The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
My wife made me read this. I would never, ever have picked this book up ever. And although I didn’t expect to like it, I found it quite readable and not even that painful, like I had anticipated.
I don’t know how to talk about this book, because it’s kind of a self help book and therefore I assume everyone should be getting something different out of it.
Please note that I a not a clean person, never have been but I recently had a baby and am spending most of my time at home with him and I was finding, for the first time in my life, that the messes around me were actually upsetting. This book came to me at the prefect time. Which is one of the things the author talks about – objects coming to you at the right time in your life.
The things I took away from this book were the idea that your objects and your house itself serve you faithfully and in return you should make sure they are treated respectfully. I’m not going as far as she did (nope, just not folding my socks or emptying my purse every day) but that philosophy kind of resonated with me (yup, I’m lucky I have this beautiful, little house and I should treat it with care and affection). She also discusses how everything has a place, everything has a home and this is also something that brings peace to my brain, going to bed knowing things are in their place. It used to just be people but maybe I could extend it to my objects too.
So I’m not going to systematically go through my whole house, hold each object and ask myself if it brings me joy but I am going to take a bit of that book with me as I move through my life, keep my house and raise my kid(s). I’m not sure I’d recommend it but I’ll say this – if you think you should read it, it might be the right time for you to read it.
But I will never agree with her philosophy on not keeping all your books. Seriously, even bad books bring joy to my life.
Last movie I watched:
The second half of my Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. I liked it. I mean, I loved the first one but I liked this.
Last TV show I watched:
Legend of Korra. Loved it, but Avatar is better