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The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy Kindle Edition
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Tatsumi's book has a sense of humor. One of my favorite lines comes from chapter three where she open "Little girls dream that some day a prince will come along - but that day is never likely to arrive. And before she knows it, the little girl is a middle-aged woman.." (the chapter is about how "sometime" never comes). I enjoyed her humor though I'm sure some probably don't.
But another thing helpful about this book is she lists out different organizing situations and then how to solve the problem. They're all quite fun and humorous, too, but if you're not aware of Japanese culture, some of the situations pointed out might not be that clear and some of the examples are dated because it was written in the 2000s.
Overall, it's a fun read about how you can declutter, but while there may be a tip or two that's new, if you've read other minimizing books, you probably won't find this book helpful. If you want another take on how to minimize or haven't read any, this book is a good start if you keep in mind when it was written and that the intended audience was likely Japanese housewives or Japanese OLs (office ladies).
This wonderful book gave me the permission I needed to move past that feeling of shame for thinking discarding unneeded items was a terrible waste. I just threw away 400 items. This is just the beginning of my new life. I feel a sense of liberation and I daresay, joy. Bring that dumpster over here!
I inserted my own little way of thinking into her philosophy , so I tweaked it for my way of living.
She conjured up new ideas that I took and ran with. Although I am more sure what I want to keep, this came to me through lots of practice.
So it comes natural for me. I like her ideas about sharing. Because that will stifle your good discarding habits if you are always thinking of sharing these things with others. Just get rid of it. Stop making excuses. It's a whole different world now.