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A new series is bringing to life a cleaning style that aims to declutter both your space and soul: Swedish death cleaning.

Inspired by by Margareta Magnusson’s best-selling book of the same name, “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” (out April 27 on Peacock) follows Americans from different walks of life as they take a journey to declutter their home – and heart – with the help of death cleaning experts.

But what exactly is death cleaning?

As narrator Amy Poehler explains in the show’s intro, death cleaning is all about “cleaning out your crap so other people don’t have to when you die.” But it goes beyond just the physical.

While the name may sound a bit scary or depressing, the show’s psychologist, Katarina Blöm explains this style of sorting through your belongings helps clean your home while also having a positive impact on your mental health.

“We often say that death cleaning is for life,” she tells CBS News, explaining how talking about death and leaning into the uncomfortable emotions that often come with those conversations helps create a perspective shift.

“What really matters and what’s really close to your heart comes to the surface,” she says. “A lot of the show’s purpose is actually reminding Americans of all the ways they are alive. Because we will die one day, and no one knows when, so let’s make these days matter.”

Not only can it be a beneficial journey for the individual, it can also help your loved ones.

“If we can do the death cleaning and lighten our burden and lighten our load, it’s really like an act of love both for ourselves – it’s one form of self care – but also it’s an act of love for the people that matter the most to us so they don’t have to stand in that dusty basement, going through things maybe while battling grief on their own … they can enjoy their lives as well if you don’t put this burden on others.”

Who can benefit from Swedish death cleaning?

As viewers can see from the wide range of participants on the show, anyone can consider death cleaning.

“You don’t need to be old before you start doing it. You can do it any day because no one knows when we are about to die, so we need to keep things fresh, like our relationship with life,” Blöm says, but adds it can be especially helpful for two people:

  1. Those in the middle of a transition. “If you’re transitioning in life, that should be reflected in your home … Things will shift in your wardrobe, things will shift in your appliances,” she says, whether you’re moving to a different-sized space, changing jobs or something else.
  2. Those who feel shame towards their space. “If you’re surrounded by clutter that you’re not proud of, you can become ashamed, more self-critical and even stop inviting people over,” she says, adding your home should be a space you feel safe in that brings you peace and joy. “When we start to isolate ourselves, that’s really not a good trajectory. So if you notice that you’ve stopped inviting people because you’re ashamed of what it looks like at home … That’s really a warning sign that it’s time to take action.”

Tips to start your own death cleaning journey

If you want to give the process a try at home, Blöm suggests keeping these tips in mind:

Start small: Create a cleaning habit that works for you, and don’t start with the nostalgic or emotional stuff. 

“Start somewhere where it’s not loaded for you emotionally so just as soon as it starts with your destiny habit just a little every day. I think you will get this momentum that makes it easier and easier to move towards the more heavy stuff.”

Be in touch with yourself: If you’re feeling a strong resistance to getting started, Blöm suggests asking yourself why. What is that avoidance protecting you from? You may find the answer is pain, she says.

“But that pain is important … That pain can actually add to your life if you can unlock it, look inside it and (find) what’s the need behind this pain,” she says, suggesting to avoid pushing those thoughts away and instead “feel your way forward.” 

Get help: Death cleaning can feel like a daunting task, but you don’t have to go about it alone.

“I would highly recommend to engage your friends or a neighbor or anyone that you feel comfortable – call your kids,” she suggests. “Doing this cleaning, it’s uplifting, but it’s also a burden and tricky to face those painful moments alone. So you want to share the uplifting parts and you want to share the more heavy parts as well.”



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Kamala Harris says she intends to “earn and win” Democratic presidential nomination

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Washington — Vice President Kamala Harris said Sunday that she intends to “earn and win” the Democratic presidential nomination after President Biden announced he would be bowing out of the 2024 presidential race and endorsed her for Democratic presidential nominee.

“I am honored to have the president’s endorsement and my intention is to earn and win this nomination,” she said in a statement. “Over the past year, I have traveled across the country, talking with Americans about the clear choice in this momentous election. And that is what I will continue to do in the days and weeks ahead. I will do everything in my power to unite the Democratic Party — and unite our nation — to defeat Donald Trump and his extreme Project 2025 agenda.”

Harris also praised Mr. Biden for his career in public service and said his “remarkable legacy of accomplishment is unmatched in modern American history, surpassing the legacy of many presidents who have served two terms in office.”

