Book Review: The Art of Discarding: by Nagisa Tatsumi

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

Have you ever wondered where Marie Kondo got the idea for the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up? After I read and KonMari’d my things I often wondered what inspired Marie to do her thing. Enter Nagisa Tatsumi. Her book takes a different approach with less woo-woo and more just toss out that broken lamp already. If you could picture someone standing in your doorway with their sassy pants on saying just toss that broke thing already with their hand on their hip, then you are going to love reading this book. It’s not all sassiness, there is some compassion in explaining why we hold on to things.

CHUCK IT THERE AND THEN Don’t give your junk a stay of execution. Don’t say “someday,” “temporarily,” “for the time being,” or any of that. You’ve got it in your hand—get rid of it now. If the stuff is in a box or some other kind of container, open the container up first. If you don’t open it, you can’t really decide straight away. And leaving it as it is in the box is the most dangerous thing to do—it will be there forever

The Art of Discarding: by Nagisa Tatsumi

If you could picture someone standing in your doorway with their sassy pants on saying just toss that broke thing already with their hand on their hip, then you are going to love reading this book. It’s not all sassiness, there is some compassion in explaining why we hold on to things. Nagisa also takes you down the proverbial rabbit hole of the different excuses we use to hang on to old or unused things.

We must stop simply having stuff and putting it away somewhere. We need to think more actively about our relationship with things. This means a major change in attitude, enabling us to engage with the idea of discarding, and to develop the skills that will help us to do it.

The Art of Discarding: by Nagisa Tatsumi

Overall this book would pair well with Joshua Becker’s Minimalist Home or Gretchen Rubin‘s Outer Order, Inner Calm. There is no set way to decluttering in this book. If you need a kick in the pants to finally start decluttering, then this is the book for you.

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