Swedish death cleaning: why this bank holiday is the best weekend of the year to start doing it

The practice of Swedish death cleaning may become as popular as Marie Kondo decluttering. Want to give it a go? Here’s why the end of August is the best time for it.

Swedish death cleaning: White Washed Birch Bench, £275, Nordic House
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Are you intrigued by Swedish death cleaning? It may sound ghoulish, but the Swedish tradition is making its way into the mainstream, and has the potential to knock Marie Kondo off her pedestal as decluttering queen. 

We’re definitely on board with the practice of gradually letting go of things you don’t need (and you might not want your loved ones to have to deal with in the event of your demise). We even have a proper step-by-step guide to Swedish death cleaning that will help you get to grips with its (admittedly not very complicated) rules. 

But when is the best time to begin this process? The short answer is: not January. Yes, it’s technically the start of the new year, but it’s also the prime time for winter blues, so an old movie and a cup of hot chocolate might be more appealing than decluttering with your own death in mind.

The end of August, on the other hand, marks a real turning point in the year. September sees the end of summer, a new school term, the moment to put away your warm weather wardrobe, and the time to prepare your house and garden for colder weather. What better occasion could there be to start letting go of things you no longer need than while you’re rummaging in the cupboard for jumpers and boots? It may be forecast to be hot this weekend, but there’s a peculiar pleasure in looking forward to cooler nights – and a home finally free of clutter.

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