Marie Kondo is an eccentric genius
Marie Kondo is really odd. She writes about talking to her possessions and is obsessed with tidying up. As a child she tidied up her family's stuff too, taking it upon herself to rid them of 'useless' objects. Now she wants to do the same with your stuff.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a charming book. Considering that it is about how to clean up your house, it is remarkeably readable and interesting.
Kondo has her own proprietary method of culling and organizing posessions, called the KonMari Method. She was already popular in Japan and ran a successful consulting business helping people deal with their accumulated crap when the world discovered her book.
She's lucky as she came along just in time to hit the 'minimalist, experiences not things, purposeful living' wave.
So what is the KonMari Method? I think it can be broken down into the following:
- Organise everything at once. Don't try and do one shelf at a time.
- Get rid of everything that doesn't 'spark joy'
- Keep similar things together
- Designate a place for everything
- Fold/organize things efficiently
Of course that list won't actually help you do these things, whereas The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up leads you though each step gently, easing you along with way with interesting anecdotes and strange little asides.
I have to admit that even though I enjoyed the book and tried a few aspects of Kondo's ideas, I did not do a full clear/organize as she recommends and my home and office are just as messy as ever.
How about you? Have you read TLCMoTU? Were you able to implement Kondo's ideas?