The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

Author: Margareta Magnusson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501173251

Category: Self-Help

Page: 128

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A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life. 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 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 readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming. Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children’s art projects). Digging into her late husband’s tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.
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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

Author: Margareta Magnusson

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1786891093

Category: Self-Help

Page: 144

View: 9842

Döstädning, or the art of death cleaning, is a Swedish phenomenon by which the elderly and their families set their affairs in order. Whether it's sorting the family heirlooms from the junk, downsizing to a smaller place, or setting up a system to help you stop misplacing your keys, death cleaning gives us the chance to make the later years of our lives as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whatever your age, Swedish death cleaning can be used to help you de-clutter your life, and take stock of what's important. Margareta Magnusson has death cleaned for herself and for many others. Radical and joyous, her guide is an invigorating, touching and surprising process that can help you or someone you love immeasurably, and offers the chance to celebrate and reflect on all the tiny joys that make up a long life along the way.
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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

how to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter

Author: Margareta Magnusson

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 1925548562

Category: House & Home

Page: 160

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A charming approach to putting your life in order so your loved ones won’t have to? There’s a word for it in Swedish: Döstädning, literally, ‘death cleaning’. Swedish-born Margareta Magnusson is, in her words, ‘aged between 80 and 100’. When her husband died, she had to downsize her home. The experience forced her to recognise the power of ‘death cleaning’ and the concerns that must be addressed in order to do it with thought and care. Done well, the approach not only makes things easier for your loved ones later on, it allows you to revisit the lifetime of memories accumulated with your things. From clothes and books to stuff you just can’t get rid of, stuff that only matters to you, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning offers indispensable advice on questions you will inevitably face when sorting through a lifetime of objects: How do you deal with your secrets? Tackle photographs and letters? Avoid heirs fighting over your belongings after you are gone? This charming, practical book based on personal experience and anecdotes will guide you in making the process uplifting rather than overwhelming: it focuses on the importance of living — even through death cleaning.
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My Father's Wake

How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love, and Die

Author: Kevin Toolis

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0306921456

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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An intimate, lyrical look at the ancient rite of the Irish wake--and the Irish way of overcoming our fear of death Death is a whisper for most of us. Instinctively we feel we should dim the lights, pull the curtains, and speak softly. But on a remote island off the coast of Ireland's County Mayo, death has a louder voice. Each day, along with reports of incoming Atlantic storms, the local radio runs a daily roll call of the recently departed. The islanders go in great numbers, young and old alike, to be with their dead. They keep vigil with the corpse and the bereaved company through the long hours of the night. They dig the grave with their own hands and carry the coffin on their own shoulders. The islanders cherish the dead--and amid the sorrow, they celebrate life, too. In My Father's Wake, acclaimed author and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Toolis unforgettably describes his own father's wake and explores the wider history and significance of this ancient and eternal Irish ritual. Perhaps we, too, can all find a better way to deal with our mortality--by living and loving as the Irish do.
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Making Peace with the Things in Your Life

Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You and What to Do About It

Author: Cindy Glovinsky

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312284886

Category: House & Home

Page: 288

View: 3082

An insightful guide to understanding clutter--why it takes over and what to do about it--is written by a professional organizer and psychotherapist.
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Changepower!

37 Secrets to Habit Change Success

Author: Meg Selig

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135967695

Category: Self-Help

Page: 281

View: 5575

In Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success, author Meg Selig guides readers through a step-by-step process that will help them achieve any habit change goal. Whether the reader wants to break a hurtful habit like smoking or overeating, or build a healthy habit like exercising or speaking up, Changepower! provides a springboard for change. Selig helps habit-changers move beyond willpower and succeed with changepower - the synergy that comes from combining willpower with other resources, useful outside supports, and wise strategies. In Changepower!, she shows habit-changers how to beef up both their willpower and their changepower to achieve habit change success. The key is revving up motivation. Selig reveals the most powerful motivators for change - pain motivators, the Eight Great Motivators, and even not-so-noble motivators. Research has shown that most changes take place in stages rather than overnight. Selig provides a step-by-step plan for each stage, leaving plenty of room for flexibility depending on each person’s needs. First-person stories, pithy quotes, and how-to exercises provide inspiration, humor, and encouragement as readers embark on their habit change journeys.
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The Little Book of Tidying

