My father-in-law sent me a Washington Post article on “Death Cleaning.” I was so excited to hear that I’m not the only one who thinks it’s important to clear out unwanted things and get your s@#%* in order before you “bite the big one.”
According to Margareta Magnusson I’m about 10 years too early. She suggests starting at 65 years old.
But really, the Swedes embrace the concept of “dostadning” which comes from the Swedish words for death and cleaning. It’s basically what I’ve been talking about: gettting rid of unwanted things so your family doesn’t have to deal with it and getting your affairs in order.
The article quotes Karin Olosfdotter, Swedish Ambassador, who says that her parents are “death cleaning” as well as their friends and she thinks it almost a “biological” thing to do.
It’s funny because I have run across my people in my own age range and most of them are doing it and if not, they want to or are thinking about it. So, I think it could be a biological thing. A lot of people don’t do it because it’s so hard, though.
We should come up with a word for death cleaning here in the US. I think I have. It’s called “getting your s@#* together.”
I’ll have to get Magnusson’s book when it becomes available in the US in January.
I’m glad I’m not alone and this whole throwing out experience wasn’t actually a mental breakdown.
This day after Halloween might be a good time to start “death cleaning.” What do you think?