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 her book, no matter your interest in decluttering. Her interest in cleaning and organizing started […]
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 don’t individually spark joy, but you will inevitably need at some point and it would […]
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. While she includes in the books practical steps, her overarching philosophy is that (1) you […]
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 everything she owned in a trunk. Instead I found a bit of a reiteration (with […]
This is my ev-e-ry-thing. I know I”m a little late to the game, as Kondo was named one of Time’s most influential people of 2015, but I have drank the kool-aid and am ALL in with her method, her process, and her book. Is thinking about “tidying” as magical make me feel a little silly? Sure. But I cannot stand clutter so this book speaks to me. Full disclosure: I’m a pretty organized person, so I get excited in general about organizing, but I think anyone could find value in this book. And everyone I know WILL find value in […]
Remember last year, when everyone you know – and everyone they know – was reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? I was one of those people. My husband and I really pared down out belongings at a serendipitous time; not a month later we received notice that we had to move, so it was much easier to pack our two-bedroom apartment up with 11 days’ notice after having taken over two carloads of belongings to Goodwill. We continue to tidy following this method, for the most part, but we’ve moved into a new house, which came with many more […]
I vacillate between a compunction to organize and an amazing ability to be a procrastinating slob. At the moment, I’m leaning more towards the compunction to organize: my condo, my life, my finances, and I thought Marie Kondo’s book might give me some tips. And so I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (2014). Organizing seems pretty straight forward to me, and began reading wondering how Kondo would have enough to fill a book. How many different ways can you tell people to get rid of what you don’t need and straighten […]