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5 Things Marie Kondo Says Everyone Should Discard

Written by Grace & Silas
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Marie Kondo is an expert at home organization and if your home is cluttered, then you definitely need to check out these tips! They’ll make your life a lot easier and your home a much more peaceful place. Seriously, there’s no need to keep the clutter around if you have an awesome way to organize things.

1. Unneeded books

When Marie Kondo suggested getting rid of unneeded books, book lovers across the world flipped. She later explained that we should consider keeping books we consider valuable and then sell, donate, or gift books we don’t need because we should only keep what sparks joy in us. If you’ve read a book halfway, don’t bother keeping it because, as Marie says, “There’s no need to finish reading books that you only got halfway through. Their purpose was to be read halfway.”

2. Things that have outlived their purpose

According to Marie Kondo, we cling to things we no longer need or even want. By cataloging everything you own and noting the things that still serve you well, you will immediately realize that there’s so much stuff lying around that has outlived its purpose. Appreciate what works and get rid of what doesn’t.

3. Branded products

Everywhere we look, there are ads, and they’re in our private spaces too! From shampoo bottles to laundry detergent, we are constantly exposed to this “noise” of information that’s meant to stimulate us into buying more things we don’t need. Marie Kondo suggests decanting all the liquid soaps, shampoo, (etc.) into unlabeled containers to give your home an elegant, peaceful look.

4. Price tags and packaging

Marie Kondo says products in the store come with price tags and packaging, so once we buy them, we should always throw away price tags and packaging to make them feel more personal. This will also make you think twice before buying something you don’t need.

5. Sentimental Things

Make sure that if you have sentimental things, you get rid of the things that don’t spark your joy. Or if you have two of the same things, you can get rid of one of them. Also, think about displaying some of your children’s achievements, and throw the rest away, instead of keeping a pile of them stored away in the closet.


There is an art to throwing things away, and we should practice letting go of things that no longer spark joy in us and make space for new love, new joy, and new experiences.

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Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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