The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

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Simon and Schuster, 2.01.2018 г. - 128 страници
A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.

In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming.

Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children’s art projects). Digging into her late husband’s tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.
 

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Clearly, I’m secretly Swedish. I’ve been death cleaning all my life. Sadly, as I try to give things away, people don’t cherish them as much, and I end up keeping too many memories. Прочетете пълната рецензия

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I requested this ARC from netgalley because of the blurb, which indicated that this book about decluttering and cleaning was similar to Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Death ... Прочетете пълната рецензия

Съдържание

Am Writing This Book
5
How to Begin
11
More Organizing
18
Happy People
25
How to Discuss the Topic of Death Cleaning
31
A Womans Job
38
Home
45
A Few Thoughts on Accumulation
46
Things Things and More Things
62
Unwanted Things
69
Pets
76
Photographs
83
The Throw Away Box
90
My Little Black Book
97
The Story of Ones Life 104 After Life
107
FROM ANDRÉA IN BOHUSLÄN 109 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
113

The Kitchen
54

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Информация за автора (2018)

Margareta Magnusson is, in her own words, aged between 80 and 100. Born in Sweden, she has lived all over the world. Margareta graduated from Beckman's College of Design and her art has been exhibited in galleries from Hong Kong to Singapore. She has five children and lives in Stockholm. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning is her first book.

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