This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
Very interesting and well laid out.
I, myself, have slight tendencies to over-save. My grandparents taught my parents a “Depression Era” mentality (“use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”) in that, you should not throw anything out since you might at some future point need it. Living with this thought process all my life definitely has its pro’s and con’s. I do think that I am more appreciative of things and do not take the value of anything lightly. I hate to be purposefully wasteful but I do have the ability to recognize junk and toss it out. So, it is a balancing act to keep it or not to keep it….
One of this book’s main ideas is that you should go through an entire room, or rooms, or better yet, your entire house at one time and do a major purging. Doing it all at once, instead of cleaning out a corner here, or a closet there, will give you a large visual to see the major process and thus the desire to never fall back into the cluttering trap again. I do think this is valid. Only cleaning a small area, does not give you a larger sense of accomplishment and thus little motivation to continue on towards complete cleanliness. I do, however, think that if your problem is larger than, “I don’t like to throw anything away,” and there are hoarding tendencies, then the issue goes much deeper. I think whatever is causing the hoarding tendencies needs to be addressed first before lasting change can be made and kept.
Overall, I think this book is very useful and would be a wonderful tool in helping many bring their lives into order.
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