I read Marie Kondo’s book last year (and wrote about it here), and wasn’t intending to read it again so soon. But I’m currently wanting to clear my space, and really feeling uncertain about where to start, so once again I ordered it from the library and happily picked it up.
A light read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is both whimsical and practical. Kondo takes possessions seriously, along with the relationship people have with them. I still find some of her views a little “out there,” but again I found a lot of the information and instructions make sense.
Some of the highlights of this reading round include:
- If you don’t really love something, what is the point of keeping it?
- Sometimes an item has fulfilled its purpose with you already, and you don’t need to feel bad about it. For example, a gift someone gave you was a thrill and informed you of their caring and affection. If you don’t love the item, its job with you is done and you can get rid of it without any regrets.
- Even if you get rid of something you later wish you hadn’t, having a tidy home will save you all the trouble and stress of searching for it. You’ll quickly realize you don’t have it and can then find the information or replace the item.
- Have a purpose for tidying: imagine what you want your life to look like, think about why, and keep that firmly focused in your mind.
- Tidying up your house can be really fun! And it’s all about examining your inner self.
- The right time to read books is when you first encounter them. I think this could be applied to other stuff too – the right time to use them is when you first encounter them. Otherwise they’re not just right for you and you should let them go.
- Allow yourself a personal book hall of fame of your favourite titles.
- The point isn’t to get rid of everything or to only keep useful items. The point is to love everything you have, and avoid wasting time on anything else.
Last time I read her book, its purpose was information. I considered the principles and ideas she put forth but didn’t do much about it. This time around, I want to use the inspiration from reading the book to actually go through my things and tidy my life up!
Will keep you posted as I go. Step one is clothing, and I’m a little scared because I think it’ll mean I have to go shopping once I’m done.