A Review Of The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up By Marie Kondo
By Meenakshi Sharma
The book we are reviewing today has been a New York Times Bestseller, has sold 9 million copies and is called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It is the Japanese Art of Organizing and Decluttering and is written by Marie Kondo.
Who is Marie Kondo? Marie Kondo in fact has become somewhat of a celebrity and has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. She also has a show on Netflix called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
So, what does she say? She starts by talking about “Putting Your House In Order”. She feels that the very process of tidying up which is just a simple process in which objects are moved from one place to another while putting things where they belong helps you in reorganizing your life.
She says that the work involved can be classified into two types – deciding whether or not todispose off something and then deciding where to put it. If you can do these two things, you can achieve perfection.
She gives a very interesting example of an IT Company client whose bookcase after tidying up only contained books on social welfare because the process of discarding books was such a process of self discovery for him that his IT books actually vanished.
So life truly begins when you reflect, when you have a safe and quiet space to evaluate and you decide how to get rid of the clutter in your life.
She also says that you should keep things that speak to your heart and discard all the rest. And for that she suggests that you take each item in your hand and ask yourself, “Does this Spark Joy?”
If it does, keep it! If not, dispose it off.
For this she has many techniques that she talks about and some of these techniques focus on the order in which you should declutter. For instance, she says that the order should be Clothes, Books, Paper, Miscellaneous items like your toys, kitchen utensils, CD’s etc and then your sentimental items like photos, gifts, souvenirs, diaries etc
There is a kind of method in her madness because this helps us in knowing what our possessions are and what their value is in our life. Because according to her, Having things’ provides us with a momentary feeling of comfort that takes away the fear of emptiness and loneliness
But somewhere, the clutterer becomes so addicted that the actual clutter starts maintaining the illusion of safety and comfort.
She believes that the magic of tidying up will help people experience joy and contentment when they are surrounded by the things they love.
Towards the end of the book she says something very interesting when she says The process of selecting our possessions can be quite painful. It forces us to confront our imperfections and inadequacies and some of the choices we made in the past.
But it is very important because what you own is about the kind of life you choose to live So this book teaches us a very important lesson of positivity through tidying.
When our house is a mess, it affects our minds, our creativity and our well being. So its important to deal with our physical mess to have a positive mindset