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Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

February 13th, 2019 by Debbie's World of Books
Source: Borrowed from the library
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication date: October 14, 2014

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

About the book

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international best seller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home – and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

My Thoughts

I never thought I would read this book. A friend had mentioned it a year or so ago and the thought of things that “spark joy” seemed a little too new age to me. However, after getting sucked into the Netflix series I was inspired to pull all my clothes out and even though I didn’t necessary use the joy method, just the inspiration to pull EVERYTHING out did wonders. There was stuff that hung in my closet and has been through multiple moves without ever being worn. I went through every piece of clothing and thought about did I really like it, did it fit and would I actually wear it vs just liking the style. I ended up getting ride of 3 trash bags worth of clothing and refolded everything using her method. That folding method alone was gold for me. Things fit so much nicer and now I can see all my clothing versus only the top 3 layers of shirts like when they were stacked up. It’s almost like having a new wardrobe now with all the clothes I had forgotten I had.

After reading a CNN article talking about how the show naturally own scratches the surface I figured I should give the book a chance because I do want to tackle the other parts of my house. I borrowed it from the library and while the sparking joy still seems a little too out there for me she does offer some other practical nuggets. I used to do the I’ll tidy one spot or get rid of one item at a time method of tidying my house and it never works. Reading her reasoning about why this doesn’t work really does make sense and it has inspired me to go home and want to tackle each of the areas she talks about.

All in all, this was an easy read, some good tips and was inspirational to kick off a tidying bug.

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