You, guys! I almost never blog about books, but I loved this so much that I just had to share The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Like most books I read, I heard about this one through my friend Elise. (Haha—seriously, Elise, I am trying to think of a book I've read in the last few years that wasn't on your recommendation!) I picked it up before a weeklong family vacation in hopes that it would inspire me to declutter my home before moving.
It's so annoying to me when I spend time (and money!) moving things to our next space only to donate them because they don't have a place. This time, since our move is more substantial (bigger home and moving to a new state), I felt it was more important than ever to detox our belongings before we start boxing everything up.
I plowed through this book on family vacation (I think it only took me three-ish days to read), and it definitely inspired me to go home and start cleaning out our belongings, with a new perspective.
Here's my basic review—
-I love how this author has a fresh perspective! We've all heard the cleaning rules such as, "If you haven't worn it for a year, it's time to let go." I have tried for years to minimize my belongings based on rules like that and I have made some progress, but for some reason, this book inspired me to come home and clean out my (already recently cleaned out) closet, and I was finally able to cut my clothing in half. There were so many things that I was holding onto for various reasons that Marie Kondo's "does it spark joy?" motto inspired me to let go of.
For me, her method works. No doubt about it.
-OK, so if you pick this book up after reading my recommendation (you totally should!), there are a couple things I want to warn you about. One is that the book starts slow. I wasn't into it until around page 30 and then it really picked up for me. The other thing is that there are parts of it that are too extreme for me (and I'm assuming would be too extreme for a lot of people). For example, Kondo strongly recommends that you empty out your purse and put everything away in its designated place at the end of each day (…"& for that reason I'm out"). Also, there are some parts that encourage talking to your belongings and your home…eek! A bit too much for me.
With that said, I still got SO much out of the book and her methods. If you struggle to detox your home, I highly recommend this book. It was an easy, fast read and inspired me to clean RIGHT AWAY. 🙂
Grab the book here—The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
I'm off to tidy up…haha! Happy weekend -Elsie