Friday, December 5, 2014

the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo

From the publisher:
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 bestseller 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.
This is a fascinating book.  I have never read any other "tidying up" book but I have read blogs and talked with many others about tidying up. Marie Kondo's approach is completely different.  

What really amazes me is the doesn't dismiss the senimenal and emotional value of objects that people (usually) have the most trouble getting rid of, but helps the reader be able to get rid of them, or keep them if they "spark joy".  

This book is different, and I think will definitely help to change the way people see de-cluttering and tidying up.  

At first glance the book might seem overwhelming to someone who wants to clean up their house and life, but the chapters are shorts and small.  And if even that is too much, then just skim to the bold faced words and read around them and the reader can still get the basic jist of what Marie Kondo is trying to say.  

Marie Kondo has very practical suggestions and this will make readers feel that they can attempt her ideas.  She also shares the rational and logic behind her ideas as well as shares her own failures and successes in these areas.  

I look forward to trying these ideas out in my own home!

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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