Published by Ten Speed Press on 2014 (first published 2010)
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
That blog post title is a complete lie, fyi.
But I’ll get into that later. Also, this is not a review, I repeat, this is not a review… per se. Also (saying this in retrospect) this post turned out longer than I thought, but stick with me!
Now, not too long ago I bought Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, with the idea that I really own too much stuff and that a good, thorough tidying would be a good idea. Ever since I got my own place I seem to have no problem filling it up with stuff, and it was beginning to bother me. Kondo is a hyped tidying guru, and ‘KonMari’ the way to go it seems, and I wanted to know what all the fuss is about.
Let me get started by saying the book is really easy to read. A bit repetitive here and there, but a good read on the whole.
First, Kondo got me thinking. She insists you have to think of a reason to tidy up, and “I want a tidy house” is not a good enough reason. I soon realised I do have a few good reasons I want to live clutter-free. For one, I’m just too young to be stuck with this much stuff. Also, I would like to live in a house that will allow me to relax, instead of being all overstimulated by all the things that are in it. I want my house to be a place where I can study and develop new skills. And, last but not least, I want my house to inspire me not to buy so much… stuff. Now, it’s not that my house is a bad place right now, exactly… but it could use some improvement.
So I set out, and started tidying my clothes. Sorting out your clothes is what Kondo actually insists you should do first. I actually tidied and sorted all my clothes about a year ago, but I was nowhere near as thorough as Kondo says you should be. And as a result I still had a lot of clothes that I didn’t wear and, here it goes, that didn’t spark joy. Yes, Kondo tells you your belongings should spark joy and if they don’t, get rid of them. Wow. Well, anyway, I followed her method and as a result I have 10 bags of clothes in total to get rid of and no clothes left to speak of. I am of course just kidding, I have enough left to get by comfortably, and I love every piece I’ve got left. So KonMari worked.
Next up, and what I really set out to tell you about: my books. I was really looking forward to this part, to be honest! Lately I have been pruning books here and there, and I’ve been careful with what I buy (no longer buying indiscriminately). But still my shelves were overflowing and I knew there were a lot of books that I didn’t really care for any longer. Curious about the result of my tidying? …