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In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning "death" and städning meaning "cleaning." This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner rather than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs listeners to embrace minimalism.
From the country that gave us extremely efficient furniture (IKEA) and impeccable pop (ABBA) comes the most strangely motivating idea ever: death cleaning. As morbid as it sounds, the Swedish custom of paring down your belongings (thus sparing your family this onerous job) will appeal to anyone who has faced that task—or even just moved. The macabre title adds a level of urgency compared to the slow, slightly sensuous, Container Store joy of Marie Kondo’s method. And when Margareta Magnusson (in the hushed voice of Juliet Stevenson) tells you that having less makes you live more freely, you feel liberated already.
Narrator made this story as well. Without her voice and intonation touch it would a bit boring. Will certainly buy with this narrator.
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Juliet Stevenson’s narration, breathes life to a wonderous plan, we all need consider. We’ve been “downsizing” for the past few years. It’s always hard to explain, but here it is! The idea of “death cleaning” is necessary and considerate. Margareta’s story makes it a joyful process. Thank you both for this gift. Don’t miss it...you skeptic. It will make even you smile.
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