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VNM Book Encouragement Club | May Book Introduction


This book has been on my list for years and as someone who already keeps a very minimal space, I’m feeling excited to expand my skills and refine even more.

Don’t let your goal slow your progress.

Sometimes having a specific goal can work against you. If your goal is to read 8 pages a day but you feel exhausted and you don’t even read one, don’t let that keep you from ever picking the book up again. Just reassess & restructure your goal to meet your needs. Maybe you add 1 extra page for the following week, maybe you give yourself an additional day at the end of the month, or maybe you add a month to your overall goal.

Whatever pace you go at, just keep picking up your book.

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As summer approaches, it feels like a good time to reassess what’s hanging around. Time to clear through any winter excess that has accumulated and welcome some lightness.

We already strive to keep a very minimal space and I’m looking forward to seeing how this book expands what we’ve already done. Though I’ve been familiar with Marie Kondo’s work for many years, I haven’t actually dipped into her book. After watching her TV show earlier this year, I feel excited to fully steep in her perspective of tidying.


The #1 New York Times bestselling guide to decluttering your home and the inspiration for the hit Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

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). 

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”


Finish in 1 month:

7 page per day, 7 days per week | 49 pages / week
9 pages Monday - Friday, 4 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 49 pages /week

Finish in 2 months:

3 pages per day, 7 days per week | 28 pages / week
5 pages M-F, 3 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 28 pages / week


To track your goal, print out the calendar sheet below (click to download). Once printed, fill in your daily page goal in pencil (so you can adjust if need be) and hang it somewhere you’ll regularly see it. I like to use the inside of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, or a next to the bathroom sink.

click the image to download