• Swedish Death Cleaning

  • How to Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Stuff
  • By: Linnèa Gustafsson
  • Narrated by: Bo Morgan
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How to set you or your relatives’ affairs in order and get rid of the heavy burdens....

Every single day you keep adding weight to the heavy pack on your back.

Wearing a backpack loaded with bricks is the perfect image to describe how most people feel. 

We all know how it goes. Your house is full of things you either bought yourself, you got gifted, or you inherited because you thought one day you might need it. 

And yet, the canvas you once bought with the intention to fill your free time with more creative tasks remains empty. 

The older we get, the more clutter we accumulate. 

According to LA Times, there are 300,000 items in the average American home.

Unfortunately, most of them are non-essential goods.

No one likes to talk about death. Yet, there is nothing more important than “putting the dot on the i” before you pass away. 

If you love your family and friends, you don´t want to procrastinate death cleaning until it is too late. 

We are living in a world of mass consumption where most people are already afraid of their own clutter. Dealing with someone else´s stuff is even harder and a painful process to go through. 

If you want to be remembered for the great things you did in life instead of the mess you left behind, there is only one way to go. 

Fortunately, our Swedish friends discovered a method which makes organizing your possessions a piece of cake. 

The most efficient way to set your affairs in order is Swedish Death Cleaning.

In Swedish Death Cleaning, you´ll discover: 

  • A day-by-day guide to clean up your life in 4 days 
  • Why Death Cleaning isn't morbid, but thoughtful 
  • Three most important types of tidying up your life 
  • How to overcome denial and face the inevitable truth 
  • Four trends to prove to make sure the mess in your house doesn´t become a mess in your head 
  • The right mindset to avoid emotional stress and overcome your fears 
  • Practical exercises and the right questions to ask while decluttering 
  • How to deal with the invisible ballast you are carrying around

And much more.

You might be still young, fit, and healthy. Unfortunately, death is unpredictable.

It is similar to the sad facts about retirement savings.

A staggering 57% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their accounts. Yet according to experts, people need a nest egg of $1 million to get them through a 30-year retirement. 

You don’t worry if you are not close to your retirement, but once you are suffering from poverty, it will hit you hard. 

Don´t make the same old mistakes by procrastinating what you don´t like. 

Going through a family member's stuff is heartbreaking. Save your family from this awful process.

Scroll up and click the “add to cart” button to thoughtfully declutter your home.

©2019 Alexis Sparks (P)2019 Alexis Sparks

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  • 02-07-20

Bad narrator and stupid introduction

I was excited to try this book but the narrator is horrible. She talks in an annoying sing-songy tone that follows a predictable up and down pattern for every sentence. Her tone has no relation at all to the subjects she is addressing. Every sentence ends with an upwards rising tone as if every single sentence is a question. She sounds as if she is just running her mouth on the script and reading words without any human emotion, even as she speaks of preparing ahead for one’s own death!
I was trying to ignore her voice however and get something out of the book but she then proceeds to spend several minutes going over the legalities of the book and how the reader will be punished if they violate these terms! This is right at the beginning of the book! If they put it at the end that wouldn’t he as bad.
Obviously whoever chose this narrator also didn’t care enough to make sure the book is interesting and worth listening to at the start. Instead they put the listener in a defensive position by threatening legal action if they put a foot wrong in their use of this book! So stupid! I couldn’t get past these flaws and am rating this book as low as possible without listening to the rest of the book. I don’t need to be threatened with legal action just for legally purchasing and listening to this book!!

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Material of value: ten minutes

The sweet Susie reader drove me bonkers. There was far too much repeating without saying anything. Just think about not leaving a mess for your kids to take care of and skip the book.

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It sounds like an AI voice reading! Horrible

This book sounds like the narrator is a computer voice. The inflections and everything are off. I wanted to get into the material but I couldn't get past the voice!

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Very disappointing

The narration felt like a commercial voice, forced and inappropriate levels of cheer and lilting. The book itself was disappointing, could have been a lot more informative but fell very flat. I've read and listened to a lot of books on similar subjects in my personal studies, and this is the last valuable yet.

