Book Review:  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

book-933234_1920Book Review:  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This book was recommended to me by a group that I follow that encourages women to learn about and honor their true nature.  This writer has spent her life tidying, and has a unique way to tidy such that you will be surrounded by the things you love and can maintain a lifestyle with fewer belongings.
Marie grew up in Japan and talks about different lifestyle aspects of the culture that were new to me, having lived in America my whole life.  She has a great respect for people’s homes and their belongings, which was clearly reflected in the way she spoke about caring for possessions.   This book talks about how not only to get rid of things that don’t bring you joy, but also how to let go of these things—a very important distinction.  That can be one of the hardest parts of “tidying up”. 
First of all, when the writer talks about “tidying up”, she means what I usually call “decluttering”.  I struggle with both clutter and cleanliness and have made strides to declutter over the past several years.  Having read books about clutter already, I was hopeful there would also be an element of “cleaning” discussed as well, but there wasn’t.  Obviously though, if there are less belongings you have to deal with and there is a place for everything, cleaning will be easier because there will be less obstacles. 
Her system is respectful and effective.  I won’t give away the details of her method because I think the book is worth reading, and I recommend it.  Also she goes into the background of why she recommends the things she does, and gives examples of what she has learned from her lifetime of decluttering and helping people organize their own homes.  She also has an order in which she recommends addressing different types of belongings.  I just finished the book the other day, and thus far I have cleaned out my clothes (including tops, pants, socks and underwear), papers, cleaning products, and several other random articles.  I’m not done but I have made a lot of progress, and her system is easy to implement.
Overall, a good read.  I liked her casual style of writing and the way she used examples to highlight barriers that people face.  If you want to surround yourself only with belongings that spark joy and get rid of the extra stuff you don’t need, I recommend this book.
About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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