A 30 year old Japanese woman named Marie Kondo has skyrocketed to the top of the New York Times best seller list with a short, sweet book entitled “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Kondo, a declutter consultant in Tokyo, has a simple prescription for getting your house in order. She says her “Konmari Method” is guaranteed to lead not just to tidiness, but to improved health, fitness, prosperity, and happiness.
Her method is deceptively simple. First, take out everything you own by category (clothing, papers, books, technology, mementos – in that order) and examine it. Ask: does this give me joy? If the answer is yes, keep it. If the answer is no, then discard, sell or give it away. After you have identified everything you want to keep, put each item where it belongs, like-kind items all in the same place, with each category in its logical place. She says tidying only needs to be done once and the effects are permanent. Continue reading