“The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” – Marie Kondo

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. Family book club! 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 does go a little bit “out there” when she talks about items having feelings and preferences. If you don’t take it too literal, she paints a good picture of what kind of vibe that is projected by a bunch of stuff being balled up and crammed in places.

The main point that I took away from her book (also what I do with people) 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.

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Like Marie, I’m also a big supporter of sorting items by category. But we differ where she says not to sort by room. When time is limited, doing one room at a time can be a lot more manageable. I always get all like-items together in one place. That way you can really see what you’re working with and you don’t have to keep redundant items. No one needs 6 bottles of the same lotion. Consolidate!

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. I also have a tendency of asking my friends if they want items I love. No harm in asking them but if whatever it is is in good shape, sell it on FB Marketplace. Get some of the money back from when you bought it.

Overall, it’s a quick, light read. I don’t think it’s the absolute best book EVER (maybe some day I’ll write a better one!), but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about organizing and looking for somewhere to start! It’s great for read for people who have too much stuff! I recommend the audio-book for that reason!

-Shawna

 

 

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