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Marie Kondo – does tidiness really equal a clean mind?

Marie Kondo – does tidiness really equal a clean mind?

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your device If you haven't heard of Marie Kondo yet, it won't be long before you do.Thanks to her new Netflix programme, the Japanese tidying guru has become January's "It girl". Chance is, you already know someone who is using her "KonMari" method, which promises not only a de-cluttered house, but also a clean mind."When you put your house in order, you put your affairs, and your past in order, too," Kondo explains in her 2014 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. "As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need and what you don't, and what you should and shouldn't do."But is it really as simple as asking whether everything you own truly "sparks joy" and then throwing away anything that doesn't?'Relationsh...
These really bad habits and traits will stop you from reaching your financial goals

These really bad habits and traits will stop you from reaching your financial goals

Finance
While people start out with good intentions and set their sights on meeting various financial goals, many never achieve them and instead fail miserably. Here are nine bad habits that will hinder investors from reaching their financial success. 1. Failing to plan. Lacking a financial plan means you have no focus and you can easily be swayed. A recent study by the University of Scranton revealed that 92 percent of people who do not achieve their goal fail as a result of lack of planning. People who do not plan for how to manage their money and who lack a budget are vulnerable to impulse buying, overspending and making other unw...
How do you know you're really ready to retire early?

How do you know you're really ready to retire early?

Finance
Planning young: a retirement roadmap How do I know if I can retire early? Some people go to great lengths to set up their spending, saving and investment goals so they can retire early. For Justin McCurry — who retired at age 33 with $ 1.3 million so he could spend more time traveling with his wife and three kids — retirement came more than 30 years early. And not by accident. While the main goal is figuring how much you'll need and reaching that magic number, there are other considerations, too. Hitting that number can be so exciting you want to launch right away, says McCurry. But not paying attention to details of your post-working life can undermine or even undo some of the hard work you've done, he says. Check your math and your risk First, you'...