May 13, 2015 Sally Bjornsen
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THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP BY MARIE KONDO

For the record, I didn’t find this book it found me. Over the past month I have read several reviews of this book in magazines, newspapers and blogs. But it was when I overheard two women quoting the book over lunch I figured I needed to see what the fuss was all about. Marie Kondo, the author, is a professional “tidying” coach based in Japan. Her mission is to help clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. Her book is small and simple and can be read in bite size morsels or in one sitting. It is a must read for anyone who is feeling a bit overwhelmed by his or her stuff.

A few of the Highlights 

Decluttering Can Change Lives. The KonMari Method, designed to make tidying a onetime event, is promised to have lasting life changing results. Kondo recounts tales of clients whose lives transformed once they officially “decluttered,” their homes and their lives. Some have lost weight, ended toxic relationships and shifted out of unhappy careers. Phew! Who knew?

Embrace the Tidying Marathon; Eschew the Little by Little Technique. The KonMari Technique is designed to be a one shot deal — a lifestyle of tidiness that you create.

Clean by Category. Begin with categories that aren’t sentimental. She acknowledges that sentimental items are the hardest to part with but once a few of the mundane categories like socks, pajamas, and outdated cosmetics are taken care of the more difficult categories like books, pictures, cards, baby clothes easily follow.

Ask Yourself, “Does this Item Spark Joy?” When you contemplate throwing something away ask yourself, “Does this item spark joy?” It may have once brought you joy but no longer does. In this instance you thank that item for serving it’s purpose in the past and then say “Sayonara.”

Ask Yourself, “Why and I Holding On To This?” If you cannot part with an item that you no longer use or wear, or that is broken and can no longer serve a purpose, you must ask yourself the hard question…why? Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past? This deeper thinking about yourself helps you to understand your attachments. Once you can see those attachments for what they are it is easier to throw those items away.

I enjoyed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and plan to implement the techniques into my life as soon as I can make a window for my own tidying up marathon. Have you read this book? What do you find is hard to give up while decluttering?

 

— Sally

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