Thursday, July 16, 2015

Life-Changing and Tidying and Magic and What Not

Are you on this bandwagon yet?

Yep, I bought it.  Notice the lack of capital letters. 

I stumbled upon the book "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by marie kondo*, totally by accident one day at the library and was intrigued enough to check it out.  I liked it immediately, because I relate to my home and my things in much the same way she does, which made me think that this might actually work for me.  I mean, who doesn't want LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC???

If you've decided to give this method a try, let me offer you a few hints about how not to feel defeated by the process:

  1. This book was originally written for readers in Japan, who generally live in smaller houses than Americans do, and who generally have less stuff than we do.  So when Kondo wrote, "put all the clothes in a pile in the middle of the floor", she didn't expect readers who would have several closets and attics and boxes and and dressers full of the clothing of just one person.
  2. She anthropomorphises the objects in the home, which makes some readers uncomfortable.  You don't have to buy into that in order to follow her method.  Just overlook it the way you would if a young child did it, and move on.
  3. She recommends doing the job once and thoroughly, but that does not indicate speed.  She says somewhere in the book that it could take months to do the whole house.  (I tried to find the page number for you, but I got distracted by noticing how much I still have to accomplish).

Is it worth the effort?  For our family, the answer is most definitely YES.  Ella in particular has found great value in the process.  Since finishing her room several months ago she continues to remark that it is easy and pleasant to be able to enjoy all her things and still be able to restore her room to order without help and without much effort.


*That is my Amazon affiliate link, which sounds a lot more impressive than it is.  Essentially, if you buy the book using that link, I get enough money for a cup of coffee, but not enough for a whole pot of it.  :)

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