the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

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Title: the life-changing magic of tidying up:
           the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
Author: marie kondo
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Cleaning & Organizing
How did I get this book: I purchased the book in April of 2015
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Overview: Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). Read more

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (aka The Frugal Zealot)

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Title: The Complete Tightwad Gazette
Author: Amy Dacyczyn (aka The Frugal Zealot)
Category:  Non-fiction
Genre: Thrifty Tips
Format: Softcover, 959 pages
ISBN: 0-375-75225-0
How did I get this book: I purchased this book many years ago

Overview: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle.
The author established herself as the expert of economy.  The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume, along with new articles never published before in this book format.

Many years ago (back in the 1990s) I had a subscription to The Tightwad Gazette newsletter, 1990-1996.  I loved it and looked forward to each issue. I had no idea that the issues were compiled into not only one book, but three.  Then, this book was written encompassing all three previous books along with new information.  When I stumbled across it, years after I had received the final newsletter issue, I was thrilled, and bought it on the spot.  It has been on my shelf for many years and although I have enjoyed all the tips, it may be time for it to be passed on to someone who has not yet experienced all the thrifty tips it contains. Read more