“We should be choosing what to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” - Marie Kondo
Discussion Questions for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
1. Kondo states, “People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.” Do you think this statement is true? Why or why not?
2. One of the author’s main points in the first chapter is that “a messy room equals a messy mind.” Do you notice a change in your feelings before and after cleaning? Do you see a correlation between the tidiness of your space and your sense of well-being?
3. The author discusses emotional value in chapter two. What category holds the most emotional value for you? Is this also the hardest category for you to part with? Why?
4. Papers, we all have them! The author makes it clear that there is nothing more annoying that papers. “They will never inspire joy, no matter how carefully you keep them. For this reason, she recommends you dispose of anything that does not fall into one of three categories: currently in use, needed for a limited period of time, or must be kept indefinitely.” Do you find that you have more papers than you should?
5. Towards the end of chapter three, the author speaks of discarding mementos, are you scared of undergoing this process?
6. The author’s main theme in her method is to use your feelings as the standard for decision making. Do you think this is a smart method for tidying? Why?
7. The author uses a number of clients throughout the book. Can you relate to any of them? How does reading about their successes influence yours?
8. How has the magic effect of tidying changed your life?
9. How do you identify what is truly precious?
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