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Click to read more. Register for this site! Sign up now for the good stuff. Select a Username Enter your email address. I haven't been thrown into such a fucking frenzy of hatred since The Book Thief , and as with The Book Thief, I'm astounded that audiences en masse are embracing such codswollop. I'm baffled as to why this is a bestseller. My best guess is that Marie Kondo targeted the most materialistic generation in the history of humanity, and they've since passed the book on to their equally superficial, spiritually empty, and stuff-obsessed grandchildren, who have made the fucking thing go viral.
At this point, we should just accept the fact that when our fellow countrymen gobble up 4 million copies of a book, it's garbage. Stupid just hit a whole new level. But before I go tearing the book and its semi-literate fans to pieces, let's be fair: I'm not the intended audience. Other than the fact that I'm an unduly harsh critic of everything I read I like to call that using my brain, but whatever , I already live minimally: I live in one of the rainiest cities in the country, but I will never buy an umbrella; except for 4 absolute favorites, all of my books are in the Cloud; knick-knacks make make me want to smack someone, the mismatched mess of an "eclectic" decorating style nauseates me, and I never buy anything unless I need it or love it.
My house is almost always immaculate, and I don't do clutter. Excess "stuff" stresses me out to no end. As I read Kondo's book, I realized that I'm not the typical American drowning in an excess of useless crap. Living in Europe and trading continents 4 times in your 20s can do that to a person. So why wasn't I nodding in agreement with her guide to decluttering? You mean it's not obvious? There's no such thing as the "KonMari method for tidying up. Saying that you follow the "KonMari method for tidying up" is like saying you follow the "Harpo method for finding your spirit" or the "Martha Stewart Omnimedia method" of crafting Christmas ornaments out of pinecones and pipe cleaners.
There is no KonMari method, you idiots. This isn't some ancient Japanese art of decluttering put forth by one diminutive woman from Tokyo. Marie Kondo was manufactured by a Japanese publishing outlet , and KonMari isn't a method, it's a media company.
I'm not bothered by the woman-as-the-face-of-a-media-company thing. It's been done before. Oprah and Martha Stewart, anyone? What disgusts me about this book is the deception behind it. I don't dig Oprah, but at least she got people talking about uncomfortable topics like sexual assault and racism, among other things.
And at least Martha Stewart was candid about her perfectionism and relentless focus on her business functioning as coping mechanisms during an ugly divorce. This chick is packaging her brand of crazy as the path to joy. I mean, peddling your mental illness as the new normal? If you're an American with an abundance of junk, you're normal. Marie Kondo wants you to have a problem with your junk so she can make money.
Dealing with her issues doesn't make her rich -- selling you her psychosis does. Do you really believe Kondo found joy in decluttering when she says her cleaning obsession started at age 5, and was a "custom [she] maintained even after entering high school," as she "sat on the floor for hours sorting things"? If you're going to ignore the fact that Kondo chose cleaning over normal after-school activities--a job, calling boys, playing sports--it's easy to brush aside her mention of having a teenage breakdown because her room wasn't clean enough.
Um, that's not a happy kid. Path to joy indeed. But we don't need to psychoanalyze the early years. Kondo admits that her passion for tidying "was motivated by a desire for recognition from [her] parents," and that she "had an unusually strong attachment to things" rather than people. Think about what this chick is saying: By now, the person who wrote it has long forgotten what he or she wrote and even the letter's very existence. That's a bleak outlook on life. But I guess Kondo is right.
My grandma doesn't give a shit about the letters she wrote me--she's dead. Then again, I don't hold on to letters from grandma for her sake. The only thing I hate more than knick-knacks and the eclectic is a living space created with "perfection" in mind. They're goddamned mausoleums void of character and humanity. There's a little genius in a small organized mess. A tad bit of clutter is humanizing. There can be beauty in a bit of chaos. Hey, Marie, here's an idea: Perfection is a fleeting organic moment: It's not some state you declutter your way into.
This is where I usually put steel racks, bookcases, and cupboards or shelves, which can also be used to store books. This is exactly why I found this book so goddamned irritating. Passages like this made my immaculate and clutter-free city apartment feel like it wasn't good enough. I view them as a way of storing junk, and in my something years, I've only seen one bookcase done well. But I have a bookcase for my 6 year-old.
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No goddamn way am I going to put his books on the Cloud, giving him another excuse to stare at a screen. I was never bothered by the bookcase until I read Kondo's book, but now I can't wait until we can throw the damn thing away. And moving it out of sight will magically make me hate it less? This is my son's house, too. Sorry, Marie, I'm not going let your book make me miserable about a kid's bookcase.
