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日本でもベストセラーになった辰巳渚さんの「捨てる!」技術がThe Art of Discardingとして英語版が発売されるようです。ここでの「技術」がArtになるのは面白いですね。(the book that originally inspired a young Marie Kondo to start cleaning up her closets)とコンマリブームに乗っかる気満々です(笑)

(アマゾンでの紹介文)
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.


こういうのは読みやすいので興味がある方なら英語学習の多読用素材として向いているでしょう。抜粋を載せた記事がありました。

Tips From The Life-Changing Book That Inspired Marie Kondo’s Konmari Method
MARCH 16, 2017 5:30 PM
by MADELEINE LUCKEL

DISCARD WHEN YOU EXCEED A CERTAIN AMOUNT

Set limits. The limit may be the capacity of a particular container—a bookcase, say, or a closet. Once your possessions exceed that capacity, get rid of anything that isn’t required. Or simply decide how much of something you are likely to use—for example, wrapping paper—and don’t allow your stock to exceed that.
What sort of things?

• Clothes, towels/sheets (cabinet; closet); shoes (shoe rack); food (food shelves); books (bookcase);
• Pens, pencils (pen holder)
• Wrapping paper, string, boxes
• Used paper
• Pajamas
• Bath towels, sheets
• Mugs
• Chopsticks, spoons, etc.
• Cloths
• Pots, kitchen utensils
Strategy variations

1: DISCARD WHEN THEY EXCEED A CERTAIN SPACE
• Clothes, towels/sheets (cabinet; closet); shoes (shoe rack); food (food shelves); books (bookcase)
Don’t keep clothes on bedroom walls, in the corridor or the hall, etc. Decide on just one place to put them. Once that fills up, start checking through what you’ve got. If there’s anything there that you never use, think about getting rid of it. The same approach can be taken with towels and sheets, with shoes that don’t fit on the rack, food that doesn’t fit on the shelves, books that won’t go in the bookcase. Once you’ve decided on the amount of space each type of item should be allocated, think carefully before increasing it.
• Pens, pencils (pen holder)
It may seem a minor thing, but it’s worth keeping an eye on pen holders. They tend to fill up very quickly, and you want to be able to take pens out and put them back with ease. So once this becomes difficult, get rid of some pens. It’s likely that there are some that don’t work very well, or others you were given but never use. Don’t make the mistake of starting up a new pen box in your drawer.


「大きなお世話だ」と思うような人の場合は以下のような書評を読むとスッキリするかもしれません(爆)

Our clutter-loving critic hates throwing anything anyway. But he’ll happily make an exception for this bossy-boots self-help manual from Japan that’s ordering him to tidy up his life...
By Craig Brown Event for The Mail on Sunday
PUBLISHED: 22:01 GMT, 18 March 2017 | UPDATED: 22:01 GMT, 18 March 2017

Are you still with me? It so happens that this week I am reviewing a book called The Art Of Discarding, which its publishers confidently describe as ‘The book that inspired Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying’. It has, they add, already sold two million copies in Japan.

‘Throwing stuff out: it’s a fundamental issue,’ reads the very first sentence. Quite clearly, I am the target audience. The chapter titles give the gist of what is to follow: 1: Don’t keep it ‘for now’. 2: Avoid ‘temporary storage – decide now!’ 3: ‘Sometime’ never comes. 4: ‘Really convenient!’ to somebody else – irritating junk to me. 5: Nothing is sacred. 6: If you’ve got it, use it.

And so forth. On page seven, the author squeezes the message of the entire book into a single sentence. ‘It’s very simple: keep things you use and discard those you don’t.’ The rest of The Art Of Discarding is little more than a repetition of this basic message, over and over and over again. Even though it is an extremely short book – 168 pages with big type and a lot of blank space – it seems much too long. A recurrent phrase is ‘As I’ve said already’. If only the author had followed her own strictures, and discarded anything unnecessary, she could have boiled it down to a couple of paragraphs at most.

Like many self-help manuals with a message too brief to fill up the available pages (diet books, for instance, are all long-winded variations on two words: ‘Eat Less’), The Art Of Discarding includes a survey conducted by the author from her circle of acquaintances. ‘The majority of responses were from the Tokyo area, but some were also from Osaka, Kyushu, Shikoku, Chubu and Hokuriku,’ she adds, helpfully.


捨てる技術というならせいぜい2パラグラフぐらいにまとめられただろうにと皮肉たっぷりに攻撃しています。

If only the author had followed her own strictures, and discarded anything unnecessary, she could have boiled it down to a couple of paragraphs at most.


ダイエット本の核心もEat lessで済むじゃないかという指摘は痛快ですね。

Like many self-help manuals with a message too brief to fill up the available pages (diet books, for instance, are all long-winded variations on two words: ‘Eat Less’)


こんな書評を載せることは日本の出版界では考えられないですね。。。
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