The practice of law involves many roles: advising clients, researching statutes, following changes in federal law, drafting documents, and on particularly fun days -- being a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio! This past October I was invited to be a guest on Central Time for a discussion of Swedish Death Cleaning, billed as the next biggest fad to hit the US.
Swedish Death Cleaning is a Scandinavian concept designed to encourage people to review their possessions, doing away with the unneeded and making a plan for the beloved. The book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson hits American book stores January 2, 2018. My copy is already preorderd, and a more specific review will be appear in my newsletter and here on Navigator in January 2018.
Based on what I've read thus far, I have two things to add. First, don't wait until you 80s to tackle the clutter. My father died at 67, my mom died at 70, leaving me a ranch house filled with items to distribute, recycle, re-home or trash. We are not guaranteed our 80s, don't put off until then what you can do today. Second, don't overlook digital clutter -- social media, digital photos, web sites, blogs, and all sorts of other e-items are growing and growing. One day they'll need to be purged.
Here is a link to the show on Central Time. Enjoy, and happy de-cluttering! We are making 2018 a year to purge as though we were moving, even though we are not moving. Thanks for reading, and be well.