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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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7 Reasons I Disagree with Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”

May 31st, 2016

Episode 280 of 399 episodes

I love the subject of clearing clutter. For me — and for most people — outer order contributes to inner calm. I feel this phenomenon in my own life; it exhilarates me in practice and fascinates me in theory. So I was eager to read Marie Kondo’s blockbuster bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And I found it thought-provoking, and I got some great clutter-clearing tips from the “KonMari method.” I also have some profound disagreements with Marie Kondo. As I write in The Happiness Project, and Happier at Home, and Better Than Before, I’ve come to believe deeply that we all must find the way to happiness and good habits that’s right for us. There is no magic, one-size-fits-all solution. Just because something works for you — or Marie Kondo — doesn’t mean that it will work for me. We can all learn from each other, absolutely, but there’s no one way to achieve anything. You indulge in moderation; I abstain. You exercise in the afternoon; I exercise first thing in the morning. You like lots of abundance; I like simplicity. No one’s right, and no one’s wrong. It’s what’s true for the individual. ... The post 7 Reasons I Disagree with Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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