All done! Marie Kondo‘s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is now on my ‘completed’ list. I know we’re a week into February so technically I’m behind, but this counts as the first of my non-fiction books for 2016.
Highlights of the book include:
- Specific recommendations for how to go about tidying, including method (category rather than location), criteria (only keep things you love), and storage (keep things where you can see them)
- Suggestions for clothing; books; papers; and even that beast of decluttering, sentimental items.
- Valuable insights on why we keep things (this part, in the last portion of the book, was one of the most important sections for me)
Some portions felt a little hokey for my tastes, including instructions to:
- Ask your items where they wish to be stored
- Thank your purse at the end of the day
- Greet your house when you get home.
But even this, which I am unlikely to carry through to the extent she describes, can be useful. Store items in a place that suits them; don’t stuff your purse full and leave it like that 24/7; be grateful for your home and don’t take it for granted.
But, even if you don’t feel the need to go to the extreme end of greeting your possessions, it’s still a valuable insight to realize that each item in your home should have its own place and purpose. And (for me at least) the practical suggestions, combined with the “why we keep things” paragraphs, make the book well-worth reading.
When we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.
You’ll begin to see a pattern in your ownership of things, a pattern that falls into one of three categories: an attachment to the past, desire for stability in the future, or a combination.
It’s important to understand your ownership pattern because it is an expression of the values that guide your life.
Other people’s thoughts* on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:
- 8 Decluttering Lessons Learned from the Marie Kondo book
- The Stuff of Magic
- Everything You Own is a Relationship You’re In (this is one of the first things I read/learned about Kondo’s book, and he provides a decent summary – I felt prepared to give it a try without needing to read the full book right away)
- This Book on Tidying has Changed how I look at my kitchen
- Why Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo is Wrong
*Although there are more positive reviews here, I find them valuable because they are more thoughtful and reasonable; the last author seems to think there are no lessons to be learned because she doesn’t agree with EVERYTHING Kondo writes)
Got any thoughts? I’d love to hear them.