The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
The art of tidying fascinated organizing consultant Marie Kondo since she was a child, but it took her longer to master it. To fuel her obsession with organizing her living space once and for all, she read all the advice she could find. She tried most of the usual tips, like cleaning a little bit at a time or discarding an item a day. Along the way, she discovered why, for her and for many others, the common wisdom doesn't work.
In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo takes you through her own tidying journey and ushers you into your own. Promising a clearer vision of what your life could be like, she walks you through a few basic principles and shows you how to apply them:
- Don't tidy a little bit at a time; make it an event.
- Envision what you want your tidying to accomplish.
- First declutter, then organize.
- Tidy by category, not by room.
- Only keep items that spark joy.
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Questions to spark discussion:
- Where in your home does clutter build up the most?
- Do you experience more clarity of thought when your home is tidy, or do you like a little clutter?
- When you handle the things you own, which items spark joy?
- What makes an item especially hard to get rid of, even when you no longer want it?
- Did this book inspire you to go on a cleaning spree? If so, how did it go?