Do you have too much stuff? Are you dare we say it "untidy"? Say hello to a TV show called "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo". A home improvement show based on her widely popular book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In the show, Marie Kondo acts as a tiny garbage fairy for messy people, visiting their houses to share the wisdom of the "KonMari" method. This method is simple in theory but can be endlessly complex in practice. You divide all the stuff in your house – all of it – into several categories, and then examine each item -- all of them – to see if it sparks joy. If it does, you keep it. If it doesn't, you thank it, and neatly discard it.
你是否东西太多？你的房间是否，恕我们直言，“不太整洁”？欢迎收看电视节目《近藤麻理惠的整理秘诀》。这是一档根据她广受欢迎的著作《怦然心动的人生整理魔法》改编的家居环境改善节目 。在节目中，近藤麻理惠扮演了一位身材娇小的仙女，专为家里一团糟的嘉宾整理垃圾，走访他们的家，分享“麻理惠”整理法则的智慧 。这一法则理论上看似简单，实践起来却可能变得非常复杂 。你要把你家的所有东西——是所有东西——分成几类，然后审视每一件东西——是每一件东西——看它是否还能给你带来快乐 。如果能，就留下 。如果不能，对它说声谢谢，然后干脆利落地把它丢掉 。
So, is the TV show inspiring people to tidy up? Firsthand accounts seem to indicate a small wave of people bringing piles of donation bags to used good stores. One store received thousands of bags of used possessions in one day. January is usually the store's slow season for donations, because it's cold and people don't want to bother. But not this January. People seemed determined to clean up their homes. One used bookstore received a month's worth of books in donations in a week when a man gave over 50 boxes of books from his home. It seems Marie’s TV show is having a big impact after all.
Questions 16 to 18 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Q16. What is Maire Kondo's TV show about?
Q17. What things can be kept in one's home, according to Maire Kondo?
Q18. What do we learn about one used bookstore this January?