Book Reviews · Self Help

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Hi everyone! Kaylie here, attempting to get my ish together and be an organized, mature adult in 2018. Okay, okay…I’m just trying to figure out how to be somewhat adult-ish this year. Step 1: Become a Badass.  Step 2: Organize the madness that I call my house.

My mother-in-law bought me The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up my first Christmas married to my husband. Was it a hint? Most likely. Did I listen? Not a chance. Whoops 🤷🏼‍♀️ better late than never, right? (If you’re reading this…sorry Margie!). Basically the general premise is pretty easy. Take everything out of your drawer/closet and determine if it gives you joy. If yes, keep it. If not, sell/donate/trash it. As for the organization, it gets a little more tricky, but the gist is keep like items together and don’t scatter storage.  As the title implies, the KonMari method is notorious for being life-changing. According to the first chapter, after tidying their house, people have been known to quit their jobs, end a wrong relationship, be more successful in their current jobs… all that from cleaning out their closets? Count me in.

In case you didn’t believe me that I needed to clean out my closet… this was only MY tops…hanging, not even including folded.  Send coffee/wine for this clean out session.

So I ran into two major challenges.  For the first challenge, you are supposed to do the decluttering in one swoop.  Being a full-time worker, in addition to a full-time graduate student, I usually only have a couple of hours to clean, so I had to use a winter break holiday for the process.  Maybe it’s just me, but I would much rather do other things with my break.  To be honest, I would say implementing these practices came somewhere after reading, watching Netflix, or getting a mani/pedi, but somewhere ahead of going to the dentist and doing finance homework (so maybe that makes it more enjoyable?). As for the second challenge, according to the method, letting go of these old objects will help you to move on from the past toward the future. Well, I’m so sentimental and couldn’t stand the thought of getting rid of some things (like a cocktail dress that I wore to our engagement dinner and may or may not wear again), so maybe that convinced me that it sparked more joy than it actually did. Who knows?

Also: warning to all the bookworms out there.  This method tries to get you to get rid of basically any book that you’ve either already read or bought and then didn’t immediately read.  This was based on the theory that if you’d really wanted to read it, then you would have read it immediately.  Welp, my TBR list on Goodreads currently has 200+ waiting for me, so I really don’t think that’s the case.  So (being the rebel that I am) I skipped that part.  Don’t judge me.  I DID get a new bookshelf though (my old one broke from the weight LOL) so hopefully that will help me get through my TBRs at home.  Maybe I need to do a #NoNewBooks month, just like Taylor.

As for the book…I felt like 90% of it was her saying that her method was the best and only 10% instruction.  Ironically, this meant that based on the “discarding if it doesn’t spark joy” principle, I wanted to throw out this 90%.  It almost felt like an informercial for a new cleaning tool rather than a how-to book for decluttering.


And now, the answers you’ve all been waiting for (drum roll please): Did this help me organize my closet?  Yes.    Is my life better as a result?  Yes (AKA, I don’t have to iron my clothes before getting dressed in the morning because they aren’t so cramped; getting rid of 7 bags of clothing does that for you I guess).  Would I say the whole experience was “life-changing”?  Not really.  I feel like the only way this would be truly life-changing is if someone needed an extra push, a final encouragement to prompt change. Would I recommend reading this? Maybe. While it wasn’t the life-changing experience that I was promised, it did give me a great starting point for my new year cleaning spree. If you’re wanting that extra little push, go for it!

I’d love to hear about your experiences with this book!  Did it change your life?  Let me know in the comments below or DM me!

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