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

I really thoroughly loved this book. I’ve always been interested in minimalism – trying to stop material goods being the things that bring us happiness, and not owning more than we need – and picked this book up after hearing a few people around me enjoy it. I was hoping it would give me a few tips on how to lead a more clutter-free existence, and while it accomplished that, it also did so much more.

The thing that most stuck me about this book was the immense respect that the author, shows to all possessions. She understands that this is an emotional process, and her ideas are not about guilt. She isn’t saying “You’re a fool for allowing all of this garbage into your life! Get rid of it all at once!” Instead she’s saying “All of these things came into your life for a reason, take your time considering them, and then thank them and let them go onto the next stage of existence.” It’s all so kind and loving and made me not feel guilty or fear the process.

I also really liked the structure of this book. It has a solid introduction, a clear process, a section of tips, and then a conclusion. It’s very straightforward and doesn’t feel complex or gimmicky. It all feels like common sense. It also had key points in bold which helped in figuring out the main thesis of different sections.

Thank you, Marie, for sharing what you’ve learned, I’m very excited to start my journey of only surrounding myself with things that I love and bring me joy

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