10 Takeaways From Swedish Death Cleaning That Will Inspire You To Declutter

If you’ve done a search for decluttering tips during the past few years, you’ve probably seen or heard the term Swedish death cleaning — and thought, ‘Whaaat is this? Swedish death cleaning? Who wants to read a book about preparing to die?’

Here’s why doing a Swedish death purge is — or isn’t — something you might want to try.

1. “Death Cleaning is Not Sad”

It’s a positive framework for having sensitive conversations that we may have been avoiding.

2. “… but the death cleaning took almost a year.”

If you’re living in a home filled with a lifetime of clutter and memories, it’s TOTALLY OKAY to spend a LONG TIME working through the process of decluttering.

3. “No matter how much they love you, don’t leave this burden to them.”

4. “A loved one wishes to inherit nice things from you. Not all things from you.”

6. “Regard your cleaning as an ordinary, everyday job. And in between, enjoy yourself as much as possible with all the things you like to do.”