The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Review
This year we are moving into a smaller house. We are “right-sizing” as we are calling it. We currently live in a home that is larger than we need. Now, this is a real blessing, I know. A first-world problem, if you will. Though it has been an incredibly difficult decision (because I loooooove our home), it is the right thing to do.
Part of right-sizing includes de-cluttering, cleaning out. Enter “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” written by Marie Kondo, a Japanese personal tidying expert (she doesn’t like to call herself an “organizer”). She caught my attention a) because her book is everywhere and b) with her radical approach and phenomenal success rate. She claims that her relapse rate among clients she’s personally helped is zero. Literally zero.
Ms. Kondo’s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not “spark joy,” after thanking the objects that are getting ...