The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Marie Kondo does not spark joy, but it works

In book reviews by Karina Meerman


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo My rating: 2 of 5 stars The author is completely crazy and has ben obsessively tidying up her family’s home and lives since a very early age. The writing is repetitive and reads – in English – like an American advertorial. I would give it one star. However.

To throw everything out of one’s life that does not “spark joy” is very good advice and the repetition does drive the message home. She even has an order for the categories one should go through. Starting with clothes. That worked for me: I have very little in my wardrobe now but everything fits and everything looks great. It has made my mornings a lot easier. I live in a small apartment and am quite adept at throwing away, but Marie Kondo has given me courage to throw out even more.

Now – gods forbid – I find I’m eyeing my book case for unloved books. Or for books that do not spark enough joy – and whose departure would make room for new books…. but I’d need to find a good home for them first. Another star for making my mornings easier. I won’t give more than that, because although her ideas are very interesting, there’s no excuse for poor writing. Also: not folding my underwear or socks. Ever. View all my reviews