The Art of Discarding by Nagisa Tatsumi

It is no secret Marie Kondo felt inspiration by the book The Art of Discarding, How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy by Nagisa Tatsumi. She mentions she read it on the train and missed her stop because she was so self absorbed in it! Clearly, I was excited to get my copy from the library to see what was so motivating.

With only 166 pages this book is a quick read, but don’t be fooled, it is sufficiently dense. The author suggests we can shop and enjoy new things, we just need to be comfortable with discarding as a viable method to move items out of our homes. She talks about ten attitudes we can build to prevent clutter and more easily discard, including deciding whether to keep or discard immediately and often, using items routinely, setting realistic timeframes for use, and also not falling into “storage” system’s false promises.

From here the author gives ten strategies for discarding. She refers to possible scenarios in her first section and denotes special methods for special clutter. In the end she discusses our relationship with “stuff” and spurred some pondering for me about the benefits and drawbacks of recycling. 

I can see how Marie Kondo became inspired to declutter after reading this book. It’s very practical and straight-forward. As a tidying enthusiast, I do enjoy ideas and opinions on decluttering. One thing I found very promising from this book is how special tidying is for each individual. I love how the author suggests each of us has different trouble categories and different methods we employ more easily.

When I attended the Konmari Consultant Seminar in April, we all had to share pictures of our kitchens. It was brought to our attention how different each kitchen is, even though we all tidied using the Konmari Method™! The more I tidy with clients, the more I see this is true. We are all so unique, it’s so exciting to see how the end results compare to others.

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