Random Thoughts on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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!

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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? 

15 comments:

  1. I keep hearing about this book and a co-worker even lent it to me. I WILL read it but I fear I am not going to really internalize any lessons. Especially emptying my purse daily??? Yeah that...I will aim for every few months. Maybe.

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    1. I have to clean out my purse before I go on vacation. I can't remember the last time I did that. There will be some very old gum and candy in it, I'm sure.

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  2. "I WILL read all those books, Marie!" LOL

    I haven't finished this process yet. I'm still stuck in Miscellaneous. I'm all in though-my come to Jesus moment was when I was going through my papers. There was SO MUCH of it, and 90% of it was completely pointless, and it was EVERYWHERE. I had no idea I had that much paper just sitting around.

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    1. Ugh, papers! That is next on my list (I've been skipping around a bit, I admit). This will require my husband's help, so I have to find the right moment.

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  3. You're supposed to empty your purse every night? That's not going to happen around here either.

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    1. The emptying the purse thing seems to be where she loses a lot of people.

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  4. I still haven't read my copy. Lordy, lordy. I love to organize but after cleaning and prepping for the party we had this past weekend, I realized that I own too much crap! Seriously. It's organized somewhat but it's just too much. No one needs that amount of stuff. I want to go through all of it and throw it out.

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    1. Too much crap is exactly the problem. It's all hidden away so I don't think about it until I go looking for something. It has to go.

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  5. Ha! I definitely need this book in my life.. Like you, though, I don't think I'll be following everything. I'm just not naturally a tidy person and there are many many more things about myself that I want to improve before I try to become one. But as you say, sometimes you just end up with wayyyy too much stuff and some of it has to go!

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    1. Where does it even come from? Junk just multiples.

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  6. I am guessing I will probably be with you on most of these things .... but am still in the library queue for the book:-)

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    1. I borrowed it from the library too. Marie would be happy I didn't keep it. :)

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  7. I read this recently, and then went through my clothes and it was a revelation. My drawers and closet are so pretty! The folding thing is the beeeest. I also listened to this as an audiobook, "soothing" is right.

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    1. I do like the folding thing. I think her voice was just right- lulling us into thinking we can do it. ;)

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  8. I loved this book. Some of it was admittedly nutty, but I don't mind changing my purse every night because it means I cycle through them all more frequently. The folding technique is awesome. I just like what she has to say about having your possessions make you happy. Life is too short to stick with a regular stapler.

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