Author: Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: I liked the basic idea, but the details didn’t work for me and sometimes seemed pretty crazy.
Marie Kondo is a professional cleaning consultant now, but she’s been interested in cleaning and organizing since she was very young. In this book, she shares her the method she’s developed for organizing based on years of trying different things. She also shares the emotional connection she feels with her home and the objects she owns.
Initially, I was really excited about this book. I think the author’s main suggestions of organizing by category and keeping only those things that make you feel joy is great. Organizing by category seems like it would simplify decisions about what to keep. It would also make sure you don’t accidentally have duplicate items. Keeping only the things that make you happy seems like a good way to build a happy life and also seems straightforward. I’m still excited to try this out and I may update you with how it goes!
These two pillars of the author’s organizing strategy were a fairly small part of the book. After reading them, I was hoping her specific advice for discarding things from different categories and then organizing them would resonate with me as well. Unfortunately, there was next to nothing else I could see myself implementing. The bits where she suggested talking to your clothes or recommended actions based on personifying your objects seemed crazy to me. Other bits were just things I knew wouldn’t work in my life. At the beginning, I thought I might run out and buy a copy at the book, but at the end, it turned out that only a very few notes were enough to capture all the information I wanted to keep.