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OK, I'm Cleaning Out My Clutter. What Do I Do First?

Marie Kondo has built a huge following in her native Japan with her “KonMari” method of organizing and de-cluttering. Clients perform a sort of tidying up festival: time set aside specifically to go through belongings. Each object is picked up and held, and the client needs to decide if it inspires joy. If it doesn’t, it needs to go.

Kondo wrote about her method in the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” In December 2014Here & Now’s Robin Young spoke with Lisa Westmoreland, the editor of the U.S. edition of Marie Kondo’s book.


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