Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
By Marie Kondo
From Goodreads: Non-fiction, Self-help, How to, Psychology
Theme: All about Organizing and Getting your stuff together
Why I Read it: I have a secret. I really, really, really like to organize and I have since I was a kid. I like to have my possessions in order and neat. It gives me a sense of control and frankly my life just works better when I have things in order. It can even be argued that it directly ties into being healthier too!
I have a second secret. My house is not perfectly organized. In fact, I often have a hard time keeping things tidy. I have tried several different techniques and even thought about becoming more minimalistic. So when I came across The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing I knew I had to read it.
Marie Kondo is an organizing consultant in Japan, who is known for the KonMari Method, which centers on the principal of keeping items that “spark joy.” She gives simple detailed instructions about how to best organizing your stuff by categories, the overall process of sorting, and what to do when you reach the hardest items: mementos and photos. She also includes stories about her own journey through mastering organization. Many of which of I could relate to and found quite funny.
There were some parts that were not realistic for me or I should say I would likely not follow. For example, while I am all for every item in the house should have a home (i.e. a place) for me taking every item out of my purse each night is not realistic. My anxiety of leaving something behind would keep me up half the night 😉
My Life After: I have not fully begun the process of organizing my items because I want to have the time to do it. Recently, I was going to a wedding and was going through my dresses. I decided to implement the KonMari Method. I held up or tried on each dress. If I felt happy or joy, I kept it. If not, I put them in a bag to be donated. Even my husband got inspired and starting sorting through his dress clothes. By the time we finished we a) had clothes we loved and b) were looking up charities to make a donation to.
Stay tuned for a follow-up blog to my progress and implementation of KonMari Method.
Have you read The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up? What did you think?
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Ready to be Organized and Full of Joy,
Mrs. Know it All