Note:I’m addicted to self help books & this one is indeed something, we all might need at one point of time(At least I needed it the most at this point of time in life)
So to begin with the name of the book
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering & Organising
Lemme just tell you what was just happening in life.
A dear friend of mine had come over for a cup of coffee at my place and it was on one of those days when everthing at home was just not at it’s best,that dear friend of mine totally took the oppurtunity to give me some advice on every single arena of life,starting from fitness to cleaning up the house.I am somebody who takes just everything to heart,hence forth I had to do something about the way my home sweet home looked like.The friend did volunteer to help me around dealing with the mess.(Thankgoodness!)
Yes,It was a kickstarter for alot of things I didnt really think I would be doing such as I was forced to clean things, throw things away,mop the floor & all of this was not at all funny.
In the midst of doing all that I did feel that I have to a certain extent achieved my target it wasn’t a very convincing thought though.At the back of my mind I did feel that there is alot that needs to be done.I started looking online thought maybe there shall be something that shall give me a further kick to improve the situation.(F.Y.I. situation wasn’t really that bad !)That’s when I stumbled upon a video of Marie Kondo regarding cleaning up, the things she was talking made me feel these are the kind of things probably even I can do without much help(I get highly emotional when Parade clean up is on).
I guess enough of me ranting about it. Lets talk about the book now.
Marie Kondo, a cleaning consultant whose book is a bestseller in her native Japan and in Europe with more than two million copies sold. This 30 year old speaks about the subject of decluttering .She talks about the relationship between three things: “In essence, tidying ought to be the act of restoring balance among people, their possessions, and the house they live in.” She feels that the art of decluttering is “a special send-off for those things that will be departing,” and part of the process should be “a ceremony to launch them on a new journey.” Think of the emotion invested in sending off a son or daughter to college. Here is a chance to express your gratitude to your clothes, memorabilia, and papers which have spent many years in your company. As you touch them it is pleasurable to remember the role they have played in the story of your life.I personally super like this idea since it helps me get rid of the retlessness.
She firmly believes that serious tidying up cannot be done in baby steps of 15 minutes daily or throwing out a few things every day. Earlier I would always do what she says one must not do and trust me nothing seemed to be moving I would always be angry at myself thinking as to why is it that things aren’t changing.There have been times when in the past I have also talked about the situation with my dear friends and there was this one friend of mine who would always say to me that I am always buying things and I never throw away stuff.I disagree to that though! Anyways,Marie’s philosophy is to do it all at once. Kondo’s criteria for tossing or keeping something is, “Does it spark joy in you or not?”
Trust me I have cheated alot!every single thing Marie talks about as to what not to do,I have done it all,thats the reason why as to my house was completely bummed with useless things.i would always and always fold my clothes while i would be on a long phone call which she says is a no go.It takes alot to change for sure but the change is totally worth it.the process is a little painfull initially but you gotta do what you gotta do!!Doing all of that in the way mentioned by Marie will not just change the way how your house looks but also you shall see some other things move out of your life too..Thats how all of this works.Major major breakthrough will happen in each one of our lives.I am experiencing mine hope you have a great experience too!
There are many tips in this very helpful book.Let’s all spark Joy!Hope you all pick a copy soon! I am going to order the japanese version of it soon.Totally looking forward to it.