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Guru of the month: Marie KondoPublished on
Keep it essential and get rid of anything that doesn't spark joy.
Marie Kondo, the now world famous planning consultant always had order and smart organization running through her veins. At age 5, she was already reading housewives magazines, in which every place must be clear and optimized.But this is just a small part of her philosophy, explained in her book The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing. This 200-page guide, with 2 million copies sold in its english version, is now considered an inspiring bible for anybody who wants to get rid of the superfluous and start focusing on what really matters.
Why we love this book:
Her method is simple but demands dedication and hard work. She recommends tidying up in one go, which can be exhausting – but it’s the only way for it to be effective in the long run. Yet the true uniqueness of her philosophy is that she chooses whether to get rid of a thing based on the joy it brings her. Uncertain about that pair of shoes? If it doesn’t « spark joy », throw it away and don’t look back. If you did not use it in the past 6 months, or if your heart doesn’t fill with delight when you hold it, say your goodbyes to this piece of clothing or to that bauble your grandma gave you years ago. No excuse, no regret and no guilt.
Why we love the author:
A cluttered environment is upsetting for the mind – while a perfectly tidy home leads to a positive, happy life. But it is easier said than done. Thanks to Marie Kondo and her transparent, didactic, comprehensive KonMari method, a new level of happiness can now be reached by anyone, even the messiest. Time to make room for a change!