After eagerly awaiting for the international bestseller over 2 million copies sold "the life-changing magic of tidying up" - for months...since I reserved it at my local library, it finally arrived!!
I was eager to delve into the Japanese tidying up tips since, although I am not living in a cluttered home, there is always that one closet.....
Safe to say from many of the tips provided, the author must live alone and not have any children...
Irregardless of that, the book borders on OCD to the extreme.
The author gets excited in a way about cleaning that I have not seen elsewhere - e.g. Page 79 "When you stand in front of a closet that has been organized.....you will feel your heart beat faster and the cells in your body buzz with energy. This energy will also be transmitted to your clothes."
She also compares balling up socks to committing genocide.
And the "clothes have feelings" quotes are plentiful:
"Be careful not to bury clothes in the cupboard even if they are off-season . Clothes that have been shut up for half a year look wilted...instead let some light and air in occasionally. Let them know you care and look forward to wearing them when they are in season." Page 85
I truly could use a few tips, so I will plod along...and hope for a few nuggets between the drivel.
As many have said in the reviews, the book can be summed up into one sentence. "Does the item bring you joy" - There, I saved you buying the book.
if you have some time to kill, check out the reviews on Amazon, especially the one from the husband who said something along the lines of "I hate this book. My wife tossed out my old iPod charger, and now I can't charge it"
The book does encourage a HUGE overhaul at once, not tossing out things here and there every day. For some people that is probably what is needed, but if you, like me, are just in need of smaller scale tidying help...this may not be the book for you.
*I copied some of this from my facebook page since I was too lazy to retype it, hence the different fonts ;)