In A Nutshell: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

A New York Times Best Seller, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is a book that I decided to pick up after hearing many people rave about it. In this informational read, you learn the “KonMari Method” of cleaning, named after the author, Marie Kondo.

This Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, promises that “if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.”

In the beginning, she addresses the reasons why most people cannot keep their house clean, no matter how often they tidy-up.

Next, she explains how to go through all of your belongings, and only keep the items that “spark joy”. Marie Kondo says “We should be choosing that we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.”

“When we reduce what we own and essentially ‘detox’ our house, it has a detox effect on our bodies as well.” – Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

When going through your belongings, Kondo recommends starting with your clothes, moving on to books and paper, miscellaneous items, then lastly, momentos. She adds, “Tidying by category works like magic.” Discarding the things in your space that do not bring you joy will help you appreciate everything you keep so much more.

Once you have decluttered, you are ready to choose a specific space for each item you own. Everything has a home and is put back immediately after use. This KonMari Method of tidying is said to “dramatically transform your life.”

“Pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life. I am convinced that putting your house in order will help you find the mission that speaks to your heart. Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.” – Marie Kondo

I enjoyed reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” because it inspired me to discard many items that I might have otherwise kept. However, I do think that it is a slight exaggeration that cleaning this way will “transform your life”. Also, actually carrying out this method from start to finish seems like an insurmountable task. Not only that, but maintaining this level of organization is probably not as easy as she makes it seem. At least for me.

What do you think? Have you read this book and tried the KonMari Method? If you haven’t, does this seem like something you would like to read, or a waste of time? I am interested to hear your thoughts!

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