“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” – Marie Kondo
Synopsis: Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international best seller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home – and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
I never expected to be so drawn towards a tidying phenomenon. I’ve seen her around a couple of times on the internet, doing her magic thing where she folds everything. Then her Netflix show ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo’ aired and I watched it. I love watching people throw away their stuff and see the transformation of their houses, although I sometimes felt a little awkward watching her being so spiritual towards the house. After watching the show, I decided to read the book this whole world-wide craze started with.
After finishing this book, I felt like I just read a self-help book on how to change my life. It was fascinating to read how the whole process of tidying can change a person’s life, and I fully believe in that. To get your life in order, you have to have your surroundings in order.
Marie Kondo focuses a lot on the spiritual relationship with your house and your belongings. Although I’m not someone who would talk to inanimate objects like she does, I can appreciate her thought behind this. I can feel guilty when I throw away a piece of clothing I never wore, though it won’t do any good hanging in my closet for another set of time. Then I make a mental note not to buy a piece of clothing like that again, since I won’t be wearing it and it will be a waste of money, and will donate it to make someone else happy. It will be less hard to throw away belongings in that way.
Since I watched her show and read her book, I’ve been doing some tidying as well. There’s no way to read this book and not wanting to tidy up your house. Now I notice how much calmer I am in my house, having everything tidy and in a designated spot. It definitely declutters the mind and feels succesful, unlike other methods where you know you have to do it all over again soon.