What Is Swedish Death Cleaning and Should You Be Doing It?
How to start your Swedish Death Cleaning Journey
You may have seen something on Instagram or TikTok lately about Swedish death cleaning, or döstädning. It is a practice of decluttering and organizing your home in preparation for death. It may sound bleak, but the objective is really quite kind. It helps to make it more straightforward for your loved ones to deal with your belongings after you're gone and to prevent them from having to wade through a messy house.
Where to begin with Swedish Death Cleaning?
Begin by going through your belongings and selecting what you want to keep and what you can get rid of. Donate, sell, or throw away any item you don't need or want anymore. Once you've decluttered your home, start organizing everything, so it's easy to find and put away.
When should you start Swedish Death Cleaning?
There's no set time to start döstädning, but it's generally recommended that you start decluttering and organizing your home once you reach retirement age. This way, you can enjoy your retirement without worrying about all the stuff you've accumulated over the years.
How do you know when you are finished with Swedish Death Cleaning?
You'll know you're finished when your home is decluttered and organized to your satisfaction. At this point, it should be much easier for your loved ones to deal with your belongings after you're gone. My grandmother had a system of different colored stickers...everyone was assigned a color and she put the stickers on the bottom of the items she was leaving to her family. That way there was no argument, we all knew who got what!
Swedish death cleaning isn't just about decluttering your home – it's also about ensuring the people you cherish are taken care of when you are no longer around. By taking the time to declutter and organize your home, you can make it easier for them to deal with your belongings and prevent them from having to wade through a messy house. So start döstädning today, and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that your friends or family will have one less thing to think about.
Get a unique urn that represents you
Along with decluttering, another way to make things easier for those left behind is to choose your own cremation urn. This way, you can have a say in what happens to your remains, and you can be sure that the urn you choose is one that you love. Modern cremation urns come in various styles, so take your time selecting the perfect one for you.
When selecting a cremation urn, it's important to consider the size, material, and design. Urns come in a wide variety of sizes, so you'll need to choose one that's large enough to hold all of your remains. Or maybe your loved ones want to split up your cremains and will need multiple smaller urns. We here at Boyce Studio love to make urns from the same piece of wood for families, so that the urns are "related". You'll also want to consider how the urn will be displayed in their homes. There are many different materials that urns can be made from, including wood, glass, metal, ceramic, and stone. Boyce Studio urns are made from local rescued and FSC-Certified wood.
Urns come in various designs, from traditional to modern. Take your time in choosing an urn that reflects your personality and style.
Once you've selected the perfect cremation urn, you can finish death cleaning with peace of mind knowing that you have a plan for your remains. And you can the peace of mind that comes with knowing your final wishes are taken care of.