The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo – available here
A book with tidying in the title was never going to be top of my “to-read” pile, but after months of hearing readers everywhere rave about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo we decided to give it a shot for the March #SassyBooks choice. My mum can attest to the fact that I often procrastinate when it comes to tidying, so it will probably come as no surprise that I put off reading this book too.
Confession time: I’ve not finished it. I struggled, a lot. It’s just not me. I thought this book would turn my hoarding ways around and allow me to lead a life of minimalism and practicality, as well as helping me break the emotional bonds I have with those random knick knacks that might come in handy one day.
I’m a cynical person, and my moods are changeable to say the least, so the thought of going through every item I own and questioning the joy it brings to my life felt a bit… silly. Fair enough there were some interesting anecdotes and I enjoyed the insight in to the cultural differences between the United Kingdom’s approach to tidying and that of Japan.
Some of the tidying tips could be filed in my brain under “useful” for future reference, but on the whole I felt like it just didn’t apply to me. I don’t have the time and it doesn’t really suit my lifestyle. Fair enough, it might work better for others, but I found it laughable at points… I’m just not destined to be a continuously tidy person! Sorry mum 😉
For next month we decided to go for a book that has a lot of appeal, and one that most people already own to make it even easier to join in. I’m actually really excited about this choice, because I’ve not read it again for a while now and I’m looking forward to getting stuck back in to the world of Hogwarts. Yup, the next book is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s, if you’re American!).