Death cleaning

linenshoesyuki bomb

The last photo is of my new Chimala jeans. I got some longer length ones I thought would be good for cooler weather. However, I wasn’t expecting them to be so wide-legged. I can’t return them (final sale) but I’m wavering between getting them hemmed in tighter to a straight-leg cut and getting the length hemmed up a bit. They look very large leg ’90s style, which isn’t bad, but just not what I was expecting from the photos I saw online. I do like them in general and Z said I looked cute today right off the bat – before noticing and asking if the jeans were new.

Has anyone heard of Swedish Death Cleaning? I heard the term a couple months ago, but recently it popped up again while I was browsing online. There is a book about it on Amazon and it’s about preparing yourself and your loved ones for when you die by culling your belongings so that they don’t have to go through the pain of doing it after you are gone. In essence, when you die and those around you go through your belongings, what is it you leave behind that tells them about who you were or how you want to be remembered? Like the Marie Kondo book, the Death Cleaning book by Margareta Mangusson apparently gives explicit directions from everything to general belongings (clothes, books, knick knacks) to cataloging passwords and important documents your family may need to know. I’ve not read it yet, but I have to admit, the general idea sounds appealing. I thought it was morbid at first, but in a way, I get it. What are the lasting things to be remembered by and even so far as how organized you are as a person to make the grieving process as painless as possible for those around you? Since I lost my dad almost a year ago, this idea has really been sticking with me for a while. I may get the book and see if I can glean a bit more from just the generalities I’ve found online.

4 thoughts on “Death cleaning”

  1. I need to get that book for my Mom! Seriously, I have panic attacks when I visit because I’m so overwhelmed by the volume of ‘stuff’ and how long it will take to go through it all; most older people downsize…my Mom bought a five bedroom house built in 1891 and has managed to utilize every square inch and added on large sunroom.

    I really like the linen tank…it’s a nice color with your skin tone.


    1. That sounds amazing but maybe too big for one or two people. My mom has been paying more attention to things since dad died but she still has her own walk-in closet of stuff.


  2. That sounds intriguing. And I have an inkling that it can be therapeutic in life as well, not only after you’re gone.
    I like both your stripy shirts a lot. Hope your summer is going well.


    1. Right? A lot of younger people are using that as a base for their future purchases, so it’s good for curbing shopping habits. The book is recommended for 65+ people but it’s being used as a way of decluttering for all ages


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