Summer Reading – The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
A short book with a bold claim, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” promises to “Transform your home into a permanently tidy, clutter-free space and be amazed at how your whole life changes.”
I gave this book a read a couple of summers ago and – to my complete surprise – ended up turning my room inside out and getting rid of half of my belongings.
Two years on, I’ve noticed my shopping habits have drastically changed for the better and, whilst I wouldn’t use the words “permanently tidy”, my room seems to have stayed in pretty good shape!
So, if you’ve got some time on your hands this summer, and a room in need of a clear out, read on for my review!
** Despite being brought to mainstream attention by its Netflix series, this book was already a well-established best-seller, and Marie Kondo somewhat of a local hero in Japan! I didn’t particularly enjoy the Netflix series (admittedly, giving it up after half an episode!) so would strongly encourage anyone not to judge the book by the series! **
This book is a practical guide to decluttering and reorganising your living space.
Why I Picked it up
As a bit of a sceptic, I was dubious when I heard about this book, however, after some of my favourite Youtuber’s (MuchelleB, Matt D’avella and Lavendaire for anyone interested!) recommending it time and time again, I decided to give it a go.
I would never categorise myself as someone who was very messy but, like most people, I definitely owned clothes I didn’t wear, bags I didn’t use, books I had read once and would never read again… You get it.
In an aim to reduce the clutter in my life, I picked up this book. I certainly had no sky-high expectations, just the view that I had nothing to lose and that I might just get rid of a few things along the way!
What I Didn’t Like So Much…
Is this book a little extreme? Perhaps!
For most of us it is probably a little difficult to relate to the author (a professional tidying consultant!). In rather meticulous detail, Kondo teaches us everything we need to know about how to declutter… everything! And, therefore, all the tips may not be of immediate and utmost importance to daily life.
Moreover, there’s somewhat of a spiritual layer to this book that may not necessarily resonate with every reader.
However, there is a lot of value to be found on these pages! It’s completely up to you how much you take to heart and how much of the advice you implement!
What I Liked About It
At its core, this book is a practical guide. It’s an easy-to-read, step-by-step on decluttering and reorganising and, in my opinion, a fantastic read in the age of fast-fashion and materialism.
Who I’d recommend it to:
As with most things, this isn’t a book that should read just because someone on the internet said it worked for them! The only way this book “works” is if you are willing to and have the time to take action on it.
So, if you are ready to act, this book is for you!