Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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When I got this book I was super excited to read it: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and read it not once, but read it twice. I talked about it to other people, and wrote a review on Goodreads, and passed my copy on to my mother.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Recommend: YesWhy/Why Not? Easy and quick read; positive energy, albeit not always realistic

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

I found this book to be amazing simple tips to really change the way people feel about minimalism.

However, since the author lives alone, seemingly only has herself and no animals in her home, she makes broad sweeping generalizations about how real married people, with children, animals, and erratic schedules, should live their lives. For a single person and living alone, I can remember being able to make my own schedule and worry about only what I wanted to do, crafting my time and energy around only those things. The reality of living with a houseful of people is quite different.

My biggest takeaway from this book is the idea of letting go of the past, letting go of the memories of objects. Thanking the items for coming into your life and into your home, even if you’ve only had it for a short time {impulse purchase} or never really liked it, as each item helps you refine the things you want in your life. The idea of going through the whole process in “one go” is appealing in that you’d, in theory, never have to do it again.

For myself, I find that I have the time and energy to go through a couple of big rounds, then need a rest – emotionally and physically. I don’t want to have to keep doing this my whole life, but much like washing dishes or clothes, bathing, and other repetitive chores, it’s a process. The process of letting few items in, and letting go of many items, is a recurrent theme in this book. Streamlining your own take on the process to declutter, minimalism, or to live more simply is taking the first step.

The section that discussed giving your cast off items to friends or family really hit home. Sometimes we don’t want to get rid of things other people have received, but ultimately it’s necessary to do in order to move on with your life and have space to live your life more freely. For instance, in my own life, my boys have clothes and toys that I couldn’t bear to part with. It reminded me of when they were small. However, I have the memories — but more importantly, I have images of all of these items. I don’t need the physicality of the items themselves. So I’ve been donating and consigning to allow myself the physical space in my home to welcome in this new stage in our lives as a family.

Get rid of one thing you’ve never in your heart loved, but takes up a lot of real estate. It makes all the difference.



What did you think of this book?

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    1. Good luck! I’m finding that the daily reminding, do I need to put this away or do I need to just thank it and move it out of my home. It’s funny how many *things* I had held onto because I forgot they were there. Until I moved everything out for our floor refinishing {forcing function, move everything out}, I found I didn’t need, or want, to move it all back in. Marie Kondo says to go through your house all at once, but for me and my schedule/life, it’s a bit much. However, our home is SO much lighter having halved what we had in our home in this last go-through. Doing a little everyday, much like any habit, is much easier for me to maintain. Good luck in your efforts!


      1. LOL!! I put everything into my storage building and now my storage building needs to be cleaned out. Which means I have a lot of things to get rid of because there isn’t room for it all! Ugh, I hate to do that.

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