I'll go back to not noticing it. Never, ever tie up your stockings. Never, ever ball up your socks. Who the fuck cares about how they fold their socks? I'd love to scribble all over Kondo's walls just to see what she'd do. An organized closet sparking a "thrill of pleasure"? I'd recommend another human being or a battery-powered I had an altogether different experience. When I upgraded to a new apartment a few months ago, I organized my hall closet. Afterwards, I stood there wondering if I'd accomplished anything or just wasted a bunch of time.
When my 6 year-old wandered up and, near tears said, "When you clean, we don't get to play," I went ahead and decided on the latter.
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This is the routine I follow every day when I return home from work. First, I unlock the door and announce to my house, 'I'm home! I say, 'Thank you very much for you hard work,' and put them away I put my jacket and dress on a hanger, say 'Good job! I put [my handbag] on the top shelf of the closet, saying 'You did well. Have a good rest. She's talking to her stuff. And why are Americans so quick to dismiss Kondo's talking to inanimate objects as some cultural quirk?
No one talks to their shit in Japan unless they're certifiably nuts. Anyone who has kids or a general understanding of life knows that this is an impossible task. I mean, give me a break! Going all slash and burn on your life, save for items that "spark joy? Obviously, if your mountain of junk makes you miserable, your stuff owns you.
But if you Kondo-ize your house until you only have things that "bring you joy," your reduced pile of stuff still owns you. If you're looking for joy in the material, you don't need Marie Kondo--you need to reevaluate your life. Maybe I'm being unfair. People are indeed affected by their environment, and decluttering can feel satisfying, even cleansing. But look who's telling you how to go about it: They make medication for that. At this point, I should pick up Marie Kondo's book and ask myself whether it sparks joy.
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Well, no, it actually sparks rage. To the trash with it, then! View all 89 comments. Sep 11, Petra X rated it it was amazing Shelves: I so agree that it is life-changing magic when everything has been tidied up. But I don't need to read the book as I already have this magic.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Her name is Cynthia and she comes every other Thursday morning. Admittedly she costs a "bit" more than this book and wants a computer lesson during her time but she Fabuloso's my floors, the airing cupboard is stacked with neatly-folded linens and once in a while we go at a place like my son's room that lacks 'magic' and garbage-bag everything. This is a I so agree that it is life-changing magic when everything has been tidied up.
This is a boring job alone and I can't bear to throw things away. She has no emotional attachment to anything and couldn't care less if my son might object to having something or other thrown away. Not that he ever remembers when he comes back from college. I bet you with all the money the sales of this book engenders that the author will no longer be cleaning and tidying up her house herself but also get a magic Cynthia of her own.
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View all 29 comments. Oct 26, Nick rated it it was amazing. Because I have such admiration for the Japanese aesthetic, I picked up this book with interest. In fact, I was delighted to discover that my lifetime habits of tidying are roughly in line with Marie Kondo's, the expert's, except for a brilliant bit of advice relative to clothes that I can't wait to try. Kondo's basic mantra is "keep things that bring you joy; discard everything else," and that is so cool that I'm going to try it, because it goes further than what I had thought, but along the sam Because I have such admiration for the Japanese aesthetic, I picked up this book with interest.
Kondo's basic mantra is "keep things that bring you joy; discard everything else," and that is so cool that I'm going to try it, because it goes further than what I had thought, but along the same lines. My goal is to have a house as clear and clutter-free as a Japanese tea-ceremony room or house. I've got a ways to go, but lots of joy to discover. If you're a pack rat, read this book now, and get started. If you're already on the tidy brigade, this book will help you up your game. They don't bring me joy; they bring me chores, occasionally. But I would be foolish to get rid of them.
I wish Kondo had addressed this third category. Much as I delighted in this book, and appreciate its goals, it seems utopian now after wrestling with the ideas in it for a few weeks. View all 20 comments. I think the word "tidy" or "tidying" was used in the book at least a times, and that's being conservative. Talk about some clutter Anyway, I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would.
And I certainly didn't enjoy this as much as The Joy of Less. Maybe it was the fact that I had read that book prior to this or the fact that I have been reading a lot of minimalist blogs and sites that already extrapolated the best parts of this book and the KonMari Method I can definitely appreciate the message and the process here, but listening to her talk about how she was in tears as a 5 year old when she couldn't figure out the best way to organize her closet had me like And don't get me started on the suggested anthropomorphism of my underwear drawer Para gente desordenada como yo, es genial.
