What Is Swedish Death Cleaning?: It might sound a little morbid and offputting, but if you really want to get your home or place of business spick and span over the next few weeks, you might want to look into the fine art of Swedish death cleaning.
We all know that one of the best ways to keep your property hygienic is to declutter. It can be very tricky indeed to clean effectively if there’s stuff here, there and everywhere… and this decluttering concept is absolutely key to Swedish death cleaning, which essentially asks you to get rid of anything that you no longer need or have any use for so that someone else doesn’t have to do your dirty work for you after you’ve passed on.
If you’re not sure how to get started with it, you might want to check out new TV series The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, which has just premiered on the Peacock network and which was inspired by artist Margareta Magnusson’s book Swedish Death Cleaning.
In her book, the author advises you to first head to your storage areas and take everything out on the understanding that death cleaning isn’t about mopping up or doing the dusting.
It’s more a form of permanent organisation that’s intended to make everyday life run more smoothly. The process itself can also be very enjoyable and you may find it fun to go through your belongings and remember their value, deciding what to keep and what to dispose of.
A similar approach to minimalism, Swedish death cleaning is all about only keeping that which is important or valuable to you, living more intentionally and in a way that suits you and your personal lifestyle.
The added benefit, of course, is that not only can you reduce your own stress levels by decluttering and getting rid of all your excess belongings, there’s also the potential to make life less stressful for friends and family once you die.
An inevitable part of death means sorting through a loved one’s home and possessions, which can be particularly distressing and upsetting. But if you only keep that which is important and valuable, you could make it more enriching as an experience, allowing your friends and family to connect with you even after you’ve passed on.
While you’re doing your sorting out, a good rule of thumb to adopt is to consider how your belongings make you feel. If they rouse negative thoughts and feelings, you may want to just get rid of them immediately, something that can be incredibly cleansing from an emotional perspective… so not only are you cleaning your home, you’re cleaning your soul at the same time.
Do you need help with house cleaning in Canary Wharf? Get in touch with the AEG Cleaning team today to see what we can achieve.