Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

22318578I feel I’m a little late to the game for this book. And I also felt that this book would be great for me to read since I am not a cleaning person. (I actually pay someone to clean my house.)

What I read was a great experience.

Marie Kondo walks you through her method of cleaning a home. You move through each of the categories she’s listed, and you physically handle each item. The goal is to keep or purge. Handling an item allows you to really connect with the item to see if it sparks joy. I know it sounds really weird, but it works. I’ve thrown functional items out, and kept totally random items because they brought me joy.

Once you decide if you will keep or purge, then you organize the items you kept. This is where the idea of minimalism comes in. But instead of keeping this simple and functional, you are surrounding yourself with items that only bring you joy.

Now that you have cleaned your home and put everything away, all you have to do is tidy. The items you love you will want to take care of.

I love the example Marie Kondo gives when she comes home. She walks into her home and greets her house. She removes her shoes and places them by the door and puts the previous shoes in her shoe cupboard. Then she goes to her bedroom and hangs up her current clothes and puts on lounge clothes. Marie then proceeds to completely empty her bag and put everything away. She has a fresh slate in the morning for whatever clothes and accessories she chooses that day.

While the beginning of the book is helpful and interesting, the last half I found a bit dull.

Overall, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up receives 4 stars.

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