Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Author: Marie Kondo
Genre: Self Help
My Rating: 4 Stars

I have never been a fan of self help books. In spite of having friends that rave about books that helped them live life better, I have always stayed away from that genre. Until yesterday, that is. I've been in a major reading slump lately and I'm completely overwhelmed with a need to declutter my home completly so I decided to nurture my nesting instincts and attack my reading slump with a single solution - a book on decluttering and tidying up.

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and an author. Her book - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has topped the NY Times (self help books) best sellers list since its publication in October 2014. She has a huge fan following in the US and it hard to see any blogs on decluttering, cleaning or minimalism without at least one reference to the guru - Kondo.

And that intrigued and baffled me - just like the blog articles on cleaning and tidying up do. How hard is it to clean up your own place? Well, so I decided to read Kondo's book and see what the much hyped system of cleaning is all about - the KonMari method.

It was a really quick read and it was just what it proclaimed to be - a manual on decluttering and organizing. It was fascinating to learn about Japanese culture and their attitude towards possessions in this book. That was the positive thing for me. Kondo anthropomorphized every object - from socks to forks to clothes at the bottom of a folded pile. She thanked items for serving their purpose before discarding them and she recommends touching and feeling every single object to see if it sparks a joy in you before you make your decision to keep it or throw it.

Kondo starts at the very beginning and talks you through the process of analyzing your stuff. She gives you a strategy and tells you why some other "popular" decluttering methods are not sustainable in the long run.

The KonMari method is simple, straightforward and easy to follow. She walks you through the steps of completely decluttering your home starting with clothes, followed by books and papers and 'komono' (miscellaneous items). At the very end, she deals with the most difficult of them all - the sentimental items. The book is definitely inspiring and makes you reevaluate your possessions in a new light. Personally, I would have liked it if she had elaborated more on the Komono section.

I have read so many testimonials where people swear by this book and can't stop gushing over how their life changed overnight after reading this book and following the KonMari principles. For more of that, you can see the 700+ 5 star reviews for this book on Amazon.

It's a quick interesting read and it might work for you! Give it a shot.