Around the web, some are saying that the Marie Kondo* tidying up method is hurting physical book sales. I guess there’s a part in Marie’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing that states something about minimizing the amount of books you own. But the whole book is about getting rid of everything in your life that doesn’t “spark joy!”
If books “spark joy” you get to keep them —and you can recommend them too. So I recommend Marie Kondo’s book.
It’s been a couple years since I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it’s not a book I continuously go back to, over and over, like Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert —I already have a natural ability to sort, minimize and organize so I easily internalized (and don’t need to keep going back to) Marie Kondo’s book.
But that doesn’t mean other people should forget about this book, or the Netflix special: TIDYING UP with Marie Kondo (direct Netflix link).
Marie Kondo’s words and method are crucial to embrace in this day and age of 24/7 on-demand shopping. We have the ability to clutter our every inch of space, and too many of us do. So it’s good that Marie Kondo, her books and Netflix special, are becoming so popularized, people need help sometimes —specially with letting go of things; material things that they worked so hard to buy.
But if the things no longer bring joy, they only weigh the soul down.
We need to focus on the things that “spark joy” —we must give those things our love and attention & remove all the rest.
1. what are ten things that bring you joy?
2. when do you ever really need anything new?
*clicking on Marie Kondo will redirect you to her website, KonMari.com