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My thoughts on ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up’

The life-changing magic of tidying by Marie Kondo up is a book that is really popular in the minimalist community. So many people have found inspiration in it and have applied the Marie Kondo methods with positive results. All of this made so excited to read the book and I had my expectations dangerously high. Here are my thoughts after reading it.

I will start with what I liked about this book. Marie makes you reconsider the things you own. She makes you ask the tough question: do I really need this item? Or in Marie Kondo terms: ‘does this item spark joy?’ If the answer is no, you discard of it. She talks about the benefits of only having the items you really need and like.

The life-changing magic of tidying up also has an interesting chapter about how to fold your clothes in order to save space and have everything more easily accessible.

Marie seems to follow the belief that items have a soul and feelings. She says that when you discard of an item, you have to thank it for its services. She recommends texting your old phone to thank it and say goodbye to it before you start using a new one. She says that you have to take all of the items out of your purse at nighttime, because otherwise they cannot rest. How would you feel if you were stuck in someones purse all day and night?

I understand that the believe that items have a soul makes you respect them more and treat them better, but for me the whole thing just put me off of the book. Even though I liked the subject, it just wasn’t for me at all and I couldn’t get much out of it.

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