Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

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The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing.

In this practical and yet whimsically written book, Marie Kondo shares her method of tidying up, which includes serious decluttering and organizing.  She encourages people to sort through their belongings, one at a time, handling each item and asking a simple question, “Does it spark joy?” If it does, you keep it, if not, you toss it.  At the end, you’ll have a home filled with things that you love, and that bring you joy.  It’s a subtle difference from other decluttering methods, but the positive angle she approaches it with makes the entire process more life-giving.  Once you’ve decided what you are going to keep, all you need to do is find a place for everything, and then put things back where they belong.  You won’t have to continually re-organize and declutter on a daily basis.

 Kondo encourages you to take plenty of time before you begin decluttering and organizing to really be intentional and envision what you want your room/home to look like when you are finished.

Kondo talks about some of the reasons that we keep clutter around, reasons like obligation, guilt, or desire to get our money’s worth from it.  She describes how every thing has a purpose, and once something has fulfilled its purpose, we do not need to feel obligated to keep it around any more.  There is so much freedom in recognizing that an item has accomplished its purpose, and then passing it on!

I can tell you from personal experience that this works! In the short time since finishing this book, I have gone through many items in my home, using the “KonMari Method” and gotten rid of a lot of things that were unnecessary and did not “spark joy” and already, my home feels cleaner, lighter, and more happy!

It’s amazing the power that decluttering can have!  Making that many decisions (hundreds, by the time you’re done) can give you a much clearer idea of who you are, what you love, what you don’t love, and what your style is.  It brings confidence and an excitement in being unique.  There is such a freedom that comes with you are no longer a “stuff manager”, but can come home to a place that is restful, full of beauty and joy, a place that you are delighted to call home.

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