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paper books

I was recently offered boxes of books.  Specifically they were boxes of books from my childhood, teen years, and twenties.  These books have resided in boxes at my parents’ house through a couple of moves, so not only are the books old, they are well-traveled.  My primary concern with taking ownership of long-abandoned boxes of books hinges largely on the the lack of bookshelf space for them.  Over the past half decade plus I have built a space for books in my life which centers on the idea that...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Books, General, Marketing, Reading, Thoughts, Marie Kondo, Reading Books, Battlefield Earth, Gibran Vonnegut

Three Phases of Decluttering and Why They All Are Important for an Organized Home

Does all the clutter around you and the idea of decluttering it all overwhelm you? I totally get it. I get overwhelmed with too much stuff as well. It’s absolutely why I purge on a regular and daily basis. But there is something else I do to keep my home decluttered that I haven’t given as much attention to. And that is that I purge in phases. Whenever I organize a space, I never have the mindset that it’s once and done. Oh my that pressure would just be too much. Luckily you don’t have to fal...
Tags: Crafts, Simplicity, Alberta, Joshua Becker, Marie Kondo, My Life, Purging

I’ve Been Off Instagram in 2019 (and Book Review: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport)

This past New Year’s day I was sitting in the lounge of the top floor of a very nice hotel in Taipei, looking out over the green hills. I had a lot to be grateful for, on a number of levels. I had been off the grid for the previous 10 days. I opened up my phone and went online for the first time. I opened Instagram and began to scroll through. The first photo was someone posing in a Happy New Year’s photo from a Four Seasons in Hawaii. The next photo was someone at an epic party at a different F...
Tags: Books, Instagram, Mexico, Sales, Hawaii, New York Times, Middle East, Taipei, Cal Newport, Cal, Henry David Thoreau, Marie Kondo, Walden, Twitter Facebook

Friday Favorites: Baking Cabinet Organization, Finding Focus, Free Printables + more!

Hey there, happy Friday! Guess what I haven’t done in awhile? A Friday Favorites post! So today’s the day. I’m going to share with you some of my current favorites as well as some of my favorite posts that I’ve read from around blog land lately. Let’s get going! (affiliate links used below which means I make a small commission on products purchased through my links.) Favorite Water Bottle: First I want to start out by sharing something about myself that rarely ever happens. I rarely st...
Tags: Amazon, Crafts, US, Netflix, Canada, Jodi Picoult, Don, Marie Kondo, Nicholas Sparks, Jodi, Friday Favorites, Dollarama, Sutton Place

What are you currently reading ?

What book is on your desk/ table/bed/ bag right now ? Rate it one to 5.. 5 being great... could be a mag / journal / or book.. I am reading 2 right now.. The life changing magic of tidying up.. Marie Kondo.. 5 stars The complete Tightwad Gazette.. Amy Dacyczyn 5 stars:thumb:
Tags: Books, Weapon, Movies & Stories, Marie Kondo, Amy Dacyczyn

Weekend Reading

What is it about February that is so dreary? Ugh, I’m so over winter! We’ve had so much rain (and snow) which I admit is good for California but makes for miserable conditions. I stay positive by remembering people and nature need periods of dormancy for rest because spring is truly just around the corner. :) Hope you all are staying warm amidst these last few weeks of winter! Favorite links: Hello beautiful – this renovated houseboat in Australia. This may just be the prettiest butler’s pantry...
Tags: Crafts, Australia, California, Marie Kondo

Lady Pillow Doll, some design tweeks

I’m trying out a few little tweeks in my lady pillow design. This lovely Poppy Lady is in a summer dress- scoop neck and sleeveless. She is pretty much all cashmere- everything except her hair and shoes. It is so nice to get something finished. It has been too long! I have visited my favorite Thrift Stores recently to check out if the rumors were true- tons of donated everything, inspired by Marie Kondo‘s show on Netflix. The pickings were excellent and I think I’m probably all set for...
Tags: Crafts, Marie Kondo, Doll, Thrift Stores, Finished Projects, Pillow Lady Doll

Do the People You Follow on Social Media Spark Joy?

