Death Cleaning

What does Death Cleaning mean?

Tidying up your house so that others won’t have to when you’re gone

Death Cleaning is a process where a person takes the time to tidy up and sort out their belongings in anticipation of their passing. The primary aim is to make things easier for those left behind, sparing them the trouble of sorting through possessions amidst grief and stress of other arrangements like funeral preparations or settling medical expenses.

This act is commonly carried out by older individuals who sense the inevitability of their demise. It’s a thoughtful gesture, a way to ease the burden on family or friends who would otherwise be left to deal with their accumulated belongings. It also helps in preventing possible disputes over inheritance, as the person can decide during their lifetime who will receive what.

The term Death Cleaning originates from the Swedish term “dostadning”, a compound of “death” and “cleaning”. It gained popularity through a book titled ‘The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning’ penned by a Swedish author named Margareta Magnusson. The book talks in detail about this respectful and considerate practice.

Example for using ‘Death Cleaning’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of ‘Death Cleaning’? 🧹

No, what’s that? πŸ€”

‘Death Cleaning’ is when someone cleans their home so their loved ones don’t have to after they die. πŸ πŸ’”

Oh, I see. That’s really considerate. It must save their family a lot of trouble. 😌