Q: Is there an Idiot’s Guide for Swedish Death Cleaning?
No, but God knows there should be. There are Swedish Death Cleaning books for Beginners, but alas, no guide for COMPLETE and UTTER IDIOTS at cleaning (affectionately known as “total slobs” or “friggin’ basket cases”). In Swedish, the term is döstädning — a combination of the word “dö” (which means death) and “standing” (which means cleaning). So stand up and be counted, Swedish Death Cleaning Dropouts !
According to Margareta Magnusson, author of the new book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Make Your Loved Ones’ Lives Easier and Your On Life More Pleasant, “Death cleaning is not about dusting or mopping up; it is about a permanent form of organization that makes your everyday life run more smoothly.” Sounds amazing!
So, like Mom says: Just clean your room. It’s a start.