Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 

The first book I read of 2016 has been the book that has been talked about non-stop  for the last year – Marie Kondo’s ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’.

First I should say, I’m on vacation. This is probably book better read on a quiet weekend at home. While I enjoyed it, naturally you want to implement straight away – which just isn’t going to happen while vacationing.

Second, I was pre-prepared for the nature of the book from the ten billion reviews of this quirky guide online. I knew it talked about odd things like thanking your socks. That’s fine.

Third, I’m an impatient reader.
With these things in mind, my response to the book was that it was fine, but there was far too much filler to allow it to be good.

The ‘KonMari’ concepts are great. I love ditch (or declutter) first, store second. I love the simplicity of the questions you ask of yourself in the throes of decluttering. But I got bored reading them on repeat through a lot of mindless other observances. These detracted from the message: create a home containing only those things that will spark joy, and your life will more easily fall into place.

The practical tips were great. I liked the folding method. I loved the specific examples of whacky items that irrefutably satisfied the ‘does it spark joy?’ test, despite being inexplicable to an outside observer.

However, there was so much repetitive crap around the outside to wade through that I found it hard to engage with the core message. That’s been better clarified by reading the one trillion articles that more clearly define the message.

My general position is to just read those articles. But perhaps you miss the full experience of the KonMari method if you don’t take the two hours to just engulf the book.

In the end, the repetition and some of the weirder aspects such as thanking your bag each day when you unpack it don’t hurt anyone, and it’s up to you to find your personal spin on KonMari. There’s no dictation. I definitely intend on implementing a few aspects into my life once I return home.

Rating: 3.5/5

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