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The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
2014
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Kondo's remarkably popular book about organizing your home follows the typical pattern of many self-help books: a counterintuitive claim, seemingly hyperbolic personal testimonies, and a case made for why you should follow precisely the steps and methods researched and recommended by the author. At heart, though, Kondo's book is an unusual thing-a relationship book about people and their possessions. Clothes, books, and mementos are all heavily anthropomorphized, and Kondo's coaching is about how to improve our relationship to our things, in part by keeping only the items that "spark joy." She extols listeners to appreciate their possessions and think about what each object "wants," whether that refers to function or how the items are stored, and gives detailed instructions on how to do just that. Emily Woo Zeller delivers Kondo's text with a quiet earnestness that suits this quirky little book. VERDICT Listeners with an interest in home organization and a tolerance for the idea that our possessions are full of feelings and energy are likely to enjoy this book, while more skeptical listeners might be put off by its more whimsical qualities.-Heather Malcolm, Bow, WA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
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. <br> <br> Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?<br> <br> 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). <br> <br> 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.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
1Why can't I keep my house in order?p. 9
You can't tidy if you've never learned howp. 10
A tidying marathon doesn't cause reboundp. 12
Tidy a little a day and you'll be tidying foreverp. 15
Why you should aim for perfectionp. 17
The moment you start you reset your lifep. 19
Storage experts are hoardersp. 22
Sort by category, not by locationp. 24
Don't change the method to suit your personalityp. 26
Make tidying a special event, not a daily chorep. 28
2Finish discarding firstp. 33
Start by discarding, all at once, intensely and completelyp. 34
Before you start, visualize your destinationp. 36
Selection criterion: does it spark joy?p. 39
One category at a timep. 42
Starting with mementos spells certain failurep. 44
Don't let your family seep. 46
If you're mad at your family, your room may be the causep. 49
What you don't need, your family doesn't eitherp. 53
Tidying is a dialogue with one's selfp. 57
What to do when you can't throw something awayp. 59
3Tidying by category works like magicp. 63
Tidying order: follow the correct order of categoriesp. 64
Clothing: place every item of clothing in the house on the floorp. 66
Loungewear: downgrading to "loungewear" is taboop. 69
Clothing storage: fold it right and solve your storage problemsp. 71
How to fold: the best way to fold for perfect appearancep. 74
Arranging clothes: the secret to energizing your closetp. 77
Storing socks: treat your socks and stockings with respectp. 80
Seasonal clothes: eliminate the need to store off-season clothesp. 83
Storing books: put all your books on the floorp. 86
Unread books: "sometime" means "never"p. 89
Books to keep: those that belong in the hall of famep. 93
Sorting papers: rule of thumb-discard everythingp. 95
All about papers: how to organize troublesome papersp. 99
Komono (miscellaneous items): keep things because you love them-not "just because"p. 105
Common types of komono: disposablesp. 107
Small change: make "into my wallet" your mottop. 112
Sentimental items: your parents' home is not a haven for mementosp. 114
Photos: cherish who you are nowp. 118
Astounding stockpiles I have seenp. 120
Reduce until you reach the point where something clicksp. 124
Follow your intuition and all will be wellp. 125
4Storing your things to make your life shinep. 129
Designate a place for each thingp. 130
Discard first, store laterp. 133
Storage: pursue ultimate simplicityp. 135
Don't scatter storage spacesp. 138
Forget about "flow planning" and "frequency of use"p. 141
Never pile things: vertical storage is the keyp. 144
No need for commercial storage itemsp. 146
The best way to store bags is in another bagp. 150
Empty your bag every dayp. 153
Items that usurp floor space belong in the closetp. 155
Keep things out of the bath and the kitchen sinkp. 157
Make the top shelf of the bookcase your personal shrinep. 160
Decorate your close&ast;: with your secret delightsp. 162
Unpack and de-tag new clothes immediatelyp. 163
Don't underestimate the "noise" of written informationp. 166
Appreciate your possessions and gain strong alliesp. 168
5The magic of tidying dramatically transforms your lifep. 173
Put your house in order and discover what you really want to dop. 174
The magic effect of tidyingp. 177
Gaining confidence in life through the magic of tidyingp. 179
An attachment to the past or anxiety about the futurep. 181
Learning that you can do withoutp. 184
Do you greet your house?p. 188
Your possessions want to help youp. 191
Your living space affects your bodyp. 193
Is it true that tidying increases good fortune?p. 196
How to identify what is truly preciousp. 198
Being surrounded by things that spark joy makes you happyp. 200
Your real life begins after putting your house in orderp. 203
Afterwordp. 205
About the authorp. 207
Indexp. 208
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