The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy

The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy

by Nagisa Tatsumi


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The book that inspired Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Nagisa Tatsumi's international bestseller offers a practical plan to figure out what to keep and what to discard so you can get—and stay—tidy, once and for all.

Practical and inspiring, The Art of Discarding (the book that originally inspired a young Marie Kondo to start cleaning up her closets) offers hands-on advice and easy-to-follow guidelines to help readers learn how to finally let go of stuff that is holding them back — as well as sage advice on acquiring less in the first place. Author Nagisa Tatsumi urges us to reflect on our attitude to possessing things and to have the courage and conviction to get rid of all the stuff we really don't need, offering advice on how to tackle the things that pile up at home and take back control. By learning the art of discarding you will gain space, free yourself from "accumulation syndrome," and find new joy and purpose in your clutter-free life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316558921
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 227,121
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Born near Tokyo in 1965, Nagisa Tatsumi is a Japanese author, journalist, and commentator. She published the original edition of The Art of Discarding as Suteru! Gijutsu in Japan in 2000 where it became an overnight sensation. It has since become a million copy international bestseller and was the inspiration for Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Table of Contents

Preface: Getting to grips with stuff 1

Introduction: What do you find difficult to throw away and why? 13

Part 1 You can master the art of discarding: Ten attitudes to help you get rid of things 33

1 Don't keep it "for now" 35

2 Avoid "temporary" storage-decide now! 42

3 "Sometime" never comes 48

4 "Really convenient!" to somebody else-irritating junk to me 54

5 Nothing is sacred 60

6 If you've got it, use it 66

7 Storage and organization methods are not the solution 71

8 "Maybe this could go …" 80

9 Don't worry that you'll get rid of something you shouldn't 84

10 Don't aim for perfection 90

Part 2 Time to get rid of it: Ten strategies for discarding 95

1 Don't look-throw! 97

2 Chuck it there and then 101

3 Discard when you exceed a certain amount 110

4 Discard after a certain period of time 115

5 Regular discarding 119

6 Discard things even if they can still be used 126

7 Establish discarding criteria 132

8 Have plenty of disposal routes 136

9 Start small 141

10 Who disposes of what? Decide responsibilities 146

Part 3 How to feel better about getting rid of things: Alternatives to throwing away 151

Afterword 165

About the Author 167

About the Translator 168

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