I first learned about Marie Kondo's best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up several months ago from this post at The Kitchn. I have to admit that I was intrigued mostly because the author is Japanese, and I've experienced first hand the tiny homes they have there. As I always do when learning of a new book to covet, I added the book to my Amazon wishlist (then I check regularly to see if there's a price drop; I am often able to snag books for $1.99-$2.99 this way). But then just a couple months later, I stumbled across the book at Costco and snatched it up.
The book then sat, until Crystal at Money Saving Mom started reviewing it. That somehow spurred me into action, and I plowed through the book rather quickly.
There are parts that are definitely not for me, but for the most part, I think it makes a whole lot of sense, and it's changed the way I approach my belongings.
Throughout the book, the author teaches her "KonMari method" (the name is derived from her name). Using this method, you begin the tidying process by keeping only those possessions that "spark joy" and discarding everything else. Only after you've sorted and discarded the items that don't give you joy can you start organizing and storing.
I thought there was a lot of value in the book, as well as some weirdness, so I am going to share my thoughts in a series of upcoming posts. I'm still in the process of tidying my house - because although she recommends doing it all in one fell swoop, I can't! I have kids underfoot, dinners to make, laundry to do, a house to clean, work to do, places to go, etc. But I've been making at least some progress every day, and I feel good because of it.