Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano (Translator)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
This book is filled with wit and wisdom. The wit is the fact that the author truly believes that inanimate objects respond to our emotions and have feelings of their own. She believes that we should greet our home, thank inanimate objects for the work that they do for us and treat them well so that they can rest and relax when they are off duty. So, we should never ball up our socks because how can they relax in the drawer if we do that? And, we should empty our purses daily so they can rest and be ready for work the next day. The wisdom in this book includes that the things that we "really like do not change over time", and "putting our house in order" can help us discover these things. Also, every time I read any book on decluttering, I get rid of stuff and this book is no exception. The author says to get rid of anything that does not fill us with joy, which is over reaching things a bit because socks do not spark joy whether I ball them up or not. I think that despite the concept of inanimate objects having feelings, the author does bring up some good points that do touch many people and help them to get rid of clutter and tidy their homes.

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