The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Another month draws to an end and that means that it's time for another Sassy Books post. Sassy Books is a book club that I run with Charlotte from Colours and Carousels. You can read my very first post about the book club here. Basically, we invite our readers/other bloggers to read a book with us every month. And then on the last Tuesday of every month we share our thoughts on that book by either blogging about the book or tweeting about it using the hashtag #sassybooks. We would love it if as many people as possible could join in! Our book for March was The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: a non fiction guide to organisation. We thought this would be a good book to boost some spring cleaning and maybe even develop some good habits along the way. 

I was really looking forward to reading this book. I've read a lot of reviews online where people talk about this book being absolutely life changing. Like, some people are hardcore Marie Kondo fans. But how did I get on with it? Honestly, there's a lot of good advice and tips in this book but it's also surrounded by quite a bit of bullshit. I don't swear often on my blog but I can't really think of any other way to say it. At times when I was reading this I was thinking 'oh yeah I can totally see how that works' and at other times I was physically cringing.

Things I liked:
  • Her clothes folding method. Whilst reading this book I totally went through my wardrobe and collected a bin bag of clothes to take to the charity shop. Then I put everything back in place using her folding method. It meant that I could fit a lot more in my drawers which saved me a lot of space in my wardrobe. 
  • The idea of only keeping items that 'spark joy'. At first I found it to be a little cringey but when you actually get into it, it is quite an easy way to sort between what you want to keep and what you don't!
  • The ideas and methods in this book can be applied to basically any sort of household. I only really have one room in my flat and a few cupboards in the kitchen but because this book says to tidy by category and not by room that means that you can get involved even if you don't own your own place. 
Things I didn't like:
  • Talking to my stuff. Sorry but sometimes when I come home all I want to do is crawl into bed. I am not going to take my jacket off and say 'thank you for all your hard work today' before doing the same with my shoes and the rest of my clothes. Are you crazy?
  • The fact she assumes that because none of her clients come back they are all 100% successful. Marie Kondo actually works as a consultant where people hire her to go to their homes and help them organise it. She assumes that because no one has ever called her back that all these people live amazingly organised lives. If you got a bad hair cut you wouldn't go back to the same hairdressers would you?
  • She suggests thats you should dry your dishes outside by placing them in a strainer and leaving them out. If I tried that my dishes would get a) more wet and b) stolen. This is Edinburgh, lady, not the middle of a warm rural country. 
In the end I gave this book 3/5 stars but it's more of a 2.5 stars. Honestly I did pick up some good tips from this book but some of the more awkward parts made me cringe. I'll take what I've learnt and run. I definitely won't be reading into everything Mari Kondo says as the be all and end all of everything.

Other posts by other bloggers participating in the book club: Colours and Carousels

And April's book? This month we're doing something a little bit different. We'll be rereading the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Philosophers's Stone. Although it may even be a first time read for some of you lot. If you want to get involved then read along with us. We will be sharing our reviews on the last Tuesday of the month using the hashtag #sassybooks on Twitter. Would love to see as many people reading along and sharing the love of Harry Potter with us!

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