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I just wanted to let you know that I recently finished Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” a few weeks ago and have been putting her advice to practice since. I have always hailed myself as highly organized until I read this book. The author put my organizational skills to shame. This is my hands-on Marie Kondo book review and how it has changed my life.
First, let me say that the book is an easy read. The minute I began reading it, I was hooked. Honestly, I read it so quickly because I couldn’t wait to start organizing. I wanted to see if it was true that her methods would change my life.
So, without giving too much away, you can expect that you will have to do some purging. In my house, I am forever purging my stuff but it turns out that I have been doing it wrong. Yes, there is a method for doing it right. Once you purge, Ms. Kondo then shows you how to properly tidy what is left of your items. Again, I didn’t think I needed advice on this but I was so wrong.
Now I wish I can say that I followed her book to a tee but there were some things I did not follow just because I felt my method made a little more sense to me.
Now for the life-changing part. The author talks about all the different ways tidying up will help change your life and I have to say that I have seen some of these changes take place in my own home. This includes the money I have saved. When I went through the purging stage I found so many clothes that I had purchased “on clearance” and never wore. Because most of it was from Kohls, I had no trouble returning these items. I ended up with $88.97.Let others know how I put Marie Kondo's method to use and how it changed my life by clicking here to click.Click To Tweet
Not only did I save, but I learned something about myself. I learned that I was purchasing things because they were bargains and not because I really wanted them. So now I have started to become more aware of my purchases. When I was completely done with the purging of my clothing, I had bags and bags of stuff that I ended up donating to charity.
Ms. Kondo hails from Japan so there was some aspects of her book that I could not identify with such as the apparent hoarding of “lecture materials” by her countrymen. From what I read, I suspect that she may not be married or have children only because any reference to their roles in tidying was limited to examples from her clients. I was left wanting more on how I can best tidy my children’s rooms. I also wished she had expounded on other household items like linens. Another complaint I have is that she didn’t provide any photos or pictures showing how to implement some of her methods. I found myself rereading passages and hoped that I was doing it right.
Despite the above criticisms I have of this book, they are minor. The benefits I received from tidying most certainly outshined my complaints. I still highly recommend this book even to those who claim to be avid organizers. My sister who purchased this book recently informed that Ms. Kondo has another book out that does enhance this book by providing pictures on how to tackle her tidying method called “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.”
Since writing this post, I have put Kondo’s method to use around my home. Click here to read how I Kon-Mari’d and organized my small bathroom. Click here to read how I Kon-Mari’d and organized my linen closet.
So readers, I hope you enjoyed the hands-on Marie Kondo book review. If organizing and starting afresh this new year is on your resolution’s list, let my say that this book would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone, clean freak or not.
If you’ve read the book please feel free to leave your thoughts about Marie Kondo’s book in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.
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