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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
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In 1994 I read "Simplify Your Life" by Elaine St. James and it inspired me to work on clearing out extraneous clutter in my house. And it worked. For a while. While my books are fairly under control (I can thank e-readers for that), my closet and paper files are out of control, and with retirement looming, closets and files need to be purged.

In a timely move, the publisher sent me a complimentary copy and I do believe it might help me with what needs to be done in my house. The author's concept of only keeping things that "spark joy" makes sense to a point, and while Kondo recognizes that not everything we need to keep will make us happy (warranty information, insurance policies, et al), her basic policy "to discard all papers" seems a little extreme--and scary. She also incorporates a little bit of spiritual comic relief like thanking the belongings you use every day for doing their job--oh wait, she's serious! One fairly extreme daily ritual she follows is after returning home from work, she completely empties her purse and thanks each item--wallet and such--for doing a good job, then putting the empty purse away and repacking it all the next morning. If I tried that it would last for about one day.

Update: I wrote the above over a month ago and have since tamed the papers in my house but not the closet, and will continue in my efforts to reduce belongings and extraneous household items and clothes.

Second Update (June 2015) - I have purged--somewhat--my closets, and while not yet completely organized, are way better than they were. And I just received a nice check from the consignment store.
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