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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing | Marie Kondo
This #1New York Times 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, youll 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 Kondos 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 dont), this international bestseller featuring Tokyos newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy homeand the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.From the Hardcover edition.
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ImperfectCJ
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We just signed a lease on a place that has bookshelves (with a ladder!). My spouse thinks this means we should get rid of our Billy bookcases. I'm not following his logic.

KateReadsYA Noooo I love my Billy bookcase! Tell him to keep them :) 2mo
Susanita Never too many bookcases! 2mo
TheBookHippie 😂 keep them. 2mo
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monalyisha
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My TBR list on Goodreads was not (& is not) bringing me joy. 😅

Today, I committed to tidying it up. I‘ve already deleted more than 70 books! This is going to be a JOB, for sure (I‘ve been using GR since 2012), but I can‘t wait for the end result.

I also downloaded StoryGraph. I‘m not sure about it yet but I like that it‘s not Amazon-owned, of course. If you use it (or something else!) to track your reading, I‘d love to hear about it! 🖤

monalyisha I think part of my new process is going to be looking at what I‘ve added to my TBR that year — maybe once halfway through the year in June, & then again in December — to evaluate each title & decide if I really want to read it, or if it was an impulse-add. (edited) 7mo
SeaToSkyes I thought I had a lot at 1600+! Lol I still used GR and also started using Storygraph. I do like some of the features of Storygraph more, but for some reason I can't pull away from GR. 7mo
RaeLovesToRead I keep trying to get rid of books on my GR TBR but the app doesn't actually seem to delete them! I'm sure there are books on there I've tidied away, like, 5 times 😅😅 I need to sit down at a computer and KonMari them properly! 😄 7mo
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CampbellTaraL Oh hey, I started TBR clear out recently too! So many were contextual based on where my head was at the time I added, but after a long while had passed, I didn't remember why I wanted to read a lot of them to begin with. 😬 As for Storygraph, I really like the recommendations and review/tracking system (hides the rating), but I'm still using GR for reasons I don't know why. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I keep my TBR on a spreadsheet and did a MAJOR purge about a year and a half ago. It took forever, but was well-worth it. I also color-coded titles as I went by genre, so it's really helped me find books already on my TBR when I'm in a “mood“ LOL It's still sitting at better than a thousand books, which I'll freely admit is ridiculous, but I genuinely have gotten more selective about what gets added & staying focused on getting books OFF! 😂 7mo
monalyisha @TheAromaofBooks This is heartening! I like the way I‘m able to create custom shelves on Goodreads…that‘s why I may choose to stay on. But I like that you get to color-code with your system! 7mo
monalyisha @CampbellTaraL Yes! We‘re in this together! 😅💖 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I wasn't on GR when I first started book blogging, which is when I started to really have a TBR - reading other people's reviews meant I suddenly had more books to read than ever! I never had a TBR before that... I would just go to the library & wander around & hope for the best! 😂 So my initial spreadsheet was definitely a lot less selective because I didn't realize at the time that I would not actually ever catch up on reading again LOL 7mo
JamieArc I started a StoryGraph account at the start of the year but am having a hard time pulling away from GoodReads as well. I think part of it is that I actually win giveaways, and I‘m just used to it. I‘ll try harder to make StoryGraph my main spot for 2022. 7mo
monalyisha @TheAromaofBooks Ha! My first job out of college in 2008 was in a library. I spent *years* going home with tiny strips of paper in my pockets & just hoping against hope that they made it into a journal before they were lost and forgotten. GR was a godsend. 7mo
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smitedandsmitten
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When I picked up this book, I honestly didn't think there would be any truly informative or revolutionary ideas inside. Well, I was wrong! I really enjoyed Kondo's insights and lessons about why we shouldn't always keep mementos; her writing about being stuck in the past and missing who you used to be really touched me. It helped me move on from an old friendship. I do feel lighter, happier for having read this. Now to actually tackle my house!

