Monday, January 29, 2018

Frugality & Swedish Death Cleaning

It's rare for one book to hit the trifecta of my interests: frugal ways, Nordic living, and Estate Planning and Probate.  Yet, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson hit the mark!

Magnusson's book is a quick read at just over 100 pages, and hit my work desk after I was invited to be a guest on WPR's Central Time to discuss this idea of "Death Cleaning", which is defined as "remove unnecessary things and make your home nice and orderly when you think the time is coming closer for you to leave the planet."

As I read the Nordic follower in me loved Magnusson's blunt words and apparent lack of emotion for "things".  The Estate Planner in me nodded, and made notes about how Wisconsin Statutes relate to her suggestions.  And the frugal in me screamed -- don't wait until age 65 to start.  Stuff costs money to house, to maintain, only keep what you love and you'll save money, and maybe the Earth.

This is a great book to read to spur you into Spring Cleaning action.  I highly recommend getting a library copy.  It can be read in an afternoon, and is charming in the blunt and resourceful ways of my Swedish ancestors.  If you want to learn more, join me Feb. 10th at the Cross Plains library where I'll be leading a book discussion!

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