Netflix Do you roll your eyes and groan more than you laugh and smile when going through your various social media feeds? Then perhaps it’s time to clear out the social media clutter, Marie Kondo style. Social Media Should Bring You Joy Social media is often stressful. Following a lot of people is time-consuming, and it distracts you from the people and things that are truly important in your life. Your social media should bring you joy, whether it’s staying in touch with friends and fam...
Tags: Crafts, Netflix, Marie Kondo, Kondo

Tacky -- What's in a Word?

  When corresponding recently with a friend regarding amaryllis, I mentioned that, growing up in Florida where a neighbor had a whole straggling hedge-like row of the big flowers, I had always thought of them as somewhat tacky and had only come to appreciate them after moving to a place where they couldn't thrive outside and weren't so . . . well, common. On the contrary, now I see amaryllis as the spectacular blooms they are. And that got me thinking about the word 'tacky.'  In my youth, it...
Tags: Gardening, Florida, Amy Winehouse, William Morris, Marie Kondo, Vicki Lane

How Do You Cut Down a Family Tree?

Monet’s Giverny – our inspiration. Don’t laugh. It’s been more than 30 years since we began converting our eight acres of cow pasture into a mini-arboretum and sculpture garden; the Hoosier Giverny. Our operating philosophy was we pretty much had no idea what the hell we were doing. Most of the stuff we planted lived anyway – even prospered. Now I have to cut some of it down. The cutting-down is painful; well beyond the current tidying-up fad authored by Marie Kondo with her “decl...
Tags: Gardening, Lollipop, Monet, Giverny, Don, Marie Kondo, Stewartia, Darling, It's the Plants, Allen Bush

What the heart wants

I am sure that this has happened to you with yarn, and maybe (whether you are a spinner or not) maybe this has happened to you with a fleece. You are minding your own business, living the cheery life of a textile artist, surrounded with all the yarn (and maybe fiber) that you could ever want (or more) and one day, there it is. Yarn, or fleece or fiber or whatever it is, leaps into your life and proclaims a destiny mingled with your own. This happened to me a while back, at a retreat at Port Ludl...
Tags: Crafts, Uncategorized, Leicester, Marie Kondo, Judith, Jacob, Debbi, Port Ludlow

The 5 Best Books for Achieving Your New Year's Resolutions

Be the change you want to see in 2019. How is it only mid-January? I feel like this is always the looongest month of the year. Since it's right after the holidays (post-holiday syndrome is real) and the coldest time of the year, January is downright depressing, making it a great time to read some inspiring and motivating books.Plus, if you slacked off on your New Year's resolutions after the first week, the end of January is a great time to get back to work on those goals and solidify them into...
Tags: Books, Arianna Huffington, Obama, College, Happiness, Inspiration, Self-help, Netflix, Michelle Obama, Vanessa King, Cookbook, New Year's Resolution, Marie Kondo, Huffington, Kondo, College Life


Fifteen years ago today, I sat down in my living room on an absolutely enormous family computer, and with Ken’s help, I posted the very first entry ever on this blog, and everything changed. That makes today my Blogiversary, and as is my tradition (you know how I love those) I went back to read my previous Blogiversary posts.  I got as far as last year, and then started to lose my scene, and had to drink coffee and knit for a while to get it together. (Those are my January Self-Imposed-Sock-Clu...
Tags: Crafts, Uncategorized, Toronto, Ted, Susan, Ken, Marie Kondo, PWA, Tupper Mum

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo $12

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy here. If you've been watching Marie Kondo's show on Netflix, you might be ready to take the plunge into her method of Tidying Up. Right now, you can... [Author: Lana]
Tags: Amazon, Books, Shopping, Netflix, Marie Kondo, Lana

Get Your Used Books While Everyone's Kondo-ing Their Homes

I’m so sorry but we’re still talking about Marie Kondo. The popularity of her Netflix show Tidying Up caused an uptick in donations to thrift stores and used bookstores, according to CNN, the New Yorker, and Seattle’s Stranger. Not every store has seen more incoming books, but plenty have, including New York’s Housing…Read more...
Tags: Books, New York, Cnn, Reading, Netflix, Lifehacks, Seattle, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Used Books