TiredLibrarian I enjoyed this too, but I thought her advice on books was way off base! 📚 7mo
smitedandsmitten @TiredLibrarian I totally understand where you're coming from! I think it's because for people like us, we're total bookworms so every book is special and worthwhile. But I kind of also get it from Kondo's perspective too, ngl 😅 I mean, I'd rather a book be donated and enjoyed by a new audience than sit unloved on a private shelf. 7mo
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smitedandsmitten
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This passage really spoke to me. I've been struggling with making a decision on whether I should get rid of these incredibly sentimental letters I own. They're from a former friend of almost 15 years. We got off on bad terms, but I've kept her many letters to me. I think it's time to let go. I get sad thinking about throwing them out, but they don't spark joy. Upon reflection, they've fulfilled their role. Thank you Marie for helping me move on.

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RaeLovesToRead
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@FantasyChick wanted to see some uncensored shelf action... here are my shelves of shame! 😱😱😱😱 ... yes that is a sock balancing on the electric fan cable... no, I have no idea how it got there 😅

One of these days, this place will be a minimalist paradise... one of these days!

#shittyshelfie

P.S. I'm gonna go back to taking extensively curated pictures of the one area I've tidied from now on 😂😂😂

Yuki_Onna Don't hurry, please!!!
My whole room (NOT just the shelves!) and the part of the living room I'm responsible for (i.e. my big bookshelf, sideboard and 'my' part of the couch) look far worse... Far far worse. It got to the point I'm not letting people into my room anymore... 😅
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Haha... I've moved back in with my parents and have basically nabbed as much shelf space as I can... one day I'll have everything tidy again! 8mo
FantasyChick I LOVE everything about this!! I've tidied mine so many times it's ridiculous. But new clutter always ends up there! 8mo
RaeLovesToRead @FantasyChick Haha, thank you! I keep trying, but... entropy?! 😂😂 8mo
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PaperbackPirate
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💌 Happy #SimplicityDay ! I had never heard of it before, and after I looked up the definition I decided to read a few more chapters in this book, and work on this letter purging project again. I got rid of 2 more boxes & found a love letter my grandpa wrote my grandma in WWII.
👚 I read the chapters on clothes and laundry a long time ago and they were, no joke, life-changing.
👖 Great #JulyJourneys prompt @Eggs and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks !

Leftcoastzen I‘ve been struggling with letter card stash for a long time . I need to read this book & ignore her advice on books .😄 10mo
Eggs Wow 😮Amazing!! 10mo
PaperbackPirate @Leftcoastzen I have saved every letter and card since I was a child, and luckily kept them all organized. I‘ve gotten rid of cards that are just signed, letters from friends I don‘t talk to anymore, and letters that don‘t “spark joy.” But I have to read everything first! It‘s fun to reread them, especially the ones from dead family members. Kondo‘s book advice though - hard pass! 😆 10mo
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Leftcoastzen I am starting to do the same thing, it‘s nice to see some again , but need to just save the special ones ! 10mo
BkClubCare Oh! My box of letters-received this year is overflowing! Might have to do some culling this weekend. 🤓😣😬 10mo
PaperbackPirate @Leftcoastzen How are you going to store them? 10mo
PaperbackPirate Good luck @BkClubCare ! 💌 10mo
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Twainy
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🎧 I‘ve owned this book since it came out. Why did I wait so long to read it? Great common sense information for those of us who have too many things in our lives & don‘t know what to do with the things we need to keep. Good narration. I will definitely return to this book for motivation/inspiration! I can‘t believe I waited so long. Of course there are some ideas I will ignore (leave my book alone LOL) but plenty of helpful hints! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory 💯 agree on the books 11mo
NatalieR This book was so helpful! I was ready to reduce the material items in my house and I followed most of her suggestions. It‘s also helped when I consider making new purchases. 11mo
Twainy @NatalieR exactly! I look forward to a reread! @vivastory I think her opinion on books is what made me pass it over for the past couple years 😁 11mo
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Buechersuechtling
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I join @Lindy in her estimation that some parts of Kondo‘s life-changing magic are quite funny, without knowing if that was the author‘s intention. I did like it because it supported my anyway already existing feeling of needing to clear out. It did not enlighten me. But I felt it offers impetus even though the general concept is a bit too drawer-fixated. 🤷🏽‍♀️

I don‘t see why it got only 1-star-ratings at my library.

