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death cleaning

[ deth-klee-ning ]
/ ˈdɛθ ˌkli nɪŋ /
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noun

the process of cleaning and decluttering one’s home so as to spare others, especially family members, from the chore of it after one’s death: While I’m still strong and healthy, I’m going to commit to some serious death cleaning.

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Also called Swed·ish death clean·ing .

Origin of death cleaning

First recorded around 2017; a translation of Swedish döstädning, literally, “death cleaning,” equivalent to “to die” + städning, verbal noun from städa “to tidy, clean, clean up, clean out”
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