II. While Reading Activities
- obsess |əbˈses| verb [with object] preoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually, intrusively, and to a troubling extent: he was obsessed with the theme of death | (as adjective obsessed) : he became completely obsessed about germs.
- glean |ɡlēn| verb [with object]extract (information) from various sources: the information is gleaned from press clippings.
- tidy |ˈtīdē| adjective (tidier, tidiest)1 arranged neatly and in order: his scrupulously tidy apartment | figurative : the lives they lead don’t fit into tidy patterns.
- whittle |ˈ(h)widl| verb [with object] (whittle something away/down) reduce something in size, amount, or extent by a gradual series of steps: the short list of fifteen was whittled down to five
- deploy |dəˈploi| verb [with object] bring into effective action; utilize: they are not always able to deploy this skill.
- compartmentalize |kəmˌpärtˈmen(t)lˌīz| -verb [with object] divide into sections or categories: he had the ability to compartmentalize his life.
- purge |pərj| verb [with object] physically remove (something) completely: a cold air blower purges residual solvents from the house.
- accessible |əkˈsesəb(ə)l| adjective 1 (of a place) able to be reached or entered: the town is accessible by bus | this room is not accessible to elderly people.
- balk |bôk| (British also baulk) verb [no object] 1 hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking: any gardener will at first balk at enclosing the garden.
- overwhelmed |ˌōvərˈ(h)welm| verb [with object] • give too much of a thing to (someone); inundate: they were overwhelmed by farewell messages.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition
While Ms. Kondo relies on found boxes like empty jewelry boxes or shoe boxes for organizing small items, at Wirecutter we’ve found that the right tool for the job works even better to maximize space and keep tidbits organized.
- F-Marie Kondo teaches people how to organize clutter.
- T-Getting rid of unwanted things is only half the job.
- F-Marie Kondo’s show can be seen on Netflix.
- NA -Ms. Kondo’s show originated in Japan.
- T-Beth Penn is the author of The Little Book of Tidying: Declutter Your Home and Your Life.
- T-The article provides some tips from Ms. Kondo’s show.
- F-Ms. Kondo strongly encourages parents to include children in the task of folding laundry.
- F-Erin Boyle is the author of Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More.
- NA- Ms. Kondo’s parents watch her show.
- NA -Marie Kondo is married with two children.