“With this selfless and patriotic act, President Biden is doing what he has done throughout his life of service: putting the American people and our country above everything else,” she said.

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris join hands in the air as they view the fireworks on the National Mall with First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff from the White House balcony during a 4th of July event on the South Lawn of the White House on July 4, 2024 in Washington, DC. 

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Mr. Biden announced his decision to end his reelection bid in a letter to the American people posted to social media, writing that he believes it’s in the best interest of the Democratic Party and the country to focus on fulfilling his duties as president for the rest of the term. The president then threw his support behind Harris.

“Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump,” he said on social media. “Let’s do this.”

Mr. Biden was quickly joined by other well-known Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Patty Murray, the highest-ranking woman in the upper chamber, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who announced their support for Harris.

Mr. Biden’s future in the presidential race became unclear following his rocky debate performance last month, which sparked calls from dozens of Democrats for him to step aside. Amid the questions about his fitness for a second term and whether he could defeat former President Donald Trump in November, Harris emerged as the leading contender to replace the president at the top of the Democratic ticket.

Mr. Biden’s decision to step aside comes ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, which kicks off Aug. 19. The party will formally select their nominees for president and vice president at the gathering. 

Harris served as a senator from California before she was elected vice president, becoming the first woman, first Black American and first South Asian American to hold the role.

She has spent the last week on the campaign trail, appearing alongside Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and making stops in Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina.



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Democrats line up behind Kamala Harris after Biden drops reelection bid

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Leading Democrats are voicing their support for Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday as their party seeks a nominee to replace President Biden in the 2024 race, now that he has taken himself out of the running

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among the pool of politicians to endorse Harris, after Mr. Biden did the same on the heels of an announcement confirming his decision to withdraw. 

“We join millions of Americans in thanking President Biden for all he has accomplished, standing up for America time and again, with his North Star always being what’s best for the country. We are honored to join the President in endorsing Vice President Harris and will do whatever we can to support her,” the Clintons said in a joint statement

“We’ve lived through many ups and downs, but nothing has made us more worried for our country than the threat posed by a second Trump term. He has promised to be a dictator on day one, and the recent ruling by his service Supreme Court will only embolden him to further shred the Constitution,” their statement continued. “Now is the time to support Kamala Harris and fight with everything we’ve got to elect her. America’s future depends on it.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who led a presidential campaign of her own in 2020, also issued a statement backing Harris as the party’s potential nominee this year.

“I endorse Kamala Harris for President,” Warren’s statement read. “She is a proven fighter who has been a national leader in safeguarding consumers and protecting access to abortion. As a former prosecutor, she can press a forceful case against allowing Donald Trump to regain the White House. We have many talented people in our party, but Vice President Harris is the person who was chosen by the voters to succeed Joe Biden if needed. She can unite our party, take on Donald Trump, and win in November.”

Mr. Biden’s decision to end his campaign followed weeks of turmoil within the Democratic Party over whether he would be able to serve another term, since his disastrous performance at the presidential debate in June opposite his Republican rival, former President Donald Trump, called into question his fitness to lead. He endorsed Harris shortly after issuing a statement on Sunday afternoon that confirmed, despite previous pushback from Mr. Biden’s campaign team against public calls for him to step aside, that he is no longer pursuing reelection. 

“My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President,” Mr. Biden said a social media post. “And it’s been the best decision I’ve made. Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this.” 

Sen. Patty Murray, of Washington, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, have also endorsed Harris. Other powerful Democratic figures, like former President Barrack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, commended Mr. Biden in the wake of the withdrawal but did not endorse Harris outright. Obama released a lengthy statement responding to the announcement, in which he praised the president — his former vice president — as “a patriot of the highest order” and “one of America’s most consequential presidents.”

Mr. Biden cannot appoint a Democratic nominee to fill his spot in the presidential race. Whoever is ultimately chosen will be determined through a vote by the delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, which was set to happen virtually before next month. It isn’t clear whether those plans will change in light of Mr. Biden leaving the race, but the convention is scheduled to begin Aug. 19.





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Sen. Chris Coons gets emotional speaking about Biden’s decision to end 2024 campaign

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Sen. Chris Coons, who serves President Biden’s home state of Delaware, got choked up while speaking about the president’s connection to the state. Coons called Biden, “The greatest Delawarian in our history.”

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