Small Organized Spaces: Organizing a Pet Drawer in 15 Minutes or Less

The following is a guest post, in the small organized spaces series, about organizing a pet drawer in 15 minutes or less from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me . The question of the month seems to be, “Are you watching the Marie Kondo show?” Although most of the people who have asked me don’t quite get the name right. They call it the tidying show, the Netflix organizing series, or my favorite, the Kondo-ing thing. My answer is, “Yes!” I binged watched...
Tags: Crafts, Netflix, Guest Bloggers, Before And After, Morgan, Marie Kondo, Marie, Kondo, Clutter Control, Containerizing, Morganize

Trending on The Organized Home: Decluttering Secrets

This week over on our sister site The Organized Home, the editors dispelled decluttering rumors, peeked inside the mudroom of our dreams, and more. Here’s a look: Above: “I’m going to go out on a limb here and posit that what all suburban parents of young children aspire to is a house with a totally tricked-out mudroom,” writes Fan. This one by Studio McGee checks all the boxes (including a water fountain!). See more in Enter Right: The Mudroom of Your Dreams, By Studio McGee. Photograph by K...
Tags: Books, Matthew Williams, Netflix, Marie Kondo, McGee, Christopher Howe, Storage & Organization, Kate Osborne, Studio McGee, Trending on The Organized Home, Studio McGee Photograph

Current Obsessions: Design Restart

These first days of January, we’re looking towards new design sensibilities and seeing things with fresh eyes—and joining in the decluttering/organizing wave. Here are 12 things to know: Above: Will unexpected color be in this year? Photograph from A Master Class in Art Deco at the Graduate Hotel in Seattle. Fan shared her pointers for an organized 2019 on Studio McGee’s blog this week; see her tips (buy fewer (and better) things, ditch the plastic, shop your own house) here. The world’s ...
Tags: Books, Atlanta, Austin, Ikea, Seattle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Art Deco, Marie Kondo, Margot, McGee, Jen Turner, Design News, Current Obsessions, East Fork, Carpenter Hotel

Get Organized with Free Printable 2019 Calendars

Hi friends, I’m working on some great posts to come, hopefully next week. And by “working” I mean actively thinking about them in my head. Ha! My daughter leaves Saturday and then things should get back to normal around here and I’ll have a little more time on my hands. But for today, and to thank you for your patience, I’ve got a little treat for you…free printable 2019 calendars! Every year, to help with organization, I’ve wanted to offer my readers monthly calendar printables. Except my s...
Tags: Crafts, Netflix, Printables, Marie Kondo, Calendars/Planners

Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Two Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles

Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Competing Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles

Is Marie Kondo Wrong About Books?

There’s been a lot of backlash to Marie Kondo’s attitude toward books, thanks to her new Netflix show. In her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she encourages readers to get rid of all their unread books. She says that she personally only owns 30 titles. Her critics say that’s ridiculous, and in fact you…Read more...
Tags: Books, Netflix, Lifehacks, Clutter, Marie Kondo, Tidying

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Painting Kitchen Cabinets

New year, new cabinets. Ready to make a change in your kitchen, without the expense and hassle of sourcing and installing all-new cabinets? A new coat of paint on kitchen cabinets, when done well, can completely change the look of your kitchen—all on a budget. (Need proof? See 6 Kitchen Cabinets Transformed with Paint.) Ready to get started? Here are 10 things to know: 1. Wood is best. Above: After consulting with an interior designer, Meredith found a paint shade for her unsightly wood cab...
Tags: Books, Matthew Williams, California, Boston, Paint, Brooklyn, Ikea, Philadelphia, Meredith, White, Benjamin Moore, Marie Kondo, MDF, Sherwin Williams, Remodeling 101, Palette & Paints

Trending on The Organized Home: Life-Changing Organization Resolutions

This week on The Organized Home: the year in review, plus some “new year, new you” resolutions to help you get organized. Here’s a look: Above: “If you’re looking for motivation to kickstart a decluttering project this month, consider making a Netflix date to watch Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. After all, it’s like a free session with the world’s most famous professional organizer,” writes Fan. Read the rest of her review in Is Netflix’s ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ Life-Changing? Kind Of! Ph...
Tags: Books, Japan, Matthew Williams, Netflix, Vancouver, Marie Kondo, Konmari, Linh Truong, Storage & Organization, Trending on The Organized Home

