Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
I moved in… well, a little while ago now, and enjoyed the initial calm of blank walls while belongings remained in boxes. I had intended to sort my things as I packed to move, but I just couldn’t. Were it not for the help of friends, it would not have happened. Then a friend gave me this book.
Kondo’s principles seem to be: do all the sorting in one marathon; collect everything of one category together in one place; keep only what sparks joy in you (thus surrounding yourself with things that make you happy); decide the home for each item; acknowledge when something has pleased you in the past, but you no longer want it; everything else can be given or thrown away. Kondo recommends an order for categories to sort, starting with clothes; but since mine were already in the wardrobe whilst the books were still in boxes, I started on the books.
I was apprehensive; I didn’t want to find that I was left with only lightweight stories, and discover I wasn’t interested in more “serious” literature. However, I’m quite pleased with the balance of what is left. And I feel a second wave of sorting is to come. There is something liberating about clearing out in this way.
Kondo claims that people often discover what they really like, what they really want to do, when they do a thorough, honest sort-out. I can believe it. I’m nervous about attacking the rest, but looking forward to it. Maybe it’ll even help me to make the most of my fleeting sojourn on this planet.