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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  • BonDiva BonDiva on Jul 26, 2023

    Last year, I discovered "Swedish Death Cleaning." The title alone cracked me up and helped me to release so many belongings as I was make a big move into small living spaces due to my health.

    I liked the sardonic sound of gentle sarcasm that goes with the title, and have shared the philosphy with many people. It wasn't a video or anything, it was me searching online for ideas.

    Some people feel scared when they see the word, "death," I again, started asking my adult children what they thought they might want of mine to have years on down the line. When they live far away from you, the transportation costs are exhorbitant. I will move on to a niece that I know would take good care of the few heirloom pieces of furniture that I inherited.

    I am more of a giver than a seller, I find that the returns you may receive from doing so, do spread hope and help and joy.

  • Janie Cortez Janie Cortez on Oct 02, 2023

    Good idea to start decluttering now.