The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge,” Japanese cleaning consultant, Marie Kondo says in her best-selling guide to decluttering your home.

In her book, Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing and storing.

From learning the art of organizing and her experience helping people become tidy, Marie Kondo is confident that a dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective which can be life transforming. The focus when decluttering is to be surrounded only by the things you love.

The KonMari Method described in this book is not a mere set of rules on how to sort, organize and put things away but it is a guide to acquiring the right mind-set for creating order and becoming a tidy person. Getting in the right mind-set is the root of the problem of clutter and in decluttering, 90 percent is dependent on our mind-set.

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. Only then, Marie Kondo says, will you have reached the nirvana of housekeeping, and never have to clean again.

This article appears in the March 2019 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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