The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano
Date Read: December 2015
This guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
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 book 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.
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Read for Fun (Physical Book)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Advice Rating: 4.25
Practical Rating: 3.75
First Thought when Finished: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying had me hooked and planning my week off after Christmas but I am not getting rid of my books.
Advice: I really thought this book was mostly a hit with me. I need to be more ruthless with stuff and if I’m flat out not using it/brings me no joy then it needs to go. I have a room that has garage sale stuff in it. I need to just add to it and then have the sale and/or sale the stuff virtually. That will also help with the other part of life she says will shake out once you do this stuff. However, I won’t get rid of my books which was a section in the book. They bring me joy–that room does so it will stay the same (mostly) though I will get through the knick-knacks in there.
Practicality: I think the idea of doing it all at once is swell. I even will have a solid 3 days to devote to it but I doubt that gets it all done. I do think not prolonging it is smarter than a little at a time. However, for most people it is going to take more than one fell swoop. I don’t know many people that can dedicate that kind of time. So while she says aim for perfection–I’m gonna more aim for awesome (a step below).
I would totally recommend this to anyone looking for a push to get tidy
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