LIST APP CONDENSED BOOKS: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
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    I just read this book so you do not have to. Here is what it says to do. This whole book could be summarized on one piece of paper. It is a good method to tidy up that will change your life.
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    First, decide you want to tidy up.
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    Tidy up your entire life and all of your possessions in one big tidying marathon.
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    Do not tidy a little at a time. This will not work for anybody including yourself.
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    Pick up everything in your house and life.
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    Decide: do I really really LOVE it? If so, keep it. If not, throw it away.
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    Decide: do I really really NEED it? If so, keep it. If not, throw it away.
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    If you do not really, really love something and do not really, really need it either, put it into a garbage bag and throw it away. This could include your infirm grandmother. This could include a shoe box full of 100 year old family photos. It also includes receipts and tax forms and other important documents that are not actually important.
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    Do not donate things. Throw them away.
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    Do not give things to friends. Throw them away.
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    Do not get any storage solutions. Throw away any storage solutions you already have in plastic garbage bags.
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    Do not store anything inside of anything else.
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    Do not have more than exactly one roll of toilet paper around at any given time. Do not have more than one toothbrush-worth of toothpaste around at any given time.
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    Throw away all of your books in plastic garbage bags.
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    Do not ever wear comfortable clothing like "loungewear." Wear fancy and elegant clothing into your bed.
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    Once you have thrown away almost everything, develop an Obsessive-and-Compulsive Disorder.
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    Use your Obsessive-and-Compulsive Disorder to organize what is left in your house and life by category.
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    Do not have any appliances like bread-makers or Nespresso® machines. Applianced are cluttering in your kitchen. You do not need a kitchen. Throw your kitchen away in plastic garbage bags.
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    Do not have bookcases. Put your bookcases into plastic garbage bags and throw them away.
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    Fold every item of clothing in a very specific and exacting way and never have one piece of clothing not being currently worn on your human body in an unfolded manner or it will make you very unhappy.
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    All of this tidying will make joy.
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    All of this tidying will make your happiness.
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    All of this tidying is called the KonMari Method and it is named after the author of this book. The author created a decluttering method and named it after herself because she is humble.
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    You do not need closets. Put your closets into garbage bags and throw them away.
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    Do not have a rummage sale. Throw your rummage sales away.
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    When you come home, warmly and politely greet your house. Say, "Hello there, house, how are you doing today?" Your house will reply that she or he is doing fine and thank you very much for asking.
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    Do not keep any gifts.
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    Do not keep any old letters.
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    Do not be in any way attached to your past. Your past is clutter.
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    Once you have tidied up and are only left with the things you really need and really love, take the remaining things you really need and really love and put them into garbage bags and throw them away.
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    Put your home in a garbage bag and throw it away.
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    You are now standing, naked and alone on a sterile promontory.
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    The wind is blowing.
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    There is not a thing around you.
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    If there is a thing of any kind around you, put it into a garbage bag and throw it away.
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    You are happy.
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    You are happy.
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    You are happy.