“Dostadning,” the Swedish word for “death cleaning,” has become a popular term in the media lately as people – especially Baby Boomers – look to simplify their lives and declutter their homes.
Magnusson encourages people to embrace minimalism so they don’t burden their loved ones who have to deal with their things after they die. I’m glad I borrowed this book from the library because it’s a slim book that can be read in a sitting. There’s not much to say on the topic, other than don’t leave your stuff for someone else to deal with. There are tips to help guide readers on where to start, and whimsical illustrations by Magnusson, who also is an artist.
This is a nice companion to Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” because it asks readers to put aside sentimentality and only keep what makes you happy. Millennials, buy it for your parents before you have to clean out their oversized home.