Today we are talking about a specific method of decluttering called Swedish Death Cleaning. The concept was first introduced by Margareta Magnusson in her book
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter and now practiced all over the world.
She explains this as a process to “remove unnecessary things and make your home nice and orderly when you think the time is coming closer for you to leave the planet, “ so that your loved ones have the freedom to grieve without the added burden of decluttering your belongings.
Joining me today is Kelly Brask, a Certified Professional Organizer in Chicago who specializes in the method of Swedish Death Cleaning.
During our conversation we talked about how SDC differs from more conventional decluttering methods, specifically:
- Why this is seen as part of the journey and not something morbid or sad
- How the process of SDC is often slower and completed over a series of months
- When to begin the process, and how to bring it up to loved ones
Kelly talks about her personal journey into studying Swedish Death Cleaning and why she chose to incorporate it into her business.
She shares some stories from clients and gives examples of things you can do at home if this is something you would like to explore.
I’ve also linked to all things Kelly below, so if you have any questions about the process you can connect with her.
I learned a lot from this conversation and I hope you do too!
You can listen to the full episode wherever you get your podcasts and watch us on YouTube
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Kelly’s Book Recommendations
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