The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up By Mary Kondo | Book Review

Posted by Amber Adams | May 13, 2017 | Book Reviews, Reviews | 1 |
 My girlfriend kept losing her mind because I have a “clothes chair” and a “stuff corner” where I pile up daily items in her room so that I can have organized chaos.

She then gave me the wife talk. IF we move in and IF we get married this would be something that her self-identified OCD tendencies would consider a deal breaker.

I needed a book that would teach me the methods of a seasoned housewife and fast.

And so began my journey into Mary Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”

Mary recommends a mass cleaning and decluttering session. She insists that you only keep the items that spark joy in you. If the object no longer serves you, she says to thank it for its service and let it go. This is how to shift your decluttering mindset from “what should I get rid of” to “why do I still need this.” She says to literally ask yourself “Does this spark joy?”, and if it doesn’t, say “thank you” and donate it, sell it or give it away.

Kondo says to start with Categories and not rooms. Begin with your Clothes because they’re the least emotional. ONLY keep clothes that give you joy. It’s a radical thought, but it cut my wardrobe in half! And I noticed that it was easier to gift bags to my niece and my sisters rather than just throw out shoes and clothing. Even that gave me joy while I was throwing out half my damn wardrobe.

The most efficient order for the categories are clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, and then things with sentimental value. Put all your clothes in a pile then sort through them, then all the books you own, and go through all the “komono”, which means the things you keep “just because.” This includes things like small tools or accessories or electronic cables you can’t identify anymore.

I’m quite looking forward to shredding all my unneeded documents so I can free up some more space. And even though I’m still going to repurpose my loungewear as pajamas, I won’t be putting my clothes away vertically, as I’ll feel much better that I’ve purged and reorganized.

My girlfriend was right!

To purchase a copy of this book just click on the title The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Kondo also wrote a follow-up book called Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up with more tips on tidying up the various categories of stuff in your home. You should check that out too.

This post was created with the help of Grammarly.


About The Author

Amber Adams

Amber Adams is a reformed bad bitch. After an epic meltdown shortly after college (there may have been an arrest involved...) she read "Think and Grow Rich" and decided to pivot into the Corporate world. After quitting three jobs by throwing chairs at coworkers, she was diagnosed with Manic Depression and is now living a happy and healthy life sitting on chairs instead of throwing them. She is a self-help junkie who uses humor to cope with her three drastically different sisters, her girlfriend and life in general. Amber is still definitely from an Auto City, but she also backpacked Thailand for a month once - so she has an enlightened vibe about her. But maybe that's just the meds.

1 Comment

  1. Laurel Leaside

    I have read like a million articles on this book! I guess I have applied some of the basic tenants, trying to evaluate the objects I own from the perspective of how much joy they bring. Think its time I get a copy and actually read it. Take myself to the next level before my clutter takes me out;)

    Reply

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *