The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is a slim book about the virtues of simplifying and organizing your home. Some of this book comes off as hokey but much of the author’s information is intriguing. Rolling you socks and clothing instead of piling things on top of each other, purging by category instead of physical area and getting rid of most paper, are just a few of her many dictates. She is not without sentiment though and acknowledges we all have something dear to us we should cherish, whether it be a book, or drawing, or even a t-shirt. Marie does stress to remember we live in the present, so not to hang onto things because they have given us pleasure in the past. “Thank” the gift for the happiness it gave you then let it go. She also suggests you “thank” your house, wallet and other practical items you use each day. Her overall message is if an item doesn’t spark joy in you get rid of it! Even gifts that loved ones have given us that we don’t enjoy we need to discard.
There must be a worldwide desire to purge and organize as this book has been an international bestseller with more than 2 million copies sold. If you want to be happier, read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, put your home in order and declutter.
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