If you recommend Marie Kondo’s books to everyone you meet and swear by the magic of hygge, we’re here to tell you about a new trend that’s going to become your latest obsession: Swedish death cleaning.
While the trend was born out of the idea that you should minimise the clutter in your home before you pass away, its principles can help you to live a happier and more meaningful life too. Here, we’ll talk you through some ways in which you can master the art of Swedish death cleaning, so your living space will always be at its best. Read on to learn how you can make this tradition work for you.
Have a big clear-out
The first step of Swedish death cleaning is to rid your home of any unnecessary clutter. The idea is that you should only keep things that you use and things that bring joy to your life. Once you’ve decided what you would like to keep, you can donate, recycle, and throw away everything else.
Margareta Magnusson is the author of the soon to be released book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. According to Business Insider UK, she asks herself a simple question when she’s deciding whether to get rid of something: “Will anyone be happier if I save this?”. This harks back to the original premise of Swedish death cleaning, which is to prepare your home and belongings so they aren’t a burden to your loved ones when you die. However, asking yourself this question when you’re having a regular clear-out can help you to make difficult decisions about the pieces you want to keep “just in case”.
Getting rid of unnecessary clutter doesn’t mean you should leave yourself with one plate and spoon to eat with. Instead, focus on keeping the things you use on a regular basis and removing all the other bits and pieces. This should clear your mind and help you to home in on what’s actually important.
Store sentimental and seasonal items out of sight
Swedish death cleaning isn’t just about keeping the things you need — it’s also about preserving the items that bring you joy. So, if you have photos and mementos that you can’t bear to get rid of, you can keep your space neat and tidy by storing these out of sight.
Of course, you’ll want to keep your prized possessions in the best condition, so make sure you pack them up properly before storing them away. Plastic Box Shop has a wide range of underbed storage boxes that are perfect for this. They come in a range of sizes and colours, they’re very discreet, and many of them have wheels, which means they’re easy to move when you need to access them.
Keep on top of things
Once you’ve finished having a clear-out, you won’t want to do it again any time soon. So, it’s important that you stay on top of things.
You can help to make sure you don’t collect lots of clutter by keeping an eye on your shopping habits. You could even let friends and family know that they don’t need to buy you birthday or Christmas presents anymore (unless there’s something you need). By limiting the amount of stuff that is brought into your home, you’ll find it much easier to keep your space neat, tidy, and in line with the principles of Swedish death cleaning.
By following this three-step plan you’ll ensure that your home is a clutter-free space that you’re proud to live in. After getting rid of anything you don’t want or need, you’ll have a much clearer head, and you’ll find you have far more space to enjoy with your friends and family.