The Book Nook

I know it was only yesterday when I first mentioned this book but I’ve already finished reading it!

It’s true, I really can read!

THE BOOK: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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I seriously love the cover of this book, by the way.

My feeble thoughts: Here is what I liked: I loved the Japanese lens she brought to tidying such as showing gratitude/respect for our things and our home, like thanking our handbag for working so hard for us today and all the blessings we were able to carry inside of it.

Of course, I adore her famous question: “Does it spark joy?”. It’s funny what little things spark joy for me. Currently, it’s these reusable snack bags that I have for the kids. I love them so much! I know, it’s a little weird.

I could relate to her stories and urges to tidy, especially a child.

I appreciated her main strategy: tackle by category, not by room, do it all at once (which is the complete opposite of my strategy that I declared in this post), and what category to start with first, next, and last. That was helpful and something we are actually implementing currently! Stay tuned!

Lastly, I like the word tidying. Don’t you?

What I didn’t like: I felt like she over-explained everything. I wasn’t too keen on her personal stories, even though I found myself relating to a lot of them. I didn’t love the writing, although it had a genuine Japanese voice to them, which I appreciated.

Grade: B for writing/content, A for inspiration! I could have done without the over-explaining, the meh writing, and the silly anecdotes but would have hungrily devoured more tips, lists, strategies, and pictures on how she folds her clothes. Please show me your sushi-inspired sock drawer! Yet, still, I walked away completely inspired to get my house/yard/life/mind/body in order, stat. SPARK JOY! Get rid of everything else!

Would I recommend it to a stranger on the bus (trying to make his way home)? Yes! This subject excites me so I want others to read it and take on the tidying mission with me.

What I am reading now: You know what? I never finished “Savage Girl” and I’m still reading “Stones from the River” that my MIL lent me PROBABLY FIVE YEARS AGO. It’s a good book, I don’t know what the hell is taking me so long to read it.

Wow, it’s been a minute since the last one of these, huh?

3 thoughts on “The Book Nook

  1. How funny is that?, thecandace! I read this book a couple of months ago and so enjoyed it as well. And I agree that it is a fascinating subject. I appreciated the Japanese voice. Sparking joy is something that Americans need to practice. I don’t know if we really know what it means. Do we keep it because it is necessary or is it sparking joy? Look to Clinton Kelly for folding clothes, sweaters and fitted sheets. I found “The Laundry Evangelist” on line and he is a wonderful productive read.
    Marie Kondo has a new book SPARK JOY: AN ILLUSTRATED MASTER CLASS ON THE ART OF ORGANIZING AND TIDYING UP. I am 22nd on the list at the library.
    I am reading DARK MONEY: the hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right., SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS, and my favorite mystery writer Martha Grimes, DAKOTA. Yay!

    Indeed, happiness is a book. Lv mamap

    • Ooh, thanks for the tips on folding clothes and sheets. Those fitted sheets infuriate me. The Laundry Evangelist sounds great, it’s on my list!
      I love that you love to read! Smooch!

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