What Marie Kondo Taught Me
She is a household name because of her book, “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organization.” This book has been published in more than 30 countries and she has sold more than 4 million copies.
Marie Kondo is taking the world by storm, but why? Marie Kondo’s book teaches anyone how to declutter once and promises that you will never have to do it again. Let me say, who wouldn’t love that. Sign me up for that!!
I wanted to see for myself if this book would actually deliver on the promise to declutter my home for good.
After listening to the book, I don’t think the book delivered on that promise, but it did give me some great ideas and inspiration to purge my home.
I had three golden nugget take-aways from Kondo’s book and three ideas that I didn’t agree with.
3 Take Aways From Marie Kondo
Keep what Sparks Joy
My biggest take away was to only keep things that bring me joy. I realized I was keeping things because it was given to me, I may need it someday, or I spent money on it. By asking myself the simple question, “does this spark joy,” I was able to let go and get rid of more items.
Thank Items That Don’t Spark Joy
Shirt Folding Method
The KonMari method gives a solution to the common problem of not being able to see every shirt that you own when it is folded. Instead of stacking shirts on top of each other horizontally, Marie Kondo recommends folding and laying each shirt vertically, so you can see each one at once. This way you don’t have to pull out most of your shirts to find the one you are looking for, you can easily see every shirt you own. I really like using this method for all of my
3 Ideas from Marie Kondo that I didn’t Agree With
- She talks to her stuff like they are humans. She says the way most people fold their socks into each other is suffocating them. Socks should be folded and rolled like sushi so they can rest. Marie also lets her purse ‘relax’ each time she enters her home by emptying all of the contents and refilling only what she needs when she leaves. I’m sorry, but I don’t have time for that and I don’t think my purse NEEDS to relax.
- Marie keeps nothing in her shower. She takes out each item she will use and then puts it into the shower before she gets in. When she is done with her shower she dries off each item and puts them away. I don’t know any mom who has time to keep this up.
Throw Away Photos
Bouts of Diarrhea
I think it is great that Marie Kondo is helping people live with less. I felt like it would be impossible to follow her steps to a T, and enjoy my life at the same time. Have you read this book? What did you think?