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Buechersuechtling
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Hope, I tagged the right book. I wasn‘t aware that there are 2 (or even more) books about “magic cleaning”. My library obviously has the second one.

It‘s okay. But pretty much a book about “getting things going”. I know a bit about this method and didn‘t find many insights so far but I really liked Kondo‘s tune of writing.

Before Corona, I had plans to radically clear out some stuff. But since I need assistance, it didn‘t work out until now. 😞

Lindy I found some parts of Kondo‘s life-changing magic quite funny, but I don‘t know if that was the author‘s intention. 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
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candority
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I actively avoided both this book and the Netflix series after seeing the sheer amount of stuff people had and were throwing away. But, when I found the book in a LFL, I decided to give it a try in the hopes that Marie Kondo addresses the issue of overconsumption, how to properly rid your home of unwanted items, and how to avoid falling into the same habits of overconsumption. Unfortunately, she doesn‘t. Full review: https://bit.ly/32oq4LU 📚 2⭐️

Bookwomble Well, if it didn't spark joy, you know what to do with it! 📘↪🗑😄 13mo
candority @Bookwomble Hahah exactly! Back to the Little Free Library that I found it in 😂 13mo
kimmypete1 I watched a few episodes on Netflix, all I felt I gained was a better way to fold my clothes so I can fit more in a drawer. 13mo
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candority @kimmypete1 Yeah, her way of folding does seem useful! 13mo
Tamra Agreed. But I also don‘t have time to fold clothes per her method. I‘m lucky to get them into the closet. 🤣 13mo
candority @Tamra Right?! My partner is convinced that he will follow her folding method, but I give him a month or less before he gives up 😂 13mo
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Susanita
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If you‘re stuck at home in this nasty weather, I hope you have power and water!

If you‘re bored and stir-crazy, you may be thinking about reorganizing your home. Be sure to consider the all-important cat basket.

Leftcoastzen 👏😻😂 1y
AmyG Ha! 1y
TheBookKeepers Hahahah love this! 1y
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AlaMich One of these does not belong...😂 1y
JazzFeathers 😂 1y
Ruthiella 😹😹😹 1y
Bookzombie 😂 1y
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antivancrowe
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Kondo is so endearing to me and she doesn't make you feel bad for clutter at all. She warms my heart and reading this book felt so wholesome. Thank you for taking me on this journey it was beautiful.

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Jeannineth
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This book is not bringing me joy.

jdiehr I DNF this book. Hated it. Too repetitive 2y
Jeannineth @jdiehr 😂 it is repetitive and I get the “my way is the only right way” vibe. Excuse me...no magic here! 2y
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Culling books for donation. It's hard! Polly is providing emotional support. #catsoflitsy #readerproblems

Leftcoastzen 😀😻kitties and boxes ! 2y
WhatWouldJaneDo @Leftcoastzen as soon as she heard the cardboard rustling she was THERE! 2y
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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This book inspired me to donate several bags of items and redecorate my room!

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twohectobooks
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My latest #konmari project is still in progress so no updated #shelfie just yet. But! I will be getting rid of a whole bunch of books.

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ScoobySnacks3
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I haven‘t been reading much due to the birth of my baby on 7/20. I would post a picture of her, but unfortunately I watched that Jeffrey Epstein documentary on Netflix and now I‘m paranoid. Nevertheless, this is my current read stack and I have a bunch of LitsyLove going out on Monday. Hope everyone‘s staying safe out there!

