Have the words “death cleaning” been buzzing in your ears lately? Döstädning, as it’s called in Sweden, is the practice of radically decluttering your home to make things easier for loved ones when you croak. (Yup.) And it’s taking Scandinavia and the world by storm.
Erm, sad and depressing much? Not so, insists Margareta Magnusson, author of The Gentle Art Of Swedish Death Cleaning (Scribner, January 1). On the flipside, she thinks living with less by gifting away your belongings will help you live a happier life. Want to try it out? Here, eight of Magnusson’s straightforward death cleaning tips, and three that might challenge your way of thinking (but are so worth it).