Declutter your home and your life

Author: Beth Penn

Publisher: Gaia

ISBN: 1856753727

Category: Self-Help

Page: 96

View: 4704

In this age of mass consumerism, we are "stuffocating"; becoming slaves to our possessions. By freeing ourselves from physical and mental clutter, and better managing our schedules, we can focus on what is truly important and discover more time, space and joy. Grounded in solid science and bursting with invaluable tools, activities and strategies, this little book will empower you to discard what you no longer need, regain control of your surroundings and create a happier and more fulfilling life.
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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Author: Margaret Smith

Publisher: Blurb

ISBN: 9781388190811

Category: House & Home

Page: 52

View: 7388

Death cleaning is a well-known tradition that is pursued by numerous people around the world who become quite advanced in age. In regard to Swedish death cleaning, the synonym which is known as Döstädning, a number of articles, books and guides have already been written by local authors from their own perspectives and based on their personal experiences which usually were constructed after the demise of their parents, leaving them with a serious dilemma and huge burdens due to the enormity of possessions which were not that possible to manage. We intend in this guide to highlight the death cleaning tradition in a way that introduces you properly to it and gets you ready to implement it with knowledge, awareness and confidence when you come close to senility, so that you would not overburden your children and family in general with belongings and items which they most probably would not be in need of, and you would exempt them from the responsibility and heavy duty of handling your belongings, and free them from the dilemma they would likely fall in following your departure. In this guide, you will be going through the essential steps and rules to follow, as well as how to handle the belongings you have chosen to declutter. We are hopeful that you would have acquired an acceptable capability of carrying out this practice by the time you are done reading.
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A Year to Clear

365 Lessons to Create Spaciousness In Your Home and Heart

Author: Stephanie Bennett Vogt

Publisher: Hierophant Publishing

ISBN: 193828948X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 384

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A complete yearlong course in clearing yourself of excess stress and stuff, this book features short contemplations, personal stories, tools, tips, one-minute practices, guided meditations, and wonderful questions to help readers create spaciousness in their lives. Stephanie Bennett Vogt will teach you how to unplug, detach, and clear to create more space and serenity in your life, what she describes as “the sacred process of removing clutter from both your house and your mind.” Included are 365 daily lessons organized into 52 weekly segments, with each lesson building on the others to develop one’s clearing muscle and grow new habits that will last a lifetime. The week usually begins with a personal story to introduce the theme and ends on the 7th day with a “Check In” to review and integrate the experience. Sprinkled throughout are meditations, Q&As, and testimonials. At the end of each lesson the author gives the reader an opportunity to “explore” a topic with several open-ended statements designed to bypass the thinking mind and open the channels to one’s highest wisdom. Weekly themes covered include: Moving Stuck EnergyConnecting with HomeBeing EnoughShining Light on Invisible ClutterLiving ImperfectlyWaiting It OutCultivating StillnessForgivingFlourishing
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Organize & Create Discipline

An A-to-Z Guide to an Organized Existence

Author: Justin Klosky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101616105

Category: House & Home

Page: 320

View: 8263

A professional organizer’s complete guide to getting—and staying—organized. As a child, Justin Klosky loved to count, analyze, and categorize everything in sight. Eventually diagnosed with OCD, he found ways to tap the benefits of his condition. Today, he’s founded a successful firm, O.C.D. Experience, building on the principals of Organize, Create, Discipline to help high-end clients take control of their lives through time management skills, getting rid of clutter, simplifying their habits, and rethinking storage solutions. Carefully arranged into more than 300 A-to-Z categories, Organize & Create Discipline explains organization methods for everything from laundry to legal documents, shoes, toys, kitchen drawers, medicine cabinets, utility closets, overflowing email inboxes, and dozens of other sources of daily detritus. Klosky’s unique advice yields peace of mind and radically improves productivity. With a clientele that includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Julie Chen, and Saks Fifth Avenue, Klosky now makes his unrivaled techniques to staying organized available to all.
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How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets

