The Monday Book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

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This week’s blog by guest Willie Dalton, author of Three Witches in a Small Town.

I had been putting it off for months. I’d seen the book advertised in countless places and endorsed by many celebrities. “You have to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up!”

I thought it sounded interesting and no doubt I could definitely use some decluttering in my life . But  I’d read all the blogs, all the tips, and liked all the Facebook pages about minimizing and none of the advice had ever had a lasting impression. Could this book be that different?  Finally, I caved and bought the book.

To my surprise it is very different from all of the other advice out there. The author’s method is from a lifetime of observing and studying habits and patterns to get it down to a step by step system of what works and what can be maintained. You begin with things of less sentimental value and end with the items that are hardest to sort.  She claims if you do it exactly as she says you will NEVER have to do it again. Sounds good to me!

This method “the KonMari” way of decluttering is also becoming known as the “joy method.” You hold each item and ask yourself if it brings you joy, if it does, you keep it and if not you get rid of it. She emphasizes most people believe items bring them joy just because they did at one time, but if that time has passed you thank it for the joy it brought to you and release it. It might sound silly to thank an inanimate object but I have to admit it made it a little easier for me to say goodbye to some ratty old t-shirts that I once adored.

The goal isn’t to get rid of as much as possible but to focus on surrounding ourselves with things that bring us joy and happiness. She says if we are truly honest about the things that delight us and let go of all the extra “stuff” our homes automatically become more manageable and less cluttered. Of course we all have things that need to be saved for other purposes that don’t bring us anything resembling joy and she has a method for managing that as well.

I’m only getting started in the sorting process but so far I’ve already discarded three full garbage bags of shirts. I have very high expectations of becoming the organized person I’ve always wanted to be now that I have a true system to follow.  But you might want to check back with me in a year….

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4 responses to “The Monday Book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

  1. Janice Brooks-Headrick

    Loved this! I am in process of downsizing. Last night, opened the drawer of “Jan’s archives” I’d began the search for a story I wrote and got published. I needed hard copy. I found it, finally. BUT I also found notes and clippings from people long gone. Last night, watched “hoarders” so I know what NOT to do. Except for books. I can’t throw out a book that is still readable. I hate catlogging. Any sugestionsns?

  2. priscillaking

    I like this approach! I’m not into downsizing or bare-looking homes, by any stretch; I like more space for more collections. if I discard something from any of my “collections” and it’s not well and truly worn out, I’m likely to replace it. I have lots of clothes, lots of books, lots of music, lots of yarn, and wouldn’t mind having even more. If, however, I go through a collection for its annual dusting-off-and-organizing with someone else (present or in mind), I *am* likely to find items that might give someone else more joy than they give me.

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