DOES IT REALLY SPARK JOY? Reviewed by Kelsey Marion
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a guide to decluttering your home from consultant Marie Kondo. She takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing items.
Believe it or not, I am not completely sold on the whole Kon Mari Method. I respect Marie Kondo as a woman, and entrepreneur, but the Spark Joy craze isn't a train ride i'm buying a ticket to. For instance, claiming folks are all lazy is a statement I strongly disagree with. YOU ARE NOT LAZY. In my experience clutter build up is shown to be caused by so many layered factors: loss of a family member or close friend, high responsibility such as parenthood, caring for others, physical injury/ (dis)ability or mental health or illness. I strongly believe in a non-judgmental approach. I do not blame the client for their current state of clutter. After discussing with my clients their daily routine I almost always identify various factors of stress. People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking. Once the client understands it is not their fault for the clutter, but various set-backs we can then work on a practical strategy for success! Kondo states that we should aim for perfection and organize their entire home at once...talk about setting someone up for failure! Organized spaces are not about perfection, they are about practicality. Why tackle an entire home by yourself in a day - not complete it because that is a huge task to complete - feel awful and exhausted for not completing the task - and then be left with unfinished projects around the house. Not realistic. Not practical. Not recommended by yours truly. When folks contact Get Sorted to have their spaces sorted they are not craving perfection, they are yearning for practical maintenance and functional spaces.
I may not agree with everything the tidy mogul has to say - there are perspectives that are enriching - Before you start, visualize your destination. Detailed goals are essential to achieving them - vague goals such as "I want to get sorted and have less clutter" are too broad. What is it that you truly want out of your session? Focusing on other family members cluttered items, while you yourself live in an equally disorganized space is not beneficial to the process. The urge to point out someone else's failure to tidy is usually a sign that you are neglecting to take care of your own space. It is essential to begin decluttering and sorting your own space before you go pointing fingers at your partner or family. Parents, I am also looking at you - when I have clients who state their children's spaces are always a mess - I almost always discover their own space is cluttered as well. I'm not here to shit on parents - I am merely discussing the elephant in the room. How can you expect your child to be organized or tidy when you are not providing a form of structure? Not everyone will be thrilled with this statement, but this is all a part of the conversation. Once the parent(s) begin to showcase changes in their own habits & routine, the kids will follow. What I am saying is: start with your own space, then work on the kids spaces. Having trouble letting go of your (useless) stuff? Decluttering can be a challenging process, but to truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To get rid of what you no longer need is neither wasteful or shameful. Transformations like this are healthy for your mind and body. Treating the clutter in your home as toxins in your body, When we let go of the clutter, we let go of the toxins.
Cheers to health and sorted spaces!
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Title:The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing
Dimensions:224 pages, 7.28 × 5.2 × 0.85 in
Published:October 14, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10:1607747308
ISBN - 13:9781607747307