Book Review & Notes: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying By Marie Kondo

IMG_2014Short review: I read this book in a weekend. It inspired me to clean out my closet, but I haven’t tackled my dresser yet. I recommend it, but it does get a little strange (in my opinion) towards the end.

© Cori Large September 10, 2015

Book Notes:

[AN: all notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim not rights to them]

Pg. 1: Start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely, in one go.
Pg. 16: If you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mindset.
Pg. 19: The work involved can be broadly divided into two kinds: deciding whether or not to dispose of something and deciding where to put it.
Pg. 22: Storage experts are hoarders.
Pg. 23: Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.
Pg. 36: It is crucial to discard before you think about where to put something.
Pg. 41: Take each object and ask “Does this spark joy?” If yes, keep it; if no, toss it.
Pg. 48: Don’t let your family see what’s here…It’s extremely stressful for parents to see what their children discard.
Pg. 52: To quietly work away at disposing of your own excess is actually the best way of dealing with a family that doesn’t tidy.
Pg. 61: When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life…By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order.
Pg. 65: The recommended order for tidying is Clothing, Books, Papers, Misc., and then Sentimental.
Pg. 70: If sweatpants are your everyday attire, you’ll end up looking like you belong in them, which is not very attractive. What you wear in the house does impact your self-image.
Pg. 88: if you have A LOT of books <a small library’s worth>, divide them into four broad categories: General (pleasure reading), Practical (Reference, Cookbooks), Visual (photography & art), and Magazines.
Pg. 94: Realizing that what I really wanted to keep was not the book but certain information or specific words it contained, I decided that if I kept only what was necessary, I should be able to party with the rest…My idea was to copy sentences that inspired me into a notebook.
Pg. 95: The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it.
Pg. 106: Misc. items should be sorted into these categories: CDs/DVDs, skin care products, makeup, accessories, valuables (passports, credit cards), electrical equipment and appliances, household equipment (stationary, sewing kits, etc.), household supplies (cleaners & medicines), kitchen goods and food supplies, and other (spare change and figurines). If you have a hobby, make anything associated with that into a subcategory.
Pg. 114: Regarding sentimental items: Mementos are reminders of a time when these items gave us joy. The thought of disposing of them sparks the fear that we’ll lose those precious memories along with them.
Truly precious memories will never vanish even if you discard the objects associated with them…no matter how wonderful things used to be, we cannot live in the past. The joy and excitement we feel here and now are more important.
Pg. 118: The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.
Pg. 124: As you reduce your belongings through the process of tidying, you will come to a point where you suddenly know how much is just right for you.
Pg. 133: I have yet to see a house that lacked sufficient storage. The real problem is that we have far more than we need or want.
Pg. 168: By eliminating excess visual information that doesn’t inspire joy, you can make your space much more peaceful and comfortable.
Pg. 175: At their core, the things we really like to do do not change over time.
Pg. 177: Tidying is a way of taking stock that shows us what we really like.
Pg. 182: The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.
Pg. 202: If you can say without a doubt, “I really like this!” no matter what anyone else says, and if you like yourself for having it, then ignore what other people think.
Pg. 204: Pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessie
    Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:05:20

    Thank you so much for the cliff notes!!! 🙂 I like pg 61 – I need to remember that. And pa 118….I need to read this a couple times over!!


    • caendicott
      Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:08:48

      The paper thing is what gets me. I know I just need to drag a recycling bin through my house and toss the paper.


  2. Marissa
    Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:43:08

    Very helpful tips! It can be overwhelming to organize, but breaking it down into smaller steps helps.


  3. Kat |
    Sep 14, 2015 @ 15:21:18

    I love the book! Just recently read it and did a lot of decluttering already. I wonder though, what do you mean that it got a bit strange at the end? 🙂


    • caendicott
      Sep 15, 2015 @ 08:23:48

      Things were strange to me when she talks about people getting ill after a purge, but that’s just my opinion.


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