Review: The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo

Marie has a very successful consulting business in Tokyo to help clients declutter their homes and get rid of excess possessions. In this book she outlines her method of assembling and examining all one’s things by category (clothes, books, papers, miscellany and things with sentimental value) and then asking of each one “Does this spark joy?” If not, out it goes and “once you have learned to choose your belongings properly, you will be left with only the amount that fits perfectly in the space you have.” There are other benefits accrued including a more serene, happier outlook on life and the ability to find the mission in life that speaks to your heart. This book is just the thing for spring cleaning inspiration.

Translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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