Book Club – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This month the Maniac book club was busying reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It seemed like everywhere we went, we heard people chatting about Tidying Up and Sparking Joy, so naturally we decided that we simply must read this book.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a small book, but packs a big punch. It is centered around the Japanese style of de-cluttering and has a minimalist take on the organizing process. Also, Marie Kondo doesn’t mess around. She is one tough critic on clutter and has strong opinions on how to deal with it. Like any organizing book, there were parts of it that members of the Organizing Maniacs team enjoyed, and parts we felt did not fit the needs of our clients.
Kondo encourages people to get rid of items that do not spark joy in their owners when they are around them. While Kondo is tougher than we might be, we founds ourselves agreeing with the idea that items in our homes should be there because they add value to our lives. Whether it’s functional, aesthetic, or sentimental, making space for the items that truly matter to us is an important part of organizing one’s home.
Tidying Up takes a firm stance on clutter – get rid of it. The trouble is, Kondo’s method does not leave a whole lot of room for us to decide for ourselves what clutter is. Kondo has a lot of rules for her clients to live by, and little room for modification. For example, she is absolutely against piggy banks and bundling socks together. But as a person living with three children, I find that our piggy banks spark joy, even if we don’t know what we will do with the change (and occasional button) they collect. And unbundled socks? I already lose at least 4 socks to the dryer each laundry load – I need those suckers stuck together when they enter the kids’ drawers. Having an uncluttered home and good systems can be a big part of a family’s happiness, but throughout the book I found myself wondering how much of our lives are we willing to give up to achieve someone else’s ideal state of Tidy?
Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? What are your thoughts?