In September, I reviewed the highly praised book The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. In that video, I gave my key takeaways as well as minor critiques.
Overall, I found it to be a quick, pleasant read, and it gave me some wonderful tips to try, including a new folding method that turned my dresser from decently organized to full-on drawer porn.
I also shared this book with my mom. My mom is a woman who appreciates and can keep a clean house, but often struggles with keeping it tidy. She and my dad are in their fifties, so they have had essentially twice as much time as me to accumulate stuff. Not to mention things given or left behind by family members and kids.
It took my mom a while to get around to reading it (she’s a busy lady, ya know?), but I recently received this email from her with her thoughts on the book:
“I finished it. Loved it. Glad it’s on my book app, so I can refer to it. I think she addresses everything, from categories of items to reasons why we don’t let go and why we should, yet she doesn’t seem judgmental, just encouraging, like there is some magical freedom and focus awaiting the conclusion. Really motivates me to start. And the best part is I’ll know when I get there, and will be able to “live” / live there. It’s both a state of mind and a place! I can’t wait to exercise decision making and improve it, and hopefully reveal my true passion, not the casserole of others’ expectations I often feel I am stuck in.
I have always intuitively known that this process she explains is what it really means to get your house in order. It is referred to in the Bible. She gives readers a very simple and practical yet meaningful way to do it, and I can see how it’s “one and done” doing it this way. She even addressed how to continue if that “just right” has not been achieved. The section on words–printed clutter was an aha! For me. I want to take vacation just to get my house in order.
I laughed at all the practical reasons why “useful” items can actually be just clutter. That clicked. And the “fear of future” (needing some item) is bigger than hanging on to the past for some people. But she reasons well on how we can get what we need if we really do, but often we can and are fine doing without!
So thanks for sharing”
I am so glad that she enjoyed the book and found it inspiring. For those that aren’t bitten by the organizing bug like me, it can be difficult to get motivated or make time to tackle big tasks like this. I offered to help her out and hopefully we will have some awesome before and afters to share with you in the future!
Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? What did you think?