The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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While thinking about the Best Books series, I asked myself, “What books have really changed my life?”  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo came to mind and not because the title promised it would be life-changing.

I bought this book about a year and a half ago when it came up as a popular title on Amazon.  Sometimes, I don’t like to like things that are popular, but this book really made a difference to me so I wanted to share about it.

Marie Kondo writes in detail about how and why to discard excess clutter.  She writes about keeping the items that make us feel joy and discarding the rest.  Reading this motivated me to start the process of discarding excess stuff.

I followed her instructions for a couple of categories of things including my somewhat large book collection.  I then donated about 40% of my books to the thrift store in one go.  I didn’t follow her instructions exactly when clearing out a lot of other clutter, but her book changed how I was thinking about my stuff and really influenced the fact that I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff.

Of course, reading a book only changes your life if you take action on the things you learn from it.  This book inspired me to take action and that really has changed things for me.  Having a cleaner, less-cluttered house makes me feel calmer and more at peace at home.  My life really is better with less.

If you are interested in learning more, you can visit Marie Kondo’s website or view The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up on Amazon.

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2 Responses

  1. I, too, enjoyed learning about the Kondo method. She has some good ideas on living with less, appreciating what you have and just being a good steward of your space! Thanks for sharing!

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