What I'm Reading: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

1/20/2016

What I'm Reading: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo — a Modern Mrs.
I need to read more. I live in the land of books o'plenty, and I haven't picked up a book to read since... well, I can't recall exactly. I can tell you I was living in Maryland, and I can tell you what book (Multiple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin), but that's it.

I used to read all the time. I loved to read all throughout my childhood and adolescence. From Berenstain Bears and Babysitter's Club, to Sweet Valley High and Fear Street. I even aspired to become a teen fiction author! (This is where my love of writing began.) However, the older I became, the harder it was to get through a book. I would get bored. So, I tried different genres, and still... couldn't finish a book. I gave up.

Every so often I'd pass an interesting cover, or hear rave reviews, and check it out. I even attempted Tina Fey's Bossypants at my old library not too long ago, but didn't even make it halfway. It was entertaining, yes, but I put it down one evening, and never picked it back up (except to return it). C'mon! What kind of example am I setting for my avid readers? Both L and E adore books, and I don't want that to end because they don't see me with one.

Time for some backstory... I'm in a cleaning group on Facebook; Laundry Love & Science. I started seeing a lot of posts and comments mentioning this Konmari Method show up in my feed. After a while, I was curious enough to look into it. I mean, I'm a tidy person. I hate clutter. This seems like something I should entertain. And what the hell are they talking about, anyway?!

I bought the book.

In a nutshell, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is an instruction guide to the Konmari Method; "the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing." The idea is that once you complete this book, and have accomplished the tasks therein, you will have eliminated the clutter in your life, and will be happier as a whole. Once you do this, the need will never arise again — you will have tidied and organized your home, and it should stay that way... forever! (Aside from the general cleaning duties like dishes, laundry, etc.)

It sat on my desk for about a month or so due to the holidays, and simply not having the time to read anything. However, I decided I needed to get on it, and earlier this month I finally picked it up and began reading. I'm too early on to provide any insight, but I have also joined the Konmari Method group on Facebook, and that's a great way to get a glimpse of the process.

Currently Reading and book reviews are something I'd like to continue/start doing moving forward, and maybe even begin a book club on Goodreads! How fun would that be? And what a great way to keep each other motivated.

Have you heard of the Konmari Method? What are you currently reading? Would you be interested in seeing more of these posts, and book reviews in the future? Share in the comments below!

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