What is Swedish Death Cleaning & Why Should You Try It?

by Simplify

Kallie Branciforte, lifestyle extraordinaire, reminds us that we’re all mortal, so it’s inevitable that we’ll die someday. And even though we might not want to think about it, all of the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years will eventually become a burden on those we leave behind.

So, she tried Swedish death cleaning in her own home and liked it so much she wants to share her personal experience to help the rest of us with a Swedish death cleaning project of our own.

What is Swedish death cleaning? Kallie says it's the basic idea that we don’t want to leave a mess for loved ones once we pass away, so it’s best to start decluttering all of the unnecessary things we own between the ages of 50-65 years old.

According to Kallie, anyone’s Swedish death cleaning checklist should include items you’ve never needed in the first place or items you once needed but no longer do. She says that most people have plenty of methods for bringing items into their homes but very few methods for removing them. So, we all need to rid ourselves of the fear of letting go and just get rid of them already.

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Kallie’s Swedish death cleaning method included going through baskets, bins, closets, and shelves in her home, looking for anything she never needed or no longer needed now. She simply asked herself if each item she came across actually served her, and if not, she got rid of it. In other words, would she use this item again or would donating this item result in someone else enjoying it?

Her Swedish death cleaning before and after results are certainly an inspiration to many. And anyone who doesn’t want to leave their family members with a huge headache after their death should consider Swedish death cleaning.

Swedish death cleaning

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  • Brenda Sampson Brenda Sampson on Oct 23, 2022

    Yes I nhave done the same after discoverying I had RA, and Covid was a bigger shocker. If you have enjoyed using the item s yo no longer need let it go to those family members who will appreicate it and for the less fortunate. The persons who showed me love and care were surprised to recieve gifts and some felt guilty because thier help was out of love, but I told them I also did it out of love and it all ends happily. For those who are like vultures who hover around under false pretenses I ignore, I dont wamt my family to have the burden of items and things they do not need and be stresssed. So well done to all who do this.☺️

    • Kathy Cognata Kathy Cognata on Oct 25, 2022

      Amen! My husband died a year ago and I’m going through probate. I’m shocked at how the family is acting. Disgusting. I’m going to do this cleaning and leave nothing except to my son.

  • Nancy Sanders Nancy Sanders on Nov 02, 2022

    I used to live in an RV and my main rule was if you bought something new in something old had to go. When I came off the road I carried that over to my home. That does help keep things down. This is a standard rule for RVers. If you don’t do it and wind up having to get weight you could be in trouble.