Spark Joy

Author: Marie Kondo
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 9781607749738
Release Date: 2016-01-05
Genre: House & Home

Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

The Life changing Manga of Tidying Up

Author: Marie Kondo
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780399580536
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

"Originally published in Japan as Manga de Yomu Jinsei ga Tokimeku Kataduke no Maho by Sunmark Publishing, Inc., Tokyo, in 2017"--Colophon.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Author: Margareta Magnusson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501173257
Release Date: 2018-01-02
Genre: Self-Help

A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life. In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming. Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children’s art projects). Digging into her late husband’s tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.

Declutter

Author: Phillip Lark
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1986267822
Release Date: 2018-03-07
Genre:

Do you often feel like you have just too much stuff lying around the house? Are you exhausted by constantly cleaning up and never seeing your house as clean & organized as you'd want it to be? Do you feel physically stressed out by the number of items surrounding you - but you never throw anything? People often create an emotional bond with the things they buy, desperate to fill out various emotional voids. Chances are, you own plenty of items you don't actually need - just so you can make yourself feel good! But here's a secret no one told you about: Your belongings aren't there to fill out voids - and life is much better without clutter. Which is why millions have turned toward minimalism - the art of living with less. If you'd like to learn more about minimalism, that's where Declutter: The Japanese Art of Minimalism may come to your rescue. Here's what this book will try to teach you: - How to add some real value to your life - spend your money on experiences and times well-spent, not on possessions you'll forget about in a year! - Why your house never stays clean - and how you can avoid falling into the trap of cleaning up every single day! - What are categories and why categories matter when trying to free up some much-needed space - never again spend hours looking for a valuable possession! - The easiest way to transition to minimalism - 7 Possible Steps that work wonders for large families as well! - How to let go of things that no longer serve you - let go with ease by following the 5 Questions included in the book - Practical tips & suggestions regarding the art of tidying up both your house and your life - learn how to apply them to your own busy lifestyle! Minimalism isn't only about getting rid of stuff - it's re-learning how to appreciate your time and money as well so you can invest them on the important stuff. Stop wasting your most precious resources on material possessions - and make some room for the things that matter. Get more out of life by owning less. Purchase Declutter: The Japanese Art of Minimalism today and improve the quality of your life in an instant!

The Art of Discarding

Author: Nagisa Tatsumi
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 9780316558938
Release Date: 2017-03-14
Genre: House & Home

The book that inspired Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Nagisa Tatsumi's international bestseller offers a practical plan to figure out what to keep and what to discard so you can get - and stay - tidy, once and for all. Practical and inspiring, The Art of Discarding (the book that originally inspired a young Marie Kondo to start cleaning up her closets) offers hands-on advice and easy-to-follow guidelines to help readers learn how to finally let go of stuff that is holding them back--as well as sage advice on acquiring less in the first place. Author Nagisa Tatsumi urges us to reflect on our attitude to possessing things and to have the courage and conviction to get rid of all the stuff we really don't need, offering advice on how to tackle the things that pile up at home and take back control. By learning the art of discarding you will gain space, free yourself from "accumulation syndrome," and find new joy and purpose in your clutter-free life.

The Joy of Less

Author: Francine Jay
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452155186
Release Date: 2016-05-31
Genre: House & Home

Francine Jay pioneered the simple living movement with her self-published bestseller, The Joy of Less. In this fully redesigned and repackaged edition—featuring never-before- seen content—Jay brings her philosophy to more readers who are eager to declutter. Rather than the "crash diet" approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form new habits, paving the way to lasting success. Her easy-to-follow STREAMLINE method works in any space—from a single drawer to a closet, room, or entire house. What's more, it can be called upon during clutter-inducing life events such as moving, getting married, having kids, or downsizing. With an airy two-color interior design and lovely hardcover package, The Joy of Less is a refreshing and relatable approach to decluttering that belongs in every home.

New Order

Author: Fay Wolf
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781101886205
Release Date: 2016-01-12
Genre: House & Home

For readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Power of Habit comes a revelatory, witty guide to a clearer home and a more creative mind. Can a decluttered space fuel a creative mind? Heck yes, says organizing expert Fay Wolf, who has helped everyone from Hollywood celebrities to schoolteachers to work-from-home parents achieve a simpler, more fulfilling life. Here, Wolf outlines her basic rules for saying goodbye to the stuff crowding up your space and hello to new habits that free you up for the things you’re passionate about. And it can all be done in as little as a few minutes a day. Learn how to create productive to-do lists • stem the flood of paper • downsize digital clutter and social media • arrange your space to spark creative juices • curb your desire to accumulate • collaborate and connect with others for support • embrace imperfection • keep up the momentum Wolf also shares her favorite productivity apps and resources for donating your many, many items. From the outer clutter of your home to the inner clutter of your chatty mind, this handbook will help you make room for artistic inspiration and invite you to treat yourself to less. Praise for New Order “Clarity, control, peace and quiet: All of these ‘nebulous golden nuggets’ can be obtained by following Wolf’s sensible decluttering program.”—The New York Times Book Review “Less stuff. Less paper. Less digital. These are some of the ingredients for a decluttered life to be found in New Order.”—Los Angeles Times “New Order seriously changed my life.”—Emily Deschanel “Fay Wolf is some kind of superhero.”—Jesse Tyler Ferguson “Full of millennially minded tips that will help you clean-attack your space.”—Refinery29 “The KonMari alternative you’ve been waiting for . . . [Wolf’s] approach is about reducing chaos so you can focus on more important things, like creative pursuits. . . . The New Order method resonates with me.”—PopSugar “Fay Wolf is living proof that being highly organized doesn’t have to mean being sterile and rigid.”—Apartment Therapy “Her message is about fun and freedom, rather than healing and fixing.”—The Guardian “How can one possibly be productive when faced with so many obligations? Enter: The Triangle of Productivity.”—InStyle “A smart, accessible, sensitive and charming book about clutter.”—Hello Giggles “Wolf has helped individuals clean out and create space in their lives for decades . . . and now she’s sharing her best tips with the world in this book.”—Romper From the Trade Paperback edition.

Goodbye Things The New Japanese Minimalism

Author: Fumio Sasaki
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393609042
Release Date: 2017-04-11
Genre: House & Home

The best-selling phenomenon from Japan that shows us a minimalist life is a happy life. Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo—he’s just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn’t absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In Goodbye, Things Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki’s humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism’s potential.

L art de la Simplicit

Author: Dominique Loreau
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781250120311
Release Date: 2017-01-03
Genre: Self-Help

Discover the magic of simplicity in this international bestseller, available for the first time in English. Dominque Loreau is the master in the art of de-cluttering and simplifying. Now her groundbreaking L’art de la Simplicité, a huge bestseller in her native France, is translated into English for the first time. Loreau’s principle of “less is more” is set to change your life forever. Living in Japan and inspired by Asian philosophy, Loreau takes you on a step-by-step journey to a clutter-free home, a calm mind and an energized body. Free yourself of possessions you don’t want or need; have more money to spend on life’s little luxuries; eat better and lose weight; and say goodbye to anxiety and negative relationships. Give yourself the gift of health and happiness; to live fully and freely is to live with L’art de la Simplicité.

The Art of Game Design

Author: Jesse Schell
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781498759564
Release Date: 2015-09-15
Genre: Computers

Good game design happens when you view your game from as many perspectives as possible. Written by one of the world's top game designers, The Art of Game Design presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, puzzle design, and anthropology. This Second Edition of a Game Developer Front Line Award winner: Describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design Demonstrates how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in top-quality video games Contains valuable insight from Jesse Schell, the former chair of the International Game Developers Association and award-winning designer of Disney online games The Art of Game Design, Second Edition gives readers useful perspectives on how to make better game designs faster. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 9780385674508
Release Date: 2012-05-15
Genre: Science

One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining. From the Hardcover edition.

Sink Reflections

Author: Marla Cilley
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0307418324
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: House & Home

Fly Out of CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) Into Order—One BabyStep at a Time With her special blend of housecleaning tips, humor, and musings about daily life, Marla Cilley, a.k.a. The FlyLady, shows you how to manage clutter and chaos and get your home—and your life—in order. Drawn from the lessons and tools used in her popular mentoring program, the FlyLady system helps you create doable housekeeping routines and break down overwhelming chores into manageable missions that will restore peace to your home—and your psyche. Soon you’ll be able to greet guests without fear, find your keys, locate your kids, and, most of all, learn how to FLY: Finally Love Yourself. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Glass Castle

Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439156964
Release Date: 2009-10-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Clear the Clutter Find Happiness

Author: Donna Smallin
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781612123523
Release Date: 2014-12-26
Genre: House & Home

Get rid of the clutter — and keep it away! Organizing expert Donna Smallin shows you how to enjoy the happy, healthy, and inviting home you long for with hundreds of time-saving, clutter-busting tips. Smallin’s simple and manageable approach helps you focus on the things that will make the biggest difference in the least amount of time. Clear away the clutter once and for all, and discover the peace of mind that has been hiding underneath.