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  1. I bought the book for my Kindle not long after I retired and was going through a mass clear out. I couldn’t agree with you more about the book. I did enjoy reading it but found her to be bordering on the obsessive. Having said that it did help me.

  2. I have read the book too. It is quite inspiring, but for me it seems to have been written from the point of view of a twenty-something person who still lives with her parents. The emphasis she puts on books and clothes, talking about her room so much, hardly considering some essential other things, is telling 😉 Also, if we are supposed to keep only things that bring us joy, does it mean we have to throw away all the things that are needed but not “joyful” and buy new ones? That would be irresponsible on so many levels…

  3. It’s one of those books that gives you a much-needed nudge in the right direction, so I dip in periodically for a boost. Marylene is spot-on in her analysis of the perceived age of Marie. I’m quite happy to shout hello to my cat when I come home, but I draw my line at announcing to my home that I am home – after all, it knows already, it let me in!

  4. I prefer to clean over tidy…but between recent bad decisions and the insane decision to get a german shepherd – I didn’t know my future would not include a yard- The words clean and tidy are only in my dreams.

  5. I tidy. My husband cleans around mess. He will hoover around grandsons toys and clean work surface around things… Then says what do you think ? As I struggle to see.

  6. I love this book. I have embraced her folding thing and feel ridiculously happy every time I open my lingerie/sock drawer as a result. I have even implemented it in The Great Studio Clearout of 2014 to help me de-stash papers/bits of computers/cables and plugs and The Great Airing Cupboard Emptying which has left it looking like some kind of snazzy department store. And I agree – NO to utility storage. I have storage boxes and bags (and vintage suitcases) that make me happy – not repurposed cartons. Also I find joy in a well-stocked and tidy Zombie Apocalypse store cupboard – so that’s that one sorted 😉

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