Lo peor que puedes hacer es usar unas mallas desgastadas. Para empezar, hay una diferencia de base cultural. Concluye su post explicando que cada uno debe organizarse en base a su vida. View all 8 comments. Jul 08, Jenna rated it it was ok Shelves: I give this one 2 stars because I took a few things from it that I think are great ideas to help me organize. But about a third of the book was spent repeating itself and when it wasn't doing that I wondered at times if the book was satire or a memoir of OCD disguised as the middle child syndrome.
Some examples that had me wondering if this was satire or not include: You don't want to hurt their feelings since they no longer bring you joy. She thinks that socks shouldn't be balled up because they deserve to rest comfortably since they are a medium being rubbed between your feet and your shoes. Basically she and the room connect at an intimate level before she goes stripping it down to its bareness.
Oh, and she wears a dress and blazer when tidying to show respect to the house not its occupant and thinks you should too. Sweat pants are a big no-no ladies! And don't forget to clean out your purses on a daily basis. No bloated purses for you. She claims that it clears the skin and trims the waistline. So don't be alarmed if after purging you get a pimple or your belly starts to rumble.
She said that after one of her clients tidied up her space she immediately had diarrhea yes, she went there as though her body was purging its junk out too. When she did this, her phone that always worked properly died and never worked again. It was like it knew it's job was done. I would have probably taken more from this book if there was less of the above type of examples. Now I just think the book is a bit kooky. View all 4 comments. If you took the words, tidy, tided, and tidying, out of this book you would be left with a pamphlet.
I have this thing called misophonia and I made the crucial error of listening to this book on audio. Repetitive stuff can really get under my skin and there were a few instances when listening to this book that I had to stop myself from throwing my phone out of my moving vehicle. So much crap accumulates around a house over the years and it starts to make one feel a little anxious.
I thought that maybe this book might have some helpful tips to get it done. The whole damn house must be done in one go. You have to touch each item you own and ask yourself if it brings you joy. Fold all your clothing, no hangers of any kind EVER! Women, always choose pretty clothing to wear even while lounging around the house or going bed. Um, no Seriously, how much time does this woman have? As a experiment, I started going through my stuff. I worked diligently, though I took breaks here and there, and after two days of sorting, purging, loading up the car and running the stuff to be donated, I got trough….
View all 58 comments. Dec 02, Lianne Downey rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have just experienced the life-changing magic of discarding two-thirds of my clothes, shoes, and accessories! One category down, a whole house to go.
It's so fun to get dressed now; all I have to do is reach in and anything I pull out "sparks joy" in my heart. After going up three sizes and then back down again within the last 2 years, you'd think I wouldn't have anything left to discard, but that wasn't true. So many items were hiding the good stuff, dragging me down with bad memories, worn o I have just experienced the life-changing magic of discarding two-thirds of my clothes, shoes, and accessories! After reading a few chapters, my husband has already begun with his own clothes, and miracle of miracles, he immediately bought some new work pants in his own style, of his own choosing , the kind that "spark joy" for him.
And this man hates to shop. Does the book coincide with everything I've learned in the last 40 years of studying the energetic nature of human beings and all life as we know it? Do I love this book? Am I the kind of person who, even though I recently undertook another de-cluttering project, still lived amid stashes of things that weighed me down with guilt and obligation and insecurity?
My husband and I experienced some scary poverty years early in our lives together. It's been difficult ever since to resist the urge to keep more than we need. As the youngest in our respective families, we also shared the habit of accepting whatever was given to us, hand-me-downs that might or might not have suited us. The concept of wearing, using, or keeping only items that "spark joy" makes brilliant sense to me now, and feels like wonderful liberation. I am very excited and inspired by Marie Kondo's work, and I'm equally enthusiastic about continuing throughout the house until we are living a much smaller, less encumbered, joyously infused material existence here in our happy home.
I love the way she characterizes the impact of our thoughts on our things, and vice versa. I just love her entire outlook. Oh yes, one more life-changing aspect already: I hated to fold things. Just like she says, after following her instructions and watching her demonstrate on YouTube it's become a fun game for me. You have to experience this to believe it. Dec 06, Mia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I hesitated to read this book because I thought it might not have much to offer beyond what's written on its back cover: No American book would advise praying to your house before tidying it, for example, or suggest that objects just want to help you and that, once released from your possession, they w I hesitated to read this book because I thought it might not have much to offer beyond what's written on its back cover: No American book would advise praying to your house before tidying it, for example, or suggest that objects just want to help you and that, once released from your possession, they will continue reflecting their helpful energy back to you from wherever they are.
It seems that these suggestions make Kondo unusual even in Japan, but her Shinto-influenced outlook is so much like what my mother raised me with that it was exactly what I needed to work through the guilt that keeps me clinging to objects I don't use or even particularly like. Because she spoke my language, I decided to take her suggestions literally, even the odd ones. So I lit some incense, clapped a couple of times, and prayed to my apartment. A breeze blew in through my crappy vertical blinds, and I could imagine my apartment feeling glad for the recognition.
