Marie Kondo says

Marie Kondo's book: The life-changing magic of tidying

Back a month or so I finished reading Marie Kondo’s The life-changing magic of tidying, and ever since I’ve been walking around starting statements with “Marie Kondo says” (to the disappointment of others).

I can’t help it. I read something. I become a fanatic.

The secret to Marie Kondo is just getting rid of stuff that doesn’t spark joy in your life (and yes, I have a second Marie Kondo book to read too – Spark Joy). I have a lot of that.

The first step is to discard, then to tidy by category and the store your things. And you have to do it category at a time. You also have to do it right (tidying is not a family occasion, it can take months, and you should do it at the beginning of the day and at the start of the process, not sprinkled here and there). You shouldn’t have to tidy every day. Because once you go through the process and everything you have is in the right place, it all goes back there after it is used.

The category order is very important:

  • Clothing: tops, bottoms, clothes for hanging, socks, underwear, handbags (or for me canvas bags), accessories, special events clothes, shoes
  • Books: general (sorry KonMari, you are going to another home even though you suggest against passing our stuff onto others), practical (all the cookbooks), visual (some of the cookbooks!), magazines (hey baby, I’m keeping ALL my Monocle magazines and papers)
  • Papers: this one will be interesting because I keep every single paper I come by (eek); goodbye medical records, goodbye whitepapers from seven months/years ago; and I will find a home for the white goods, sorry Marie!
  • Miscellaneous 1: CDs, DVDs, skincare, make-up, accessories, valuables, electrical equipment and appliances (digital cords, digital cameras, anything electric), household equipment (stationery, sewing, writing), household supplies (medicine, detergents, tissues – oh yeah, I have tissues), kitchen goods/food supplies (happy to say, I have very little to worry about here except for some tahini that should have never been brought/bought into our lives)
  • Miscellaneous 2: things you keep just because (gifts, mobile phone packaging, spare buttons, skincare samples… tick, tick, tick)
  • Sentimentals: I guess for me its just stuff that I might have that is sentimental. If I can keep it to a single shoe box that would be great. I have a sketch from when I was a baby (one I did, one dad did, another one, and another)
  • Photos – live in the now!

I’ve started with a few items since I read the book. But now, I’m designated May “Marie Kondo May”.


Extreme Presentation™ Method

Me circa 2007, during Rotary vs Rotaract debate, NSW Parliament

I’ve always enjoyed presenting. To an extent. I really like it when I know the subject well enough. I guess it doesn’t work for me as well when I don’t know the subject. Should it?

A colleague of mine and I have signed up to a workshop on the “Extreme Presentation™ Method” by a marketing advisory group we’ve signed up to for the next year. Going to learn loads over the next year!

I know nothing about what this. What is “Extreme Presentation™ Method”? So I do a quick Google and find a website ( and then another website (

Both include different tools, including chart selectors of sorts.

One of the slide tools from The Extreme Presentation™ Method

Very cool. I can’t wait to learn more during the workshop in March.

The outline of the day sounds very interesting. The agenda covers audience analysis, objective setting, business problem solving, evidence supporting your recommendation, anecdotes, sequencing your evidence, choosing charts, choosing your layout, stakeholder buy-in, and measuring your presentation success.

I’m going to make sure to re-read my one and only presentation book in my library: slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte. I bought this book on Amazon in March 2010, along with a handful of other resources (The Little Know-It-All: Common Sense for DesignersDesigning Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding TeamInformation Architecture: Blueprints for the WebThe Domain Name Handbook; High Stakes and Strategies in Cyberspace, and Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks).

Yes, I’m a bit of a book hoarder…

I’ll make sure to post an update of key takeaways from my workshop in March. Can’t wait!