Published for the first time in English, Nagisa Tatsumi gives easy advice on how to get rid of things that are just cluttering your life, instead of adding value to it.
The Art of Discarding gives guidelines on how to acquire less stuff in the first place. Tatsumi believes that by changing our attitudes about our possessions, we can rid ourselves of all the stuff we don’t actually need, opening the door to find joy in a clutter-free life.
S. Mason on Amazon is a fan, “This is the book that influenced Marie Kondo but was only recently (2017) translated. It offers much of the same advice as Kondo but the writing is a little more straight forward, less conversational. Its a quick, enjoyable read. The author is a woman so, as a female reader, I can relate to her practicality and organization. In Part 3 titled “how to feel better about getting rid of things,” she considers recycling and environmental issues that Kondo doesn’t discuss. This is a great companion piece to Kondo’s charming and inspiring books. Both authors explain some Japanese concepts (e.g. mottainai, mono no aware) that can give western readers a new perspective on consuming and discarding.”
You can buy The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy on Amazon here.