Off the Shelf: Tidying up

My sister gave me the “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo for my birthday a few years ago… I think she may have thought I needed some help. Apparently I thought it was hopeless, because I never read it.

Marie Kondo and her bestselling books “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and its companion book “Spark Joy” are enjoying a resurgence of popularity since the debut of her “Tidying Up” series on Netflix. I don’t get Netflix, but even I have heard that Marie Kondo wants you to get rid of all your books. Oh My! (Like all hearsay, it isn’t exactly what she said.)

I decided to see what all the talk was about, so I found my copy of “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and started reading. I’m only about halfway through, but the premise of the KonMari method is that you choose a category. Take your clothes for example: Gather all your clothes together in one place so you can see what you have. That’s when you realize that nobody needs 25 pairs of jeans when only three fit!

Then hold each item in your hands; if it sparks joy, you keep it. If it doesn’t spark joy, you discard it. That’s a very simplified explanation, but you get the idea.

In regards to getting rid of all your books, Marie says that may have been a misunderstanding. She applies the same principles to books as everything else. If you love them, keep them. Sort through them and if you have some that no longer spark joy (or maybe never did), just say goodbye and let them go! Basically, always think about the end result. Once you have put the books you are keeping back on their shelves, stand back and take a look. All you will see are books that you love and that might spark joy.

Wish me luck on my quest to tidy up. You may agree or disagree with Marie Kondo. That’s the beauty of it, you get to choose if this method is the one that will help you. As for me, I think she may have some valid points, so I’m going to keep reading.

There are several copies of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (648 Kondo) and “Spark Joy” (648 Kondo) in the Traverse des Sioux system, but just a heads up… they may be checked out. If they are out, let us help you get your name on the holds list. My guess is other people will be interested in what all the talk is about too!

This just in: “The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life” by Joshua Becker. This one will be in the catalog soon. If you are interested, give the library a call and we will get your name on the holds list. Happy Tidying!

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