What Sisters and Oblates Are Reading

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


by Marie Kondo
Ten Speed Press

Sister Linda Romey

On a fluke, I downloaded the book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing thinking it might help me lighten my load of stuff. As I listened I realized that the author made some really good points—so I decided to buy a copy and put some of Marie’s ideas into practice.

For example, she suggests tidying (sorting, discarding, storing) by category and beginning with the easiest category, clothing. Next, pull together everything in that category from every drawer, closet, shelf, box, storage bin and go through it all at once. Hold each piece, ask yourself if it still gives you joy. If not, let it go.

After discarding what no longer gives you joy, Marie then offers suggestions for folding and storing so that everything you keep is visible and accessible in your closet or drawers. And, just because you have storage space doesn’t mean you need to cram it full. Nor does she suggest buying storage solutions. They won’t be needed after you finish. The idea isn’t more efficient storing, it is discarding.

The most difficult category to sort and cull, mementos, Marie saves for last. By the time you get there, you’ll be so practiced at the magic of tidying up that you’ll be able to discard even the things that you once cherished but that no longer really give you joy.

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