No? Then there they go, outski the doorski.
That's the premise of a new book that is revolutionizing my life. It's called "the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing." (Ten Speed Press, $16.99 hardcover)
You will love it, too.
The author, Marie Kondo, 30, is a Japanese cleaning consultant with a three-month waiting list for her services. She "takes tidying to a whole new level."
When I mentioned to a friend that she should discard anything that didn't bring her joy, she said: "There's goes my husband."
I'll keep mine. But since reading this dandy guide, I have discarded about 800 pounds of books (including all my 2013 New Yorker magazines), several sweaters, broken jewelry, stained dish towels and other things I won't mention. (I emptied one whole bookcase, which I can now give away.)
And I haven't even started on the garage.
Here's what's wonderful about this book: Marie says:
- Forget plugging away, tossing one thing each day. No. Go for it. Revolutionize a room by aiming for perfection.
- Effective tidying involves two essential actions: discarding and deciding where to put things.
- Start with clothes, then move on to books, papers, miscellany and sentimental objects.
- To discard books, remove them from the shelves and put them all on the floor.
- The true pleasure of tidying is reducing your items to those that inspire joy.