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Discussion Questions for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

“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

Discussion Questions: 

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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2/1/2016 10:58:44 AM

K. Saroja

1. I agree with Kondo. People have lot of preconceptions about everything in their lives and this some time depends upon the cultural background they are coming from. So if any one wants to change, first they have to change their preconceptions, including their thought process, before they can actually change. 2. Of course, all the time. Clutter brings out negative energy. I feel very positive and energetic after I clear the clutter. It does impact on my sense of well being. 3. Things related to my professional accomplishments. Hardest to part with. 4. Not really. I do throw them out as often as possible. 5. Yes. Absolutely. I am dreading that I have to go throw that process some time in my life soon. 6. I absolutely agree. Once I remove the emotion part about things then I feel free to give them away. 7. I can relate to most of them, but with the professional one. Their success gave me a good feeling to continue my efforts. 8. It has, in many different ways. Even before reading her book I was doing things on my own. But after reading the book my efforts got refined and I got new ideas, especially folding my socks and nylons! They look nice and tidy in the drawer. 9. The items which makes my heart open. My family photos and my children's stuff. I still have their birthday cards, school stuff etc and etc. stashed away in boxes in the basement. One of these days in consultation with them, to see if they would be interested? I doubt it. They even might wonder why I even bothered to save them?