Monday, April 11, 2016

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

I am not a neat freak.  My house isn't dirty, but it'd be safe to say that I have a clutter problem.  Then I just spent three years in grad school, and to be perfectly honest - keeping up with the housework was definitely not tops on my priority list.  So here I am now, a year past graduation and I'm ready to make my house right.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been a major best seller for some time now (and the sequel came out earlier this year).  I figured this was the place to start, get myself in the right mindset for this project.  Granted, I was still a bit skeptical...  and I'd heard about some of the, um, more unusual concepts the author brings to the table.

Marie Kondo is apparently a very successful organizer in Japan, and it is easy to see why.  She presents her KonMari method of tidying in this book, and she does make some very good points.  Specifically how we are not necessarily ever "taught" to clean our rooms (though we are sent to our rooms to clean often when we are kids).   As a parent, I can see that I've done the same with my children... and wonder why they don't ever really clean their rooms but just make piles and move stuff around?  The idea that a person's difficulty with with letting go with some items has to do with either  an over-attachment to the past or an insecurity with the future really resonated with me.  I also paid attention to the part where she talks about the needless guilt over whether or not to toss something that was given as a gift.  It was definitely a perception shift for me to think about the given purpose of an item and when its purpose has been fulfilled.

So, yes, I do think this will help me.  I don't think I'll do everything she says....  I will follow the basics as best I can though.  It does get a little out there in some ways, but I think the majority of that is based more in cultural differences.  The big test will be how well I reorganize my house though!

*****
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
by Marie Kondo
Ten Speed Press, 2014.  First published in Japan 2011.
213 pages
Source:  Purchased New
*****

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1 comment:

Geoff said...

I'm so glad you read it! I definitely was picky about what I chose to do and not do. Thankfully, I didn't have too much to go through, but it was still nice to go through it with a set idea of how to approach it. I definitely liked her folding techniques though and standing stuff up.

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