Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Review

Are you constantly wishing your home was cleaner and more organized? Do you struggle to keep things tidy once you do get your house organized? I feel like this all the time! I would get so discouraged by my lack of organizational skills and my house would stay in a state of disarray. When I saw The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as a choice for a book I could review, I was so excited. I just moved and knew it would be the perfect time to get my new house in order. Let me just say, I loved this book! The KonMari method really does work and it's so simple! The book itself is a very quick read and you learn so much! I had a few favorite take aways:
-ask yourself "Does this spark joy?" for every item you pick up. It was a really freeing question for me and enabled me to give away or throw away bags of clothes, papers, toys, and other household items.
- Tackle your house all at once. Don't take things slowly, but rather pull out all of your clothes at one time, papers, etc and go through each item. It seems overwhelming, but it was actually really empowering.

It was interesting reading a book about organization from another culture's perspective. Some parts made it neat to learn about new ways to organize, but some parts such as the size of Japenese closets did not translate very well into American standards. So, for things that's didn't quite translate I just took what I could from those points and moved on.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to make a change in their home life. It's an encouraging and informative read!