The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Tidying Up is what my granma called cleaning up the house. I can’t honestly say that the mental picture of “tidying up” can be applied to my house but I am working towards it.
This book takes a different approach to taming the clutter and overwhelming task of taking control of your home. The author’s mindset is that it is easier in the long run to basically cut back and get rid of everything that you don’t love and use in one swift motion.
I have tried so many systems over the years and still seem to end up back to the point where I look around and say ENOUGH or UNCLE! Of course years ago my excuse was that there were 11 people living in our home and there was no way to keep everything organized. Then it was the grandchildren and their toys, followed by I worked from home and my office took over the main dining room and basement areas.
Notice a pattern? Yeah, me too. We just have too much stuff is the real truth. I am currently on a purge campaign at home and anything that isn’t really loved (as in used almost daily) runs the risk of being booted out the door. My current goal is 50% of everything in each room. Some rooms have been easy but others…well…let’s just say I am working on it.
I did enjoy this book and can see the point and reasoning in going all in for a short time in order to reap the long term results desired.
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results.
If you struggle to master the clutter monster at your house, this book is a good source of encouragement to get started.