Last weekend, I was finally able to get a digital copy of one of Marie Kondo from my local library. In the past, I attempted to read her book “The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up” hoping to get some tips for keeping my house in order. Her definition of “tidying”is very different than I would guess most Americans. (I am not even sure why her English editors used that word.) I found the proscription way she described her method and the alleged transformative benefits of it off putting. In full disclosure, I barely made it through two chapters. I recently decided to give Mrs. Kondo another try since several readers have commented on how helpful it was. While I requested both books from the library, “Spark Joy” became available and was now mine for the next seven days.
I went into reading the book skeptical of all the praise it has reviewed. Life changing magic? Yeah right! Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed reading it and finished the book in two days. In “Spark Joy”, she seems more down-to-earth, self-critical and practical. Maybe because she is no longer a single woman who has total control of her home environment. Because I was reading an e-book, I was able to screen shot pages that were of particular interest to me. After a while, it started to feel like I was screen shooting every other page! What was the big difference this time? I am not quite sure. I felt like she was offering advice without trying too hard to convince me to take her advice. I might be in a different mental space. Who knows!
I don’t think my family and I are ready for a marathon of cleaning and the disorder that come before the clean. However I think a cleaning 5K run could be helpful. I am going to take some of the tips and techniques to see if it helps me love my home again. Heck, I could use some life changing magic in my life right now! I hope you follow along and find humor in it all.
My favorite line in the book that had me literally laughing out:
Balling your socks and stockings, or tying them into knots, is cruel. Please put an end to this practice today. – Marie Kondo