5 Things You Need to Know about Swedish Death Cleaning
The author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
on how getting rid of unnecessary objects and clutter can bring order to your home and your life—before loved ones have to do it for you.
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I've discovered that it is rewarding to spend time with the objects I want to rid myself of one last time and then dispose of them. Each item has its own history, and remembering that history is often enjoyable. When I was younger, I never used to have the time to sit and think about what an object meant to me in my life, or where it came from, or when and how it came into my possession. The difference between death cleaning and just a big cleanup is the amount of time they consume. Death cleaning is not about dusting or mopping up; it is about a permanent form of organization that makes your everyday life run more smoothly.