Author: Dana K. White

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0718083237

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 6794

Bring your home out of the mess it’s in and learn how to keep it under control. “The dirty little secret about most organizing advice is that it’s written by organized people,” says blogger, speaker, and decluttering expert Dana K. White. “But that’s not how my brain works. I’m lost on page three.” Dana blogs at A Slob Comes Clean, chronicling her successes and failures with her self-described “deslobification process.” In the beginning she used the name “Nony” (short for aNONYmous), because she was sharing her deep, dark, slob secret. Now she has truly come clean—with not only her real name but the strategies she has developed, tested, and proved in her own home. She has learned what it takes to bring a home out of Disaster Status, which habits make the biggest and most lasting impact, and how to keep clutter under control. In How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, Dana explains that cleaning your house is not a onetime project but a series of ongoing premade decisions. Her reality-based cleaning and organizing techniques debunk the biggest housekeeping fantasies and help readers learn what really works. Chapter titles include My First Step: Giving Up on the Fantasy The Worst Thing About the Best Way Just Tell Me What to Do Conquering Laundry Get Dinner on the Table Putting an End to the Never-Ending Weekly Cleaning Tasks Don’t Get Organized How to Declutter Without Making a Bigger Mess Fighting the Perceived Value Battle But Will It Last? With a huge helping of empathy and humor, Dana provides a step-by-step process with strategies for getting rid of enormous amounts of stuff in as little time (and with as little emotional drama) as possible.
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The Southern Sympathy Cookbook: Funeral Food with a Twist

Author: Perre Coleman Magness

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 1682680398

Category: Cooking

Page: 176

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Hearty bites for the heavy-hearted “He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, his homemade canned fig preserves, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.” —Obituary from Gulfport, Mississippi So-called “funeral food” is having a moment. Comforting casseroles; jugs of sweet tea; creamy, cheesy potatoes—all these foods provide sympathy and sustenance for the bereaved. The Southern Sympathy Cookbook includes unexpectedly humorous obituaries and anecdotes alongside staples of Southern funerals such as: Three Bean Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette Fried Chicken Pulled Pork with Homemade Barbecue Sauce Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls Whether feeding a congregation, delivering a meal to a friend in need, or cooking with weekday leftovers in mind, home cooks will embrace these recipes, guaranteed to comfort and to please a crowd.
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Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook

Declutter and Organize your Home and Life with over 100 Checklists and Worksheets (Plus Free Full Downloads)

Author: Cassandra Aarssen

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 1633537099

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 156

View: 3617

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The Art of Discarding

How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy

Author: Nagisa Tatsumi

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316558931

Category: House & Home

Page: 176

View: 8806

The book that inspired Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Nagisa Tatsumi's international bestseller offers a practical plan to figure out what to keep and what to discard so you can get - and stay - tidy, once and for all. Practical and inspiring, The Art of Discarding (the book that originally inspired a young Marie Kondo to start cleaning up her closets) offers hands-on advice and easy-to-follow guidelines to help readers learn how to finally let go of stuff that is holding them back--as well as sage advice on acquiring less in the first place. Author Nagisa Tatsumi urges us to reflect on our attitude to possessing things and to have the courage and conviction to get rid of all the stuff we really don't need, offering advice on how to tackle the things that pile up at home and take back control. By learning the art of discarding you will gain space, free yourself from "accumulation syndrome," and find new joy and purpose in your clutter-free life.
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Lagom

Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life

Author: Niki Brantmark

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: 9780062748799

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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In a fast-paced world, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could slow down and enjoy a life with less pressure, less stress, and more time for the things you love? Sweden is ranked in the top three of the world’s happiest places to live, and lagom, which means “not too much and not too little—just right,” is the Swedish philosophy for enjoying balance in every aspect of life—from work and leisure to family and food, and everything in between. Experienced bakers know by touch when the dough they are kneading is lagom—not too moist and not too dry. At the office, professionals who work hard—but not to the detriment of other parts of their lives—are following the lagom ideal. Lagom is moderation, balance, and equality. By using the Swedish lifestyle as an example, Niki Brantmark offers insightful suggestions and bite-sized actions to help you make subtle changes to your life, so you too can make time for the things that matter most and find greater happiness.
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Take the U out of Clutter

