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I actually read a book! This is 100% not the book I would've expected to pick up and read in a weekend, yet Here We Are.

Marie Kondo is a Japanese decluttering consultant, and she's recently become much more visible after doing a Netflix reality show. But I first heard about her a couple of years ago from my friend Ciel on Twitter/Mastodon; Ciel has mentioned using the KonMari method for some time now. He remarked that a lot of the book is Marie saying "I did [X] once [or many times]! It turned out to be a terrible idea. Don't do that yourself." This approach -- that frankness in speaking of one's own missteps along the path -- sounded endearing and I decided to put the book on reserve at the library.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a surprisingly fun, quick read. Props to the author and her translator for taking the boring topic of "how to make your home a better place to live" and making it entertaining.

It's also way more persuasive than I expected. What makes the book special to me is less its tips on process and more "Marie Kondo will now give you permission to get rid of all that stuff you own and don't like and don't use but feel guilty about throwing away." Halfway through the book, I started laundry. As soon as my clothes were clean, I put the book down to dump the clean laundry, all the clothing from my drawers, and a chunk of clothes from my closet onto the couch and proceeded to weed out two-thirds of it. Felt great!

I don't know if I will have my life changed by this book -- it's a lot of stuff to go through, and a lot of the things in my house are Lut's and not mine. One of the charming things about the book, however, is the way it tells you to handle living with other people. "Don't worry about their things. Just take care of your own stuff and your own possessions. That's probably the real source of your clutter-related anxiety anyway." So I can separate out what's mine and go through it and if the place is still cluttered afterwards, that's okay.

Also, it made me realize that almost all the stuff in the bedroom is mine. Trask has his side of the headboard and a few things stored under the bed, but almost everything in their is mine to declutter. MWAHAHA.

If nothing else, I will have 3 fewer bags full of clothing I don't like and don't wear.

Anyway, fun book, recommended if you have a cluttered home and wish you didn't. Especially if you feel guilty for throwing things out. MARIE KONDO WILL ABSOLVE YOUR GUILT. It's great.

Date: 2019-02-04 01:59 am (UTC)
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*laugh* Konmari is everywhere! My friend has been talking about it for a year or so, too, and this Christmas when I visited her I read the manga and the book- now I'm a convert, too! I like her philosophy of surrounding yourself with things you actually love.
And I now fold my laundry. O.o

Date: 2019-02-04 07:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
I've got my own emotional needs for Stuff, but I hear she's actually gentle on that and can go straight to "well, STORE IT PROPERLY THEN," and that's inspirational for me, and that's how a large chunk of manga and comics got sorted out before Arisia. O;D

(glad that you are having fun!)

Date: 2019-02-04 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Mine is rooted in my sire's frequent emotional abuse (mostly aimed at my mom, but this had a lot of splatter) of "the IRS will take everything" if we don't succeed in having the family business make us rich again. 😑

I was raised adjacent to economic anxiety & the assumption that New Things might not ever happen again, and everything should be hung onto in case it had to be liquidated for debt.

Combine this with using a really messy room to get privacy from parents, and a minor paranoia about possible burglars & I suspect Better Storage is a huge, huge win over here. The Stuff is more important than joy: it's security.

Plus if I can get the comics & manga in order, I can catch up to reading the dang things!

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April 2019


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