Pageturner1 don‘t blame you a bit for not posting. its crazy just a picture can put you or your child in danger. people are crazy! 2y
bookaholic1 Congratulations! 2y
Crazeedi Congrats!!! Welcome to the world little one!💚❤💙💜🧡 2y
Deifio Congrats! Enjoy the getting-to-know-each-other-phase! And I don't post pics of my kids on social media either, don't worry 2y
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FeatherV
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Marie Kondo is a genius #tidyup #mariekondo #getridofit #doesitbringyoujoy
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twohectobooks
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#konmari book sorting continues. So far I have about thirty books that won‘t be staying in my collection. Tomorrow or later today I‘ll be looking at my “practical” books like cookbooks, reference books, dictionaries, etc. I‘m also including music books in this category, and that‘s going to be tackled on Tuesday.

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twohectobooks
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And here are all my #booksonthefloor. Books currently on the shelves are my Nancy drew collection which I will NOT be parting with, my brother‘s books, yearbooks, and photo albums.

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twohectobooks
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Doing an eight week #konmari tidy challenge and this week is BOOKS. I did go through my books a few years ago using this method but I‘m going to be a bit more ruthless this time because I‘m running out of shelf space since my brother moved in. This is my before #shelfie. The living room is a bit messy due to other things that are ongoing in my life (ha).

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literarymermaid
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💗Its #witmonth and time to #integrateyourshelf !! 💗

These books above are my favorites from WIT Month over the years. I've got Girls of Riyadh next.

ChasingOm Ooh, I‘m gonna have to look these up! 2y
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SheilaChew
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Yep. I strongly dislike her.

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StephanieGeiser
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I have been on a cleaning and organizing spree recently, which has included purging my bookshelves! I joined PaperBack Swap about 9 months ago and have been able to re-home many books through them. If you are looking for some new reads, check out my profile and request them through PBS. I'd love to send some of my books to new homes with Litsy friends!

My profile: https://www.paperbackswap.com/profile/index.php?nickname=stephanie-geiser

StephanieGeiser If you're new to PBS, use my referral link to join for free and we both get credits to request books from other users!

https://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php?n=14&r_by=VzVFa3hBSzdLbTlha2JzaEtPeHlGdz...
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AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie have u heard of this before? I know u like sending books if u can. 2y
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie no I haven‘t! I will check it out! 2y
AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie ur welcome hun 2y
rather_be_reading great idea!! 2y
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pitacocinefilo
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ThatLibrarianLady
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There are four other shelves in the house but these are my favorites. They look so nice and there‘s plenty of room for new books now.

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ThatLibrarianLady
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Still plenty of books on the floor! These are my donations. I need sort them and decide what can go to the library or to teachers and what I‘ll put in the local Little Free Library.

marleed I noticed some of the LFLs on my walking path are sorely in need of some fresh selections. The boxes are full but many of the books have been in there for over a year of Kansas City weather. I usually only pick a book if there‘s one I want to read. But this week my goal might be a one for one swap with battered pages! 2y
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ThatLibrarianLady
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Digits helped me sort through my books and decide what sparked joy.

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ThatLibrarianLady
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All my books in the floor!

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ThatLibrarianLady
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Did my first book purge in seven years at my house last weekend. I used Marie Kondo‘s method and it worked so well!

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lauren.lerner
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The audiobook is best.

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karasu13
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I have to admit I was a little apprehensive when my sister got me this for Christmas. I remembered the uproar over the idea of paring down one‘s library. But now that I‘ve finished the book, I feel motivated and ready to declutter! I‘m super curious to see how many books I can get rid of (they‘ll be donated, don‘t worry!).

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Lara.Tomme
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I was really interested in Konmari method. With reading this book, I can try to tidy up my house.

