2018: Swedish Death Cleaning

Jena C. Henry is a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena enjoys reading new books and encouraging writers to be their best. Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron and practiced law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes novels, conducts writing workshops and enjoys good times with friends and family. Her fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, spotlights the love and laughter of family life and retirement.

If  it’s Monday, it must  be Swedish Death Cleaning Day!

In 2017, I resolved to be open and welcoming to anything that came to me, but sometimes I also have to be ready to say goodbye. In addition to setting my my individual goal for the new year, my husband and I now share a joint goal- “Swedish Death Cleaning.” And yes, we try to do it each Monday, because Tuesday is trash day. Ok, let me explain.

 Unloading, decluttering, organizing- there’s a word for that: dostadning. 

I don’t know how to pronounce dostadning, but it’s a hybrid of the words for death and cleaning, the process of cleaning house before you die, rather then leaving it up to your loved ones to do after you’re gone. If you have ever had to do this sad task, and if you are around my age you probably have, you know that it’s hard and painful to go through the family home and do a final clearing of fifty years worth of living. So, this is why my husband and I have a new goal: Swedish Death Cleaning.

We don’t think “Swedish death cleaning” sounds sad- it actually makes us chuckle when we announce- “time to head to the basement for our Swedish Death Cleaning. It’s our special club.

 I first read about this method online and found out that the book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning was just released on January 2, 2018. According to the author, “Generally people have too many things in their homes,” says Magnusson in a YouTube video  (According to Time magazine ). “I think it’s a good thing to get rid of things you don’t need.” The author recommends beginning this process around age 60, but Magnusson says she’s always death