Author: Mark Brunetz,Carmen Renee Berry

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101187247

Category: House & Home

Page: 272

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The host of Style Network's #1 rated show and a renowned life coach and New York Times bestselling author team up to teach people how to permanently de-clutter their homes. Does this sound familiar? "I've had that since I was a kid; it holds so many memories." "How can I give this away? It was my grandmother's." "But what if I need this eventually? You never know..." Mark Brunetz, host of Style Network's Clean House, and life coach and bestselling author Carmen Renee Berry share a simple yet breatkthrough understanding of clutter and how to conquer it. The source of clutter is the stories, beliefs, and emotions attached to objects. If readers learn to change their attachment to clutter they'll be able to clear away their mess. Each chapter includes step­by-step instructions, inspiring success stories, and exercises. The result will be a personally meaningful makeover-a new method to align the person the reader wants to be with the home the reader wants to have.
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Upscale Downsizing

Creating a Stylish, Elegant, Smaller Home

Author: Leslie Linsley

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454921974

Category: DESIGN

Page: 224

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Less CAN be more! Today, people are downsizing their space . . . while remaining upscale in taste. Using examples ranging from 600-square-foot apartments to a small cottage-style house, as well as inspirational real-life stories from downsizers, home-style guru Leslie Linsley shows readers how to achieve maximum aesthetic results. She offers solutions to every problem--storage tricks, entertaining in small spaces, flexible layouts, and more--all lavishly illustrated with over 200 full-color photographs.
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Downsizing the Family Home: a Workbook

Author: Marni Jameson

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454926528

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 160

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Part journal, part workbook, part scrapbook, this guide provides valuable advice and how-to checklists along with a place to reflect, record, and retain an important piece of family history, gently walking downsizers through the journey.
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Lagom

The Swedish Art of Balanced Living

Author: Linnea Dunne

Publisher: Gaia

ISBN: 1856753751

Category: Travel

Page: 160

View: 2146

Step aside Hygge. Lagom is the new Scandi lifestyle trend taking the world by storm. This delightfully illustrated book gives you the lowdown on this transformative approach to life and examines how the lagom ethos has helped boost Sweden to the No.10 ranking in 2017's World Happiness Report. Lagom (pronounced 'lah-gom') has no equivalent in the English language but is loosely translated as 'not too little, not too much, just right'. It is widely believed that the word comes from the Viking term 'laget om', for when a mug of mead was passed around a circle and there was just enough for everyone to get a sip. But while the anecdote may hit the nail on the head, the true etymology of the word points to an old form of the word 'lag', which means 'law'. Far from restrictive, lagom is a liberating concept, praising the idea that anything more than 'just enough' is a waste of time. Crucially it also comes with a selflessness and core belief of responsibility and common good. By living lagom you can: Live a happier and more balanced life Reduce your environmental impact Improve your work-life balance Free your home from clutter Enjoy good food the Swedish way Grow your own and learn to forage Cherish the relationships with those you love
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Decluttering at the Speed of Life

Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

Author: Dana K. White

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 071808358X

Category: House & Home

Page: 224

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You don’t have to live overwhelmed by stuff—you can get rid of clutter for good! While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can’t purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress. In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out—for good! But more than simply offering strategies, Dana dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the reader’s clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter—the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn’t seem urgent—as well as how to make progress when there’s no time to declutter. Sections of the book include Why You Need This Book (You Know Why) Your Unique Home Decluttering in the Midst of Real Life Change Your Mind, Change Your Home Breaking Through Your Decluttering Delusions Working It Out Room by Room Helping Others Declutter Real Life Goes On (and On) As long as we’re living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that decluttering can get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going.
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