Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up | Marie Kondo

The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.

Book Info

Genre: Non-Fiction / Self-Help
Number of Pages: 206
Perspective: First Person
Location: Japan

Kondo takes us through her home organization method to simplify your life. Her category-by-category approach focuses on only keeping items that “spark joy”. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Book Review

TL;DR: Save the effort and watch the show instead.

Rating: 2/5

Full Review: I listened to this as an audiobook on my most recent flight. I always have to add a disclaimer for audiobooks: I am not an auditory learner, so I have to pick audiobooks that don’t require my 100% focus. It always seems to skew my reviews when I listen to versus read a book. But, seriously, could this be any more boring? I ended up increasing the speed of the narration to 1.5x.

I was so disappointed since I loved the Netflix spin-off with Marie Kondo, Tidying Up. She seems so sweet and helpful in real life. In the book, she came off as cold and unsentimental, and even rude in some parts. A few months ago, I was so inspired after watching the show that I did her steps and cleared out a ton of stuff from my house. It really does work! So I have to give the book credit for that. I have been eagerly awaiting the new season to be released.

I figured the book would have extra tips that the show did not give. Nope. It was the same tips, plus it was 90% her life story about why she loves organizing and why she is an expert. I didn’t need all of the credibility-building. I just wanted to know the magic.

Perhaps I would have a completely different review if I read the book and could skim through the history part. I also might have enjoyed it more if I read the book first to get the tips, then watched the show to see it in action and connect to the people’s stories. But the book felt like old news after seeing the series.

With all that said, she does have extremely helpful strategies. If you haven’t watched the show, definitely read the book first. If you had to choose between the two—and I can’t believe I am suggesting this—definitely watch the show. Just make sure you have an entire weekend free to immediately start going through everything in your house. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

2 star 2019

But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.

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