I had planned on writing a review of this book when I started reading it after Christmas (I also gave one to my MIL and SIL). This book seemed to be all the rage and, as a professional organizer, I just had to see what all the fuss was about.
It’s a fast, easy read. She gets a little bit “out there” when she talks about items having feelings and preferences, but if you don’t take it too literal, she paints a good picture of what kind of vibe that’s projected by a bunch of stuff balled up and crammed in places.
The main point that I took away from her book (also happens to be the method that I use with my clients) is to physically hold and feel every single item you are organizing. Not only does putting in the hard work of organizing give you an ownership in keeping your place organized, it’s also cathartic to hold items that you haven’t seen for a while to really determine if they are needed in your life. She says that if it doesn’t spark joy than it’s time to say goodbye.
Like Marie, I’m also a big supporter of sorting items by category and not by room. I always get all like-items together in one place. That way you can really see what all you’re working with and you don’t have to keep redundant items.
I also loved her bit about not passing off your unwanted junk to your friends and family. It’s a big one that I don’t think a lot of people think about.
Overall, it’s a quick, light read. I don’t think it’s the absolute best book EVER, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about organizing and looking for somewhere to start!