The Art of Discarding by Nagisa Tatsumi deals with an all too common problem of having 'too much stuff' but not being able to part with it.
The book caused a sensation when released in Japan and sold over 1 million copies. It even inspired Marie Kondo to write 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up'.
This book completely opened my eyes to reorganisation" – Marie Kondo
The book is packed with practical advice and techniques to help you learn how to let go of stuff. I like the way Nagisa encourages us to buy less things. She seems to have a sixth sense about understanding the excuses and psychology behind why we find letting go of the things so difficult.
The book is divided into three main parts. The first part deals with the ten attitudes to help you get rid of things, followed by the second part appropriately titled ten strategies for discarding. The final part is about how to feel better about getting rid of things.
Nagisa takes you step-by-step through the process of getting rid of household items and cover all the common ones – books, clothes, paper, books, gifts, etc. She argues that we are blocked to discard things by our 'just in case' belief, the desire to hoard things and our guilt about getting rid of unwanted gifts.
Her philosophy of 'if you haven't used it in three years than you can let it go' and 'don't give into perfection' helped me to clear away some of my own personal clutter.
My only reservation about this book is that Nagisa is rather cynical about the benefits of recycling and encourages you to just throw things in the bin.
The Art of Discarding will help you to declutter your home, especially if you are held back by your thoughts.
The Art of Discarding is available in paperback from your favourite bookseller.
Published by Hachette Australia
Imprint Yellow Kite
About the author
Born near Tokyo in 1965, Nagisa Tatsumi is a Japanese author, journalist and commentator. She published the original edition of The Art of Discarding as Suteru! Gijutsu in Japan in 2000 where it became an overnight sensation. It has since become a million copy international bestseller and was the inspiration for Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying.