Swedish Death Cleaning Is The Latest Declutter Craze - The M Word

Swedish Death Cleaning Is The Latest Declutter Craze

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We know that decluttering all the stuff we don’t need out of our lives will make us better – and happier – people.

We also know it’s not easy to part ways with those skinny jeans you wore back in 2003, prepartum.

And what about those unwearable – but beautiful – Guccis gathering dust at the bottom of the wardrobe?

The latest ‘get rid of stuff – be happier’ craze is Swedish Death Cleaning.

It sounds like something from a dark Scandinavian thriller, but this trend kind of makes sense – in a morbid way.

If you thought Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing was going to change your life. Or that you’d follow the lead of Zero Waste lifestyle pioneer, Bea Johnson, someday soon, then Swedish Death Cleaning may be for you.

It’s certainly a lot less complicated. There’s none of that folding palaver or trying to fit your entire wardrobe into a carry-on suitcase.

The Scandinavians are known for their minimalist aesthetic. And this method from Margareta Magnusson could just change your life.

And of course, there’s a book; The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter.

It’s not available until December 28th, but it’s already creating a buzz.

Unlike the one-fell-swoop concept of Kondo’s tome, this ‘art’ is a slow process that begins in middle age.

The idea is that you gradually shed your possessions over time to spare your family dealing with all the clutter after you die.

Magnusson, who told the New York Post that she’s somewhere between the ages of 80 and 100, has a motto too. ‘If you don’t love it, lose it. If you don’t use it, lose it.’

It’s a bit less airy-fairy that Kondo’s ‘Does it spark joy’ question you’re supposed to ask of every item before deciding whether or not to keep it.

We think it might just work.