A novel take on de-cluttering

Always on the hunt for new ideas, lifestyle trends and ways to live our lives well, we  came across an intriguing book by a Scandi author. In the  style of Maria Kondo’s bestseller ‘The Life Changing  Magic of Tidying‘, Swedish-born Margareta Magnusson is the 80-something whose book was launched in the UK earlier this  year. Entitled ‘The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning‘ it  hardly sounds like light reading, but on closer inspection  it’s more of a life re-affirming book than a  death-focused one (honest!). What’s more it offers an intriguing perspective on how to live life better with less  clutter.

Her basic premise for the book revolves around the Swedish process ‘dostadning’, which translates as death cleaning (bear with us!). This  involves looking at your possessions and pondering what will  happen to them after you die. Magnusson insists this is a  process that can be done at any life stage, and can assist a re-evaluation of clutter.

Futon Company says: Though the subject matter won’t appeal to everyone, this is a novel and intriguing approach to prioritising the objects that are important to  you in life. For us, the life-enhancing ‘clutter’ in our homes is not clutter at all, but furniture and accessories that enhance our quality of life, freeing up space and providing comfort.

Leaning Oak Wardrobe














Dressing Table







Leap Desk by Ben Fowler







A Chair (Design Masters)