View all 11 comments. Aug 31, Bark rated it liked it. I know a secret. Well, nearly all of it. Well, never mind then. This author wants you to be absolutely ruthless with your possessions and do it in one fell swoop I know a secret. This author wants you to be absolutely ruthless with your possessions and do it in one fell swoop.
I had way too much crap lying about and it was driving me crazy. Broken crap, ugly crap, gifted crap, crap that had been there so long it was invisible to me. Step 2, you see, is books. Who needs clothes taking up space that could hold a few books? This was easy, thought I. My closet was done in an hour or so. Everything culled, sorted and color coded and folded all nice and tidy-like. I could blow through this, thought I. A zen and clutter-free life was within my grasp.
Then step 2 happened and I was instructed to rid myself of all of the books I have loved before but may not love again and all of the books I have not read yet. I was told to remove my TBR pile s from my life. I was instructed to touch each one and see if it sparked that apparently not-so-elusive feeling of joy within me. Trouble is they all kind of did. I suppose I am broken.
I tried folks, I truly did. I took pictures and even posted them online in an attempt to humiliate myself into following through. I even went so far as removing a gigantor bookshelf, stocked three piles deep, floor-to-ceiling, from my room as well as an armoire I no longer needed. I have to admit my room looks and feels calms and free and spacious.
The bookshelf now neatly resides in my basement. Better they be a little lonesome on my shelf than DEAD, right?! Instead of tossing them into bags, I started arranging them by color which she wants you to do with clothes and then I put all but a dozen or so back up on the shelves. They look happy and pretty and they brighten the back wall of the basement. I have decided that I am keeping them. They are my one and only vice and I work hard. They are not clutter. I think I shall pretend that step 2 was nothing but a fever dream. After I was revived with sniffing salts I got back to business.
It is so much easier to clean my house now. She has a nifty way of folding clothes that helped me fit everything into a few drawers and will keep me in check if I decide I need more yoga pants. This stops you from getting stuck on pictures or mementos which are left for the end and forces you to deal with an entire category and actually finish the job so you never have to do it again. She also tells you to start with a clear vision of your end result. That bit of advice has helped me tremendously.
The author clearly has an obsession with tidying. She does not deny this. This makes the start a bit of a slog. Dec 04, Erin added it. Notes as i read: Do i need them for when i am seeking a new job? Not in a totally offensive way, but in a noticeable way. I can't really apply her theory to my art supplies. I mean, i can to a point, but hello The studio is off limits to her. This assumes you have the money to replace what is broken but still usable or not hold onto outgrown kids clothes that could be used for the next kid.
I'm not going to take her method to gospel but i do think that I will give it a go, esp. It's mostly charming, though there are things I'm just not willing to let go of and that's ok too. What will I take away from this "life changing" book on tidying up? If you name a method after yourself, you conjure up instant credibility as an "expert". If you are a neurotic nutcase with an obsessive-compulsive disorder, try to turn it into a virtue, or even better, a lucrative career.
If you use the words "spark joy", "feel happiness" and "reduce anxiety" enough times, people will want to follow your lead and pay you good money for your advice. You thought there was no space in Switzerland? Well, don't ever think about moving to Japan, unless you are ready to throw out everything you have, and that probably includes your children.
Yeah, you guessed it, this Marie Kondo won't be coming to my house in her frilly dresses any time soon to have that dialogue with my house, clothes and handbags about how hard they work for me. I rather continue to live happily with all my clutter and mess. View all 9 comments. Jun 11, Lola rated it liked it Shelves: That is perhaps only possible for people who have achieved or strive to achieve self-actualization. Dec 06, Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Office Kat brought this book to my attention, and it became my plane read for a trip to Australia in November Doubtless the Kat had an ulterior motive the office is a stacked up mess but this book offers more than tips on tidying.
The author, Marie Kondo, has made tidying up her life since she was a small child, and shares many anecdotes about her early days as a stealth clutter-control operative in her family home, as well as some of the false starts she had on her way to her tidying The Office Kat brought this book to my attention, and it became my plane read for a trip to Australia in November The author, Marie Kondo, has made tidying up her life since she was a small child, and shares many anecdotes about her early days as a stealth clutter-control operative in her family home, as well as some of the false starts she had on her way to her tidying method.
I will not steal her thunder by revealing her unorthodox methods, but will say it has already worked a magic on one kitchen that I used to dread entering. If one has the will, the method works, and she is also right that I have no desire to go back to my old ways in that kitchen.