The Art of Discarding

The Art of Discarding

How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Hachette Books,, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780316558921
Branch Call Number: 648 Tat
Characteristics: 167 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 01, 2018

I thought this was one of the best books on de-cluttering I've ever read. She is no-nonsense and practical. I also thought the book was more intelligent than Marie Kondo's naive directions and experience. Highly recommend!

Aug 29, 2017

This book is outdated. The author is adamant about literally throwing your things in the landfill because they have already served a purpose for YOU. At first I thought the author was kidding when she kept repeating "discard it", but no, she really means "discard it into the trash". She states "I've-used-it-once-so-I-can-get-rid-of-it". She even uses clothes purchased for a special event as an example: "'ve enjoyed wearing it once and that is enough". Another example: "'s better not to bother about whether you use things to their full potential. It may well be the case that they could be used more, but they can still be disposed of. Accept this and you'll save yourself a lot of worry" and " fulfilling YOUR purpose, its potential has, in fact, been exhausted". It would be wise advice to advise people to instead be smarter about what they buy.
In this day and age, we need to refute bad advice like hers since our landfills do not contain endless space. We owe it to future generations to not be wasteful (does this woman have kids?? I didn't have kids but I still don't agree with her!!). She claims our thrift shops are overflowing (That's their business - they in fact sell to other shops and sometimes to wholesalers who sell to other countries). Just about everything these days is recyclable (just do a Google search!), even clothes. I've been to third world countries and have seen them wearing third and fourth hand clothes (full of holes and stains!) from the US. The author even suggests paying your garbage hauler to take away your old appliances since the recyclability of them is, in her opinion, questionable!!!!! She would be better off advising readers to not buying new appliances until absolutely necessary to reduce the overall end-of-life costs of these items!
There's no need to throw your stuff in the garbage when there are so many other options from recycling to repurposing to donating to selling (Craigslist, Let Go, Offer Up). The author barely touches on any of these disposal methods, and when she does it's at the end of the book, putting this book at the end of a long list of (better!) de-cluttering books. I've almost completed the task of de-cluttering my home by only throwing away actual garbage and donating, selling or recycling everything else.

katbee Jul 07, 2017

This book is a practical guide to understanding why people have a hard time getting rid of things and offers many ways to change that attitude. It is full of scenarios regarding every type of item: clothes, papers, books, kitchen items etc. I enjoyed part one best, which explains people's attitude toward items. Part two is how to discard and part three is how to feel better about discarding. Since the English translation mentions Marie Kondo on the cover, I will say that Tatsumi is very pragmatic in her approach, she does not mention the joy of having objects, saying goodbye and thank you to objects, or the magic of folding. The books are good in different ways.

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