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What to read next: The life-changing magic of tidying up

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Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock, you should, at the very least, be aware of Marie Kondo and her wonderful method of tidying-up. As I can personally attest, Kondo’s method does make one's living space tidy. It is, however, a lot of work -- but life-changing nonetheless should you choose to undertake the tidying process. As a personal aside, I would recommend reading the companion book, Spark Joy, if you are going to start the tidying process. The companion gives nice illustrations and detailed information about how to fold clothes, start weeding your book collection, etc. Another option is the manga edition, The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. The manga is a novelization about a ‘client’ that Marie Kondo takes on and helps get her things and life in order.

Although Marie Kondo doesn’t teach minimalism per se, that may be something that suits your lifestyle a little better. If that is the case, Minimalism for Families by Zoe Kim or The Joy of Less by Francine Jay. Jay uses a different approach than Kondo to getting your house the way you want it. Instead of going ‘all in,’ she teaches the reader simple steps the reader can use on a daily basis when trying to declutter their home.

If one of the reasons you love the Marie Kondo books are because they a different cultural experience (Kondo’s method is Japanese), you may be interested in the hygge method. Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for comfortable living and with it comes a set of associated practices. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking or How to Hygge by Signe Johansen are fabulous places to start.