Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Random Thoughts on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
First things first: Why do I want to be more organized? (Marie Kondo asks.) After my mother-in-law died, we had to empty out her house. What a job that was. And sad. Sad for lots of reasons but also sad to think that a person’s life is reduced to piles of items no one wants. I vowed that would not be me.
Who is Marie Kondo? She is a Japanese organizing consultant. She’s very popular in Japan. She’s brought her minimalist approach to the English speaking world with her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Marie Kondo and I have differing ideas on what is “tidying up.” For me, tidying up is picking up dirty clothes off the floor, putting away the dishes, or tossing the mail in the recycling. For Marie Kondo, it’s going through your whole house and throwing out everything that doesn’t “bring you joy.”
Lots of things do not bring me joy, but are necessities for living.
I WILL read all those books, Marie!
Listening to this on audio will immediately make you want to clean out a closet. Which she says not to do!
Okay, the clothes folding system is good. Not sure if I can keep in up, but it looks pretty.
We do have off season clothes in Canada. No one is wearing shorts in February (unless you’re going south).
My socks are not tired and sad, but yes I believe balling them up will destroy the elastic.
My closet is gorgeous now!
I cannot anthropomorphize my stuff. It is not my personality. In fact, some of the “magic” parts of Kondo’s book are not my jam.
I am not emptying my purse every night. Nobody got time for that.
Miscellaneous is a pretty broad category.
This process is going to take me months.
My husband is not as into KonMari (what she calls her process) as I am.
Marie Kondo looks like a sweet lady, but her fans scare me. They are intense! Do not criticize the Kondo on Goodreads. Do so at your peril!
The narrator Emily Woo Zeller has a soothing voice, but I kept drifting off. I think I missed some tips.
Like religion, I'm going to pick and choose what to follow when it comes to KonMari. Some of it seems like a good idea, and some of it is not for me.
Have you read The Magic of Tidying Up? What did you think? Did it change your life?