** The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

I was disappointed by The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter, which for the most part reads like any organizational manual: get rid of stuff you don’t need, keep only what you love, etc. Still, the perspective is interesting since the idea is not to force clutter on the next generation, and the voice of the writer (who says, multiple times, that she is between 80 and 100; why is she so coy about her age?) comes through and gently exhorts the readers to bring their possessions to order. And I loved her idea to keep a box, clearly labeled “throw away”, to hold personal and confidential treasures.

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