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Sasstronaut
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1. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
2. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
3. Remove it! Use it for storage only.
#wondrouswednesday

4thhouseontheleft Thanks for tagging me, but #wondrouswednesday is created by the fabulous @Eggs 💜! 2y
Sasstronaut @4thhouseontheleft oh thanks! I‘m new around here so I thought you tag the person you repost from. 2y
Eggs Thanks 💗💗 @4thhouseontheleft 2y
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4thhouseontheleft Welcome to Litsy and no worries! Most creators of posts like this also like to be tagged too, so they can read all the different answers. 2y
Eggs @Sasstronaut Thanks for joining in❣️ I‘m with you on #3! Welcome to Litsy 🥳🥳 2y
hannah-leeloo Welcome to litsy ❤️📚 2y
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powerful_words
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After watching the series on Netflix, watching as many youtube videos of the KonMari method as I could find & beginning to use the method to tidy my home- I read the book where it started & must say this book sparks JOY 😍 I read it cover to cover in a day! Definitely recommend!

marleed It really did help me downsize. She made me realize I was holding on to some stuff purely because of the original purchase price. So I held it in my hand, thanked it for the lesson, let it go, and haven‘t looked back! 2y
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Tamra
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🤔🤔Kondo now has an online store where you can buy more “stuff.”

Tamra I could buy a tea container for $200. 🤑 It‘s the Capitalist Way. (edited) 3y
aa_guer2021 Because we need “stuff,” but it‘s only her stuff that is proper! 🙄😳 3y
Tamra @ruskigurl16 I think the idea is her stuff might bring you joy. But I don‘t need more stuff! 😂 Less stuff brings me joy. 3y
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MicheleinPhilly Oh good grief. 🙄 3y
tournevis Not to bitch or anything, but you can make that bowl with 2$'s worth of cement, a 5$ metal kitchen bowl, and plastic wrap. Just saying. 3y
julesG @tournevis I had similar thoughts but with € 3y
tournevis @julesG Innit? 3y
batsy 😳 3y
Simona Well, you need to replace the stuff previously thrown away ... 3y
jillrhudy That bowl is not sparking joy. 👎🏻 3y
ljuliel If that‘s her idea of the items you should KEEP in your house, I wonder what she threw out ? It looks like the dog chewed on it. 3y
cathipink I just got an email from my local bookstore for an event with a decluttering author that...requires you buy the book. I get capitalism but the piece that's left out of so many conversations is the way you live a minimalist life (which isn't necessarily my thing- I have Feelings about this trend) is to QUIT BUYING. 3y
cathipink Sorry for the rant 😬 3y
rwmg I think $145 to spend in a bookshop will give me far more joy than that object 3y
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TheEllieMo
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I‘d have a lot more space if I followed Marie Kondo‘s advice, but I like being surrounded by books!!

(Possibly an alternative view of) #SpaceCase

#NamasteNovember @Eggs

TheLibrarian I really like her method, until it came to books... 3y
Karkar I say all my books spark joy- so I must keep all of them! 3y
SheilaChew I do not like her, mostly because of this. I don‘t care what ANYBODY says - I will hoard piles of books if I want to. And I do. And I like that about me. 3y
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Andrew65 30 books won‘t keep me going very long. @EadieB (edited) 3y
erzascarletbookgasm @TheLibrarian I follow her method for our clothing and other stuff but when it comes to my books, I never listen to her. 3y
Eggs I agree with @erzascarletbookgasm. The whole idea is keeping what sparks joy 📚🥳📚 3y
erzascarletbookgasm @Eggs Exactly! 🙌😊 3y
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Heard so much about Marie Kondo that the book fell a bit short. Enjoyed reading this on the art of tidying up where she suggests to sort things by category instead of rooms, tackle each category at one go, and discard anything that doesn‘t bring joy after thanking that thing. It was an interring read and looking forward to applying her methods and seeing her show on Netflix. #NFNov

coffees I just checked this one out last night xD 3y
NeedsMoreBooks @Crimson613 looking forward to your review 😊 3y
rsteve388 6 pta 3y
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Amandakay
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Now I just have to start tidying. 😏

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jb72
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My thoughts exactly! #cleaningisforsuckers

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Ddzmini
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🤨🤷‍♀️

Cathythoughts Good point 3y
ShyBookOwl 😂 yup 3y
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