The January Cull

Posted by Super Admin on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 12:18pm.

As Nova Scotians settle into the lull of their long winter’s naps, it might be a bit surprising that one of Netflix’s hottest new properties this month is Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Using the techniques detailed in her 2014 best-seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, each episode shows Kondo demonstrating to homeowners how to sort through their possessions, keeping only objects that they adore — in Kondo’s parlance, only object that “spark joy”.

But the series’ success is just part of a larger movement sweeping North America, helping them declutter their homes and find more peace and fulfillment in their spaces, without disposing of the objects they hold dear. Think of it as modern, messy minimalism. Here are five titles to examine peruse if getting rid of all that, um, stuff, is one of your goals fo 2019.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo’s Kon-Mari method is different from other organization methods in two major ways: first, like items are sorted for the entire house at once, rather than addressing the same categories in each room. Second is Kondo’s focus on gratitude: each discarded item is first held and thanked for its service before it’s donated or thrown away. Spark Joy (a more visual book than her first) minutely details Kondo’s philosophy about which items to “take with you into your future,” and clear visuals of her storage strategies for the stuff that does… spark joy.

New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) by Fay Wolf
Wolf’s philosophy is about letting go of possessions to free up space in her reader’s homes and minds; space to start a new project or life chapter, or just space to think. And she doesn’t limit herself to physical stuff; this title digs into decluttering your online presence.

The Art of Discarding by Nigisa Tatsumi
Tatsumi encourages her readers to be more thoughtful about whether their possessions are offering them security and comfort or just weighing them down, and offers clear guidelines about how and when to discard the flotsam. It’s the original Japanese decluttering guide that inspired Marie Kondo to clear out her childhood closet.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana White
White digs deep into the emotional attachments people form with their stuff in an approachable, funny way. She understands that decluttering a family home can feel hopeless, since kids joyfully accumulate stuff every single day. For the demoralized, White devised strategies for every type of clutter, so even when you’re short on time you can still see progress.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
Despite the somewhat off-putting title, this slim volume asks you to perceive your possessions as your heirs might. By appreciating and thoughtfully releasing clutter now, you save your loved ones a draining, time-consuming task in the future. In Sweden,

And naturally each of these titles is available at Halifax Public Libraries, because surely none of these authors would want you to buy another book in your quest for a less cluttered new year.



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