The most important thing everyone needs to know is that the only thing that should measure your worth as a person is how you treat other living beings. I start with this because too often the failure to keep one’s house perfectly clean and minimally decorated is used as a whip – by ourselves and others. I don’t care how you keep your house. I care that you treat yourself and others with respect and compassion. Second, Marie Kondo is amazing and you should read […]
As with so many other things, I’m reviewing a thing long after it got popular, and yet this time, at least, I’m managing to be at least a little bit on-trend, so go me?
So. KonMari. I think most of us are at least passingly familiar with it, since the word is a verb now, as in “I KonMari’d so thoroughly last weekend, I donated my husband to Goodwill.” I have some thoughts. The first is that the basic philosophy behind the method – don’t keep anything in your home that doesn’t spark joy – is slightly flawed but extremely useful. She touches on it many times, but I still found the “rules” a little murky on things that […]
I was vaguely aware that The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up was trendy a few years ago, but it wasn’t until author Marie Kondo guested on The Tim Ferriss Show that I became interested in “the KonMari method” detailed in the book. For the uninitiated, the KonMari method is Marie Kondo’s tidying and home organization system. A dedicated organizer for her entire life, Kondo developed what I would call a philosophy of things that transcends storage systems or practical tips for organization or storage. […]
Having too many possessions is an odd problem to have. Though, going by the abundance of storage facilities, it’s not particularly uncommon. Anyone who has been homeless, faced poverty, or even just moved a lot can be wary of having too much. I fit all those categories, so, here I am, a home-owner approaching 40, worrying about having accumulated far too much stuff. So I hoped this book would impart me with a magical spell to undo it and get me back to the self who could fit […]