Swedish Death Cleaning Is the Next Decluttering Trend You're About to See Everywhere | Working Mother

Swedish Death Cleaning Is the Next Decluttering Trend You're About to See Everywhere

People are going crazy over this book's radical approach to tidying up—and it's not even out yet.

Woman Going Through Her Closet

Don't let its morbid-sounding name deter you.

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If you read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up a few years back and still have a lot of stuff—because heck, plenty of your things spark joy—there's a new decluttering trend that may just do the trick.

According to Business Insider, Death Cleaning, discussed in an upcoming book written by Swedish artist Margareta Magnusson, is about to be the next big thing. Unlike Kondo's method, which focuses on keeping the items that give you joy, Magnusson's method shifts the focus to other people—your loved ones. Namely, the book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning beckons you to ask, "Will anyone I know be happier if I save this?"

The method is also striking because it offers a strategy for long-term, as opposed to short-term, decluttering. The aim is to gradually get rid of items as you age so that when you die, your family won't have to sift through as much stuff. And the stuff they do have to deal with will mean something to them.

New Decluttering Trend

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

If the thought of throwing out a bunch of your belongings just because your family won't understand the memories behind them makes you feel sad, there's a way you can honor each item's significance before you toss it. According to Business Insider, Magnusson suggests taking a moment to reflect on the event or feeling, good or bad, and "to know that it has been a part of my story and of my life."

Although the book is not yet available—it's out January 2, 2018, but you can pre-order it on Amazon—based on the synopsis, readers can expect tips on which items you can quickly toss out, like unworn clothes, as well as which items to store, like love letters and photos, all explained as the author goes through her late husband's tool shed and her own secret drawer.


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