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Monthly Book Club for April: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Monthly Book Club for April: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

I'm starting a monthly book club for us all. Would you like to join? If so, what type of format would you like?

The first book came recommended from . "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" by Margareta Magnusson introduces readers to the Swedish practice of "döstädning" or the art of death cleaning. This involves decluttering and organizing belongings to create a stress-free environment for later years.

Questions for our discussion:

  1. What was your initial reaction to the concept of "death cleaning"?
  2. Do you think the practice of döstädning is unique to Sweden or can it be applied universally?
  3. What was your favorite tip or technique mentioned in the book?
  4. Were there any ideas presented in the book that you found particularly challenging or difficult to embrace?
  5. How did reading this book change your perspective on decluttering and organizing your possessions?
  6. In what ways could the practice of death cleaning be beneficial to both the individual and society as a whole?
  7. How do you think the process of death cleaning can help us confront our own mortality and prepare for the end of life?
  8. Are there any cultural practices related to death and dying in your own background that are similar to or different from döstädning?
  9. What lessons or insights did you gain from reading The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning that you plan to apply to your own life?
  10. Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not?


  • Thank you for this book club! I am looking forward to reading the book this month and the discussion to follow. I first saw the book at a library I was working at. Previously, I read ‘Making Winter’ by Emma Mitchell. Its gentle approach to the ‘darkening’ season helped me adjust as I had moved from Florida to far northern Wisconsin. It helped me reframe my expectations as I faced less daylight, colder temps, and lots of snow.
    Now, I think it is time to approach decluttering. Since I moved to Wisconsin I have been blessed with the letters and photos of both my grandmothers. I want to make them into stories so they live and inspire generations beyond me. But I have to declutter my mind before I can get the stories to appear. Thank you again for this book club and the choice of book. I am looking forward to exchanging thoughts and ideas.

    Carla on
  • Hi All! I’m so excited for our book club this month. Let’s get the discussion started… What were your initial impressions of the book?

    Kathryn Hastings on

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