Monday, 4 January 2016

The Quirky Little Book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." - A Review


All right. I read the nutty little book. 

Apparently READING a book about house cleaning is easier than actually house cleaning. 

Anyway, I got curious and perused a copy more quickly than anticipated when not one but TWO ladies I respect sounded like they had mixed views on its efficacy. Hmmm...


None of this letting your socks breathe, lightening to the right