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Kondo encourages you to hold each possession in your hands and ask if it sparks joy, as in, does this inanimate object spark any excitement/nostalgia/appreciation/pride in your soul? If so, perhaps you should keep it. If not: thank it for it's service to you, and then remove it from your home (donate/upcycle/re-home/sell/trash). See More
It really was a life-changing & magical book for me, my home business, and my family. Makes you way more aware of all the unnecessary stuff you've been carrying with you throughout your entire life, shuffling it from house to house. Encourages minimalism & emphasizes the importance of family & relationships instead of material possessions. Promotes donating & helping the less fortunate, as well as recycling, re-gifting, repairing, smarter consumer habits like BIFL (Buy It For Life). See More
Decluttering is hard enough when you're alive & healthy & dealing with your own cr4p. It's a million times harder when you are stricken with grief after losing someone you love, and are forced to go through EVERYTHING that they left behind. If you've ever had to experience this first hand, you know exactly how devastating it is, and why you must declutter your home now, in order to spare your children. (See also Swedish Death Cleaning).) See More
It's OK not to follow her folding technique precisely. Most people just adopt what they like and improvise the rest. Just use whatever works for you & your family. No need to toss the baby out with the bathwater; the book still has some important insights on minimalism, smarter-consumerism, and chores/laundry/home organization. See More
I was skeptical about the author's background when I read the first book. But now after seeing the Netflix show, I'm pretty convinced that young lady is just an actress pretending to be a quirky best selling author with . She might even be a decent organizer herself, especially after all the media tours she's done. But the Marie Kondo shown on the Netflix series comes across as a caricature of a stereotypical Asian woman, as imagined by a stereotypical dumb american who never folds & puts away their clean laundry & has accidentally allowed way too much sh17 to collect in their house. See More