Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo - #review #firstbook2018

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.



In one of my more astute self-realizations, I told my mother when I was growing up that I think my inability to keep my room tidy was a reflection of my mind feeling cluttered as well.  The one has fed into the other...for decades. Ugh.

Then, several months ago, through a blog or Pinterest or some such social media site, I became aware of something called "The KonMari Method".  I had tried lots, and I mean LOTS (in bold red letters, no less!) of ways to convert to a less-cluttered way of life.  Many of them worked...for a while.  But in the long-run I would always revert to my 'comfort zone' - which apparently is not tidy at all.  I'm not saying I didn't stay orderly because the programs and suggestions did not work; I bear much of that responsibility myself.

But I finally have reached that spot where enough is enough.  I want my home to be a place of welcome and serenity, not of chaos and disarray.  So, I put The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up on my Amazon wish list.  And when my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas, I knew just what to tell him.

I wanted to 'tear' into it right away, even though the book arrived some days before Christmas.  And for a reading challenge aficionado like myself, the week between Christmas and New Year's is t.o.r.t.u.r.e.

I was impressed at the respect Ms. Kondo showed both to her clients and their possessions.  She bravely shared her journey with tidying, with its ups and downs, with us.  For probably the first time, I feel like this is really something that I can do!  (Although I was happy to find out that when she says 'tidy all at once over a short time', that 'short time' refers to several months, not days or weeks.)



Marie Kondo (近藤 麻理恵) is a Japanese organizing consultant and author. Kondo's method of organizing is known as the KonMari Method, and one of the main principles is keeping only possessions which "spark joy."

Kondo's best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has been published in more than 30 countries.

She was listed as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in 2015.


Are you naturally tidy or to do have to work at it?


Connected to the following 2018 reading challenges:
Pop Sugar Reading Challenge
52 Books in 52 Weeks RC (part deux)
Strictly Print RC

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