Book Talks: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and This Changes Everything

the life changing magic of tidying upThe life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing 
by Marie Kondo ; translated from Japanese by Cathy Hirano

In a modern society so burdened by stuff, tidying has become a chore that spawns upset and anxiety. Staring into that junk drawer full of things you’re afraid to throw away lest you need them, or that catchall closet full of just-in-case items /  can make a person give up before they even start.

In Marie Kondo’s book, The life-changing magic of tidying up, she encourages readers not to decide what to dispose of, but to decide what to keep. Rather than tackling a room or a space, She tackles categories of things – clothes,books,  papers, miscellaneous items – in order of easiest to hardest to get rid of, and then asks the question “Does this thing bring me joy?” Those things that don’t spark joy are given up – in many cases that means donated to the local thrift store to find a second life of usefulness with someone else.

With thousands of satisfied clients in Japan, Marie Kondo’s method has been praised as being quick, cheery, and effective, with clients finding that they remain clutter free. Now the rest of us can put her method to the test using her book The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. She even says once you are finished with her book, you may swiftly dispose of it as well. We have an even better idea – you can borrow it from the Haliburton County Public Library, and bring it back for the next person who needs it to deal with the clutter in their life.

this changes everythingThis Changes Everything
by Naomi Klein

In This Changes Everything: capitalism vs the climate, Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth. Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate. We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it – it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook: reining in corporate power, rebuilding local economies and reclaiming our democracies. We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring. Klein believes confronting climate change is no longer about switching the light bulbs. It’s about changing the world, before the world alters so drastically that no one is safe. Either we leap, or we sink. This Changes Everything is one of 10 titles nominated for the Evergreen™ Award. For a list of the nominated titles visit your branch of the Haliburton County Public Library or the library website

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, May 17th – 30th, 2015.


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