Marie Konda's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" gave me the push I needed to start discarding things seriously. While I haven't finished tidying my house, I already notice a difference in how I view my house and belongings. In short, I've actually started liking my house better. I'm putting things back where they belong, thinking more clearly, and enjoying going home in the evening. While Kondo has a definite superstitious side- easily explained by Japanese history and culture as a whole- I find working with those superstitions to be the glue that makes her method work. It might be easy for non-superstitious people or those unfamiliar with Japanese culture to make a snap judgement on Kondo's authority, but, really, don't knock it until you try it.