The Scandinavians gave the world a lot of interesting things — from the books of Hans Christian Andersen and Astrid Lindgren to the lifestyles of the hygge and lag. Another gift concerns the organization of home space and maintaining cleanliness.
Döstädning — translated from Swedish, it translates approximately as “death cleaning”.
Cleaning “as if for the last time” does not have many rules, it is intuitive. However, there are still some key points, and it is important to concentrate on them.
- Even if you are under 50, this concept is also suitable for you
The idea of ”dying” cleaning is workable at any age. After all, since childhood, we know which things are important to us, evoke warm memories and give joy, and which ones do not. This method is suitable for anyone who wants to simplify and streamline their lives.
- Put things in order smoothly, slowly, but continuously
In the Döstädning concept, you are not just cleaning up — you are going through your life. In this process there is no place for haste and fuss; it is impossible to limit it to a specific period of time. The “near-death” cleaning is seen as a change in lifestyle, and not as a banal wiping off dust and laying things out on cabinets.
- Tell your family what you do
By telling family and friends why and why you are getting rid of things and updating the rules for organizing space, you will make your intentions obvious. This will make you feel responsible and not leave the process halfway.
- Give people things that have no place in your life
Once you spent money and time on the purchase of these items, and they probably have their own value. But not for you. Perhaps this value can be felt by someone else. Give things such a chance! Books (at least some) will certainly be welcomed by your friends. Toys and clothes give to needy families. And you will receive joy not only from putting things in order in your own life but also from the process of giving.
- Start cleaning with a closet or dressing room
This is the least emotionally costly step: we let go of clothes and shoes easier than with books, jewelry or toys. Starting with a simple, it will be easier to continue.
- Remember that this cleaning has a psychotherapeutic effect
After all, it’s not about the upcoming finale. It is about revising your life and focusing on the most important. A “near-death” cleaning is a kind of uncomplicated and delicate way to write a clear and simple story of your own.
- Thank yourself for what you have done
After you have completed the next intermediate stage of putting things in order, thank yourself for this. And even reward: a reward can be a trip to the cinema, a beautiful manicure, a new hairstyle, or, for example, dinner in a cozy cafe with those closest to you. It will be good emotional support on your way.
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