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Can Tidying Up Change Your Life?

Followers of the KonMari Method say it can drastically change your life. So, we gave it a try.

Can a strategy for decluttering change your life? Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant and author of the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Ten Speed Press), claims that it can, and many of her fans agree.

Next, I tackled books, which proliferate in our home like mushrooms after a rain. Kondo says the most common reason to keep a book is that you might read or study it again someday, and she points out—rightly, in my experience—that that’s unlikely. She says there is no meaning in books just sitting “dormant” on your shelves. As she suggested, I asked myself, Does this book fall into my “personal Book Hall of Fame”? In a few hours, I let go of 98 books—many that had collected dust for years—that we will donate for someone else to enjoy. I even identified a few titles (using Bookfinder.com) that may have value in the used-book market.

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I haven’t lost any weight, but I do feel somewhat lighter. And I plan to apply the KonMari Method to the rest of my family’s belongings.

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