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Book Review: The Japanese Art by Marie Kondo

Originally published: January 15, 2011
Genre: Self-help book
Original language: Japanese

About the author: a professional organizing consultant, one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in 2015.


How many times have you been trying to re-organize your closet, papers inside the desk drawers, cascades of random things on the shelves? Leaving behind almost the same amount of VIP treated “clutter” without allowing yourself to get rid of something. I know how much memories all these things keep on it, how important a special ticket or a postcard. It was a good memory. I trust you. Indeed, it is past. Nostalgia does not require a physical attachment.

I have not seen a person whom this book would not inspire to make changes in their routine to organize belongings. To a certain degree. Anybody who can dedicate time to this book will definitely extract something useful.

The book had an immediate inspiration to enhance my tidying skills. Maybe not with a technique of folding sock. But you should read it on your own and make a decision to follow it or continue to roll them. And there is something extra. No more shame to donate or throw away things which do not bring a spark. Or think about gifts which you keep because you do not want to upset a person who gave it to you. This load is definitely emotionally hefty and so fragile in admitting that you do not need. Be honest with yourself. Let it go. If it did not work for you, it does not mean that you betray yourself, your decisions in purchasing the item, or your friend who gave the thing to you. Give this Thing a new life. It can be anything from a reusable or recycling perspective.

The book helps to find simple and quite impressive ways in organizing your wardrobe, kitchen cabinets, and other belongings. It might be annoying at the beginning. Due to the fact that it requires not a one-time commitment, but a constant daily routine-ritual. However, the results can be promising as long as you continue to apply the described techniques. Trust a professional in this effort. Develop a habit of taking care of your numerous small and large possessions. And surround yourself with things that bring a joy!


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