“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.”Marie Kondo , The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up
The life-changing magic of Tidying up: The Japanese art of Decluttering and organizing.
Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and author with a hit Netflix Show named Tidying up with Marie Kondo. Her book, The life changing magic of tidying up was a great success selling over 9 millions copies worldwide and quickly becoming a #1 New York Times Best Seller. In short Marie is an international entrepreneur, a Netflix star, a top-selling author. As if that’s not plenty on her plate, Marie is also a mother of 2 that encourages readers to get the kids involved in tidying up (will have to see about that one). If I added the word “meditation expert” to her already impressive list, after reading this book, or even seeing her show, you’d believe me. Her book reads like a quotable philosophy book, it’s not only about tidying up your space it’s about transforming your life. Marie kondo speaks about tidying and how it often changes how you think and how you see your life. She does so in a very optimistic way that will convince even the messiest among us that we have what it takes to make radical changes, you’re not a lost cause!
Anyone that occupies their own space can benefit from this book. Special bonus for people like me that keep everything (just in case).
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”Marie Kondo , The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up
What’s it about?
The book is mostly about joy, which is strange because it’s about tidying up. Marie Kondo describes tidying up and decluttering your space as a form of enlightenment. Through the Konmari method, which she details in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up states that we could all improve our level of joy and clarity tremendously.
“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
3 key takeaways
1. Change your mess, change your life: The book emphasizes increased clarity that comes with a tidy space. Many of us have hidden messes as well in a miscellaneous cupboard for example. No space is safe, even the way you put things in drawers gets organized! Your house will quickly become a space where you can relax and clear your head, you just have to change the way that you think about mess. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up seems to view messes as a crutch for something else, therefore organization becomes a form of liberation,
2. You’re not getting rid of the memories, it’s just things: Ah yes, the sentimental values of the things we keep makes decluttering a tad more complicated for some. Lost loved ones cause us to grieve in interesting ways, and often, we keep things we will never use out of respect for those that are no longer with us. Marie Kondo touches on the emotional and spiritual part of decluttering as well. She has readers thank items before donating them, this changes the way they think of memories, and their loved ones.
3. Less really is more: We don’t need more things, despite what the insatiatiability that capitalism spreads like wildfire, in reality, we don’t need much! Liberating ourselves from the need to collect endless things is much easier to do when you realize how much you already have. The Konmari method is unorthodox but effective because it showcases just how much stuff you have very quickly. Realizing how much clothing one has will make it difficult to continue to buy clothing on a weekly basis for example.
The way in which this book reads truly leads you to believe that your goal of living a minimalist life is an achievable one.
When you have young kids, and when you’re a new mom getting rid of clothing gets more complicated. What if it sparks joy but doesn’t fit right now? This scenario, among other unique ones doesn’t get covered.
Cop it or drop it?
Watch the Netflix special, if you like that, cop it. The book exceeds the show by leaps and bounds. I found it comprehensive and easily applicable to my life.