The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing #1
This book has been a huge hit. And also there has been a lot of (mostly racist, cultural, or sexist) criticism of it. So, of course I decided to see what’s really going on with the Konmari method.
I should start by admitting that I’ve identified as minimalist for years. Theoretically, I don’t keep a bunch of shit I don’t need around. I live in a 22-foot RV. Minimalist living on the extreme edge, to some. It’d be much harder for the magic of tidying up to revolutionize MY life than a standard maximalist consumer American life.
To me, that makes this even more interesting. So I decided to go for it.
I just finished the regular book and I’m starting the manga now. I enjoyed the book a lot, I felt like I got to know Marie Kondo. She’s quirky and cute but forceful and authoritative too. I really enjoyed her life story, because she was a weirdo kid very much like me.
When it comes to her advice, she had some really enlightening things to say. She points out with such clarity that some things we buy are just for the thrill of buying them. And actually not for much of anything else. She also points out that the people who’ve given us gifts never wanted to burden us with guilt. So leaving those things around, guiltily wishing you liked them, is no good.
I found numerous gems of wisdom in the book. And I’m excited to give the magic of tidying up a go. I’ll start following the steps soon, and the first unofficial task she assigns is to give gratitude to your home. Say thanks to your home for what it does for you. That’s where I’m starting.