Margareta Magnusson is, in her own words, aged between 80 and 100. Born in Sweden, she has lived all over the world. Margareta graduated from Beckman's College of Design and her art has been exhibited in galleries from Hong Kong to Singapore. She has five children and lives in Stockholm. She is the author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning and The Swedish Art of Aging Well.
"A few rules to live by even when the trials of getting older make it easy to complain... irresistible... how to make life worth living, no matter your age." --The New York Times
"A warm, accessible guide to aging with grace and art (and
chocolate). I loved it." --Matt Haig, author of The Midnight
Library "Cheeky and concise prose... Magnusson is a wonderful
storyteller full of wisdom, and this book embodies her attitude of
exuberance." --The Washington Post "Shows us how to prepare for
and understand the aging process, and the joys and sorrows it can
bring." --Buzzfeed "The Swedish secret to a decluttered life."
--Oprah Daily "A thought-provoking guide for how to take life in
with clear-eyed humor--whatever age we are. Definitely read this
funny, very wise book before you die. Afterward, its availability
may be severely limited." --Daniel Klein, bestselling author of
Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a
Praise for The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
"A fond and wise little book. . . . I jettison advice books after I've flipped through them. This one I will keep." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times "A slim yet sage volume. . . . While Marie Kondo gave us strict instructions to only keep things that spark joy, Magnusson's book is straightforward and unsentimental (with a bit of humor)." --The Washington Post "Witty, useful and oddly profound." --Entertainment Weekly "Proustian. . . . Ms. Magnusson is the anti-Kondo, who takes us on a charming and discursive tour of her own stuff." --Penelope Green, The New York Times "Magnusson shares solid guiding principles for organizing your home, no matter your age or life circumstance." --Business Insider "One of the most charming, funny, and motivating books I've read in some time. . . . Magnusson is an absolute delight. This book is so much more than lifestyle tips. It's full of life. Magnusson's candid humor and unassailable spirit comes through on each page." --Buzzfeed "Magnusson uses a dry, unsentimental and sometimes dark Scandinavian sense of humor, and writes with an older set (and their younger relatives) in mind. . . . like a conversation over tea with a friend." --Associated Press "The answer to clutter you've been looking for. . . . Magnusson instructs readers on how to gently and joyously put your affairs in order while you're still alive." --Reader's Digest "Smart... death cleaning isn't about getting rid of all your stuff, but rather streamlining your life so you're only holding onto what makes you happy . . . it's about so much more than dusting and sorting." --Elle Decor "Like having a sensible, cheerful aunt sit you down to tell you hard truths that your mother is too nice to say." --Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune "Has benefits you can enjoy while you're still very much alive. . . . could be a good way for families to discuss sensitive issues that might otherwise be hard to bring up." --TIME "Pragmatic. . . . the idea in this system is that we should leave behind as little as possible, or at least, not the many thousands of items of junk that Americans often accumulate." --W Magazine "Even millennials will enjoy this non-militant approach to decluttering." --PEOPLE Magazine "A mindful way to sort through your belongings throughout your life." --Better Homes and Gardens