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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.
Hello Marie Kondo, Goodbye mess!!
After watching an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix I fell in love with her methods and wanted to start the process myself. So, I went to the store, purchased a copy of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and read until I reached the end of the clothing section so that I could start discarding, sorting and folding, whilst being armed with these invaluable skills. I did just that! My drawers are tidier than they have ever been and I have given away six bags of clothes. I enjoy folding now, which I didn’t ever think I would say. I love that I can see every item of clothing in my drawers.
When I originally picked up Marie’s book last year, I questioned why I would need to read a book about tidying, when it is just something that has to be done… I hadn’t known how to tidy in a way that suited me and when I tidied everything would be a mess again in no time. This book gave me tips on storing items in a logical, easy to maintain and cost free manner. Marie has a beautiful approach overall, in particular her approach to discarding items. ‘Does it spark joy?’ I would ask myself over and over again as I held each piece of clothing. It is a wonderful way to sort through what should be in my house – items that I love and provide a sense of joy. I also love that Marie draws inspiration from Feng Shui and Shintoism.
The book is well structured and follows the Kon-Mari tidying process. Within each chapter, Marie provides answers to many problems and I found her writing to be delightful, as she is very gentle. Her stories of clients and her own experiences make situations relatable and I felt the confidence to follow most of her advice. Often mess and an untidy home can have a negative impact upon relationships with ourselves and our family, due to arguments about who is to clean what or why things have been left in random places. Marie encourages the reader to concentrate on your own items to discard and other family members are likely to be inspired. To enhance understanding for readers, I would have liked to see a list of the items in the process, as per the TV show, possibly a tick a box at the end of the book and diagrams of her folding, as the TV show gives more insight into this. Watching the show and reading the book in conjunction is worthwhile.
Would I recommend The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying? Absolutely! Is it a life-changing read? Yes! Does the book itself spark joy in my life? Yes! My drawers are tidy and quite beautiful, I am enthusiastic about putting my clothes away and actually enjoy folding… it reminds me of origami. I plan to complete my entire home following the Kon-Mari method (apart from my books, which I will be keeping many more than the suggested collection). My house and I have a long way to go. What an inspiring read! Thanks to Marie Kondo I am motivated to live surrounded by items that I love whilst enjoying a clutter-free life.