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Repetition and bad narrating

I couldn't keep listening! There is so much in the beginning that keeps getting repeated! I tried skipping past that. But the narrator sounds like a robot! An annoying and one at that! The change in pitch is always at the same spot in the sentence, no matter what is being said. No help whatsoever!

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The Narration was just so bad. I couldn’t stand more than 2 minutes of it, find a different book don’t get this one.

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Vaguely interesting I suppose

The author comes across as a very nice, perceptive person, and this is basically an account of her ( rather privileged?) long and interesting life, coupled with various musings about how to deal with the accumulation of material goods, and how best to dispose of them.
I'm guessing all her ideas and strategies will have already occurred to any person with even a modicum of common sense, but it's quite interesting reading about her approach to the "emotional dimension" of the disposing of clutter. So to that extent, it's an interesting book, but only in a vague sort of way.

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So, so true.

It should be a class taught in grade school to retirement. So, so, so true.

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Robot reader

I can’t get through this because of the dreadful reading. A weird sing song tonality that puts stress on random word taking away from the meaning of the content. I don’t think I’ll manage to finish the book as a result, but so far all I can think when listening is ‘boring, boring, boring” - perhaps it’s both the reading and the content but I can’t tell.

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tired after the first chapter, goss on and on without getting to the point.

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  • 03-31-21

Like a bad podcast, read by a robot.

I just don't understand how this audiobook has so many 5 star reviews. It sounds like this is being read by a robot.
There is so little to this book that they felt the need to read even the copyright statements in full to pad it out.
It took 10 minutes for the book to even start and when the whole thing is not much more than an hour long, you have to question whether this was a book or a pamphlet. Its really just the lemgth of a podcast.
The underlying message is very simple - get your affairs in order before you die so your family don't struggle to do it for you. Or at least sort your stuff out with that in mind. The advice on how to actually go about decluttering is minimal and you would be better off listening to another audiobook for that. There are plenty out there. Perhaps one read by a human would be my recommendation.

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  • William Cooper
  • 11-11-19

The author publishes an excellent book for all.

I would recommend this voice book for anyone who needs to make a change in their life or is feeling overwhelmed with stuff in their homes. I think that this book is a wonderful tool, in which there are many tips.

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  • Knutte Söderberg
  • 09-22-21

Quick-fix-oriented

Read like by Google translate. Short sighted and shame-based motivation. Do not recommend for any lasting change in a person's life.

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  • Mark Williams
  • 11-11-19

I got many helpful ideas from this book.

If you love your family and friends, you don´t want to procrastinate death cleaning until it is too late. This speech book also helps me to How to Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Stuff. This was a good place to start. I like these guide books.

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  • Lawrence Green
  • 11-11-19

It made Simple with a powerful new tool

This was a tremendous help when I finally decided to take back control of my house. If you want to be remembered for the great things you did in life instead of the mess you left behind, there is only one way to go. I am extremely excited to recommend it!

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  • Ruth Davis
  • 11-11-19

The author published an outstanding guide.

It addresses the most important aspects of your life and guides you on how to become more mindful and in the moment. I look forward to using these tools to create a better and more fulfilling life.

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  • David Weiss
  • 11-11-19

This book will give you perfect guideline.

This book was well narrated and I like how the book was split into 4 sections and had little sub-sections about important ways to declutter the mind.

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  • Warren Pelfrey
  • 11-11-19

I want to prefer that for all. Grateful!!

This is exactly what I am looking for! I will be decluttering many areas of my life! I have already started! I liked the topics in this book and how they each were explained in depth.

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  • Janice Nickel
  • 11-11-19

The unique and best informative guidebook

You should be excited about choosing this book and seeing life and your mind declutter! I love this book and I have very grateful to the author to create this speech book.

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  • Jason Lancaster
  • 11-11-19

Valuable and deserving of consideration!

This book gives great ideas and self-help to get you and your priorities in line to achieve a more peaceful living. This book is extremely valuable and informative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-22

good book, awful speaker

I could not get beyond the first chapter as the speakers voice was so awful. The tone and inflection was very unpleasant; like someone trying to do a bad impersonation of an automated voice message.