After I published my latest currently reading picture on Instagram some people asked me if I wanted to share my thoughts on the book. So here I am, jotting down all I have to say about the life changing magic of tidying by Marie Kondo. I gotta admit that I had very high expectations in this book because I saw it being hyped-up all over the internet. However, I wasn’t that impressed to be honest.
The life changing magic of tidying
Letting go of clutter is hard. Really hard. I am a rather organized person and my flat actually doesn’t look like a mess. But I still felt the need to get rid of some stuff I don’t actually need. So I bought this book thinking I’d get some tips on how to clean up and reorganize my flat and life. And so I did. All in all I really liked the concept of the KonMari de-cluttering method and I absolutely believe that it works. BUT… I also had some problems with it. To me the writing style was a little bit repetitive and wordy. That may or may not have been because of the translation, it still kinda bothered me. So let’s quickly go over the things I learned from this book:
What I liked:
– Keep what sparks joy: To me that was the most helpful advice given in this book. I think looking at every object you own and deciding whether it sparks joy or not is definitely going to help with de-cluttering. Over the time we collect so many possessions and some just sit in the shelves being totally neglected by us. Why would we keep that if it doesn’t spark joy?? Will definitely try that!
– Reduce the number of clothes you have: That’s basically the most important thing on my list. So I’ll definitely do that and follow some of Marie’s tips and tricks on how to de-clutter your wardrobe. She says that by getting rid of the clothes you don’t wear you’ll be so much happier and it will also make the “I have nothing to wear” process easier.
– Get rid of papers in the office: Kondo believes that we keep to many papers in the office which we do not actually need anymore. Having a less cluttered workspace will make your life so much easier and I do believe in that. Why the hell do I need letters from 2013? :D
What I disliked:
– Some ideas seemed too extreme: I know that we have to keep in mind that this book was written by a Japanese woman and Asian context. So it definitely differs from our European idea of well-being and home. However, I still felt like some ideas were too extreme. For example would I never be able to thank all my clothes for doing an awesome job after getting undressed.
– Store your belongings vertically: Honestly, I hate that idea! I looked at pictures on Instagram of people who did that and it just looking at them drove me nuts! That absolutely wouldn’t work for me – I’m sure of it!!
– Say goodbye to your books: Ha, good one Marie Kondo! Never ever will I get rid of my books. They’re my baby and literally the only thing I collect and want to keep. Sorry not sorry.
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Have you read the book? What did you think of it? And do you believe in the magic of tidying?
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