Marie Kondo in the Garden, and Life

I couldn’t agree more with what this Washington Post reviewer wrote about Marie Kondo’s approach to “tidying up” in her new show on Netflix. Unlike her TV predecessors, Kondo brings a calming influence to the surroundings — even asking the owners if she may take a moment to kneel in a particular spot and silently greet their homes. This is a noble and overdue concept for the home makeover and real estate genre — a chance to express gratitude for any home, rather than the perfect home....
Tags: Garden, Facebook, Gardening, Washington Post, Netflix, Hgtv, Marie Kondo, WaPo, Marie, Kondo, Unusually Clever People, Watch Someone Else Do It, Susan Harris Marie Kondo

Current Obsessions: New Year, New You

Here’s what we’re taking note of this first weekend of 2019: Above: This image (from The Woodhouse Lodge: Designer Megan Pflug’s Catskills Motor Lodge Makeover) was one of our most popular Instagram posts in 2018. See what else made the list in These Were Our Most Popular Instagram Posts of 2018. Photograph by Frank Frances. Winter sales at Good, Ikea, Scandinavian Design Center, Brooklinen, and Serena & Lily. Fan clued us in to a new book on how to do everything from re-upholster a chair...
Tags: Books, India, Netflix, Ikea, Modern House, Marie Kondo, Margot, Design News, Current Obsessions, Brooklinen, Woodhouse Lodge, Megan Pflug, Catskills Motor Lodge Makeover, Serena Lily Fan

Trending on the Organized Home: Secrets to a Well-Lived Minimalist Life

This week, our companion site The Organized Home revisited its most-read posts of 2018—including a story on a family of four living (and thriving) in 600 square feet; smart advice from Marie Kondo; and a how-to on overhauling your pantry. Above: If you don’t want moths or flour beetles (bookmark Annie’s horrifying personal experience with the pests here), read The Organized Pantry: 8 Rules for Decanting Dried Goods. Photograph by Matthew Williams; styling by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista: The Or...
Tags: Books, Japan, Pantry, Matthew Williams, Vancouver, Annie, Expert Advice, Marie Kondo, Small-Space Living, Alexa Hotz, Kitchen Storage & Organization, Kitchen Jars & Storage, Trending on The Organized Home, Alison Mazurek, Ikea Storage Pieces

My experience with the KonMari method (and the life-changing magic of tidying up)

Because I'm a money nerd and a comics nerd, one of my favorite things is when these two obsessions come together in the form of (drom roll, please): financial graphic novels! You might think that's a niche I just invented, but you'd be wrong. I'll admit that financial graphic novels aren't common, but they are […] The post My experience with the KonMari method (and the life-changing magic of tidying up) appeared first on Get Rich Slowly.
Tags: Books, Marketing, Stuff, Clutter, Marie Kondo, Konmari, Minimalism, KonMari Method, Tidying

Real Estate Staging with Style and Affordability: 8 Insider Tips from Hollister and Porter Hovey

No politics. No religion. No baggage: “When getting your home ready to sell, you want your place to have a strong point of view without any polarizing personality,” says Porter Hovey. She and her sister, Hollister, are in-demand Brooklyn interior staging specialists who fell into their trade during Porter’s four years as a real estate broker. “We started setting up my listings ourselves, and there was so much interest in the styling that we decided to just do it.” They’re far from the only ones ...
Tags: Books, Instagram, NYC, France, Brooklyn, House, Ikea, Banksy, Hollister, Rikers Island, Benjamin Moore, Expert Advice, Aesop, Kitchens, Moka, Bedrooms

Trending on The Organized Home: Storage Solutions Big and Small

On the Organized Home editors’ radars this week: Marie Kondo’s first storage product, envy-inducing built-ins, and more. Here’s a look: Above: “The cynical side of me thinks Marie Kondo‘s Hikidashi Boxes, priced at $89 for a set of three, is a naked attempt to monetize her popularity and take advantage of Kondo groupies who are happy to shell out a whole lot of money for what are essentially shoeboxes. The fan-girl part of me, though, desperately yearns for a set,” writes Fan of everyone’s fa...
Tags: Books, Netherlands, Marie Kondo, Elizabeth Roberts, Kondo, Dustin Aksland, Storage & Organization, Organized Home, Trending on The Organized Home, Hikidashi Boxes

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