why you s...
  • Bonny
    I was excited when a great reading friend brought The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning to my attention. The title made me laugh, but it really does make sense. Döstädning is the Swedish word for the concept; dö is translated as death, and städning means cleaning. This can mean clearing out after a loved one has died, but it's so much more. Margareta Magnusson encourages people to downsize and begin to responsibly clear out their own thing...
  • Emily
    "Save your favorite dildo--but throw away the other fifteen!" is a jarring bit of advice from this brief and rather charming book by Swedish granny who gives her age as "between eighty and one hundred years old." In it, she explains her philosophy of downsizing and giving things away to reduce the work (emotional and otherwise) of cleaning up after her death.I've never read the primary comp title for this book--The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying ...
  • Susan Underbrink
    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 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 sa...
  • Amanda
    This book is written like a grandmother telling her grandchild the important things to do as you age. It is not like the cleaning books that are very self centered about doing everything for yourself. This encourages you to not only thing about yourself but of those that are going to left behind to take care of all your items. I am not even middle aged yet and I really took a lot away from this book about how I live my life and the items that I h...
  • Janelle
    This book is a helpful, fun, quick read for anyone intrigued by the Kon-mari craze of "tidying up." I have watched my parents "death clean" after their parents and one of their siblings (although they did not use that term). They were overwhelmed by the tasks left to them and seemed determined not to let history repeat itself with their own belongings. Only time will tell if they succeed, however. It already seems that as each year passes, they b...
  • Dianna
    What will happen to all your stuff when you die? Will your spouse have to spend years mucking out all the junk in the house? Will your kids send it all off to a dump? Margareta Magnusson suggests a better way: take your own stuff into your own hands. Don't keep stuff you don't use anymore. Find good homes for the things you don't need. Make it easier for your family after you're gone.The author starts out by describing the cleaning she does after...
  • Annie
    Written in a chatty very down to earth style, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning is part memoir, part how-to manual, part philosophy book and something of a cultural introduction to scandinavian customs and mores.Her writing style is humorous and wry and delightful. The author talks frankly about getting rid of things which tie us down and smother us in belongings/junk/stuff.In that manner, this book reminds me a lot of The Life-Changing Ma...
  • Cat
    This book was go fun! I started a death cleaning 10 years ago, way before this book. I wanted to get my affairs in order and de-clutter my house both for my sake and my daughters. Still have stuff to do, but this book will make it easier! Great book!
  • Kat
    When a friend mentioned this book on her blog, I immediately wanted to read it and promptly requested the book from Net Galley! I found The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning an inspiring, get off your butt and get things done book! If you liked Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you will find this book a more direct and practical approach to the tidying, de-cluttering task! If you did not like Marie Kondo at all, I think you ...
  • Romany
    I was probably already a convert before reading this book. It seems to me that the more items we have, the less meaning each of them holds. Why not only keep the things that you are really attached to, and give away the rest? Discarding does have a relationship to death, and I would have liked to have read more about the psychology behind this connection. But really, it's not that kind of book. It's just a suggestion to sort your stuff about befo...
  • Stina
    Anmeldelsen kan læses på Bognørden
  • Christine Lussier
    Received from NetGalley, will review closer to publication date
  • Mandi
    A really interesting concept and process. With all things Swedish being so big right now I can see people really taking to this idea.I thought the book was well written in a lovely conversation style.However, this southern girl sort of felt like following it's advice would be tempting fate. Maybe I was just raised with too many superstitions for this to be for me. I'm all for decluttering and cleaning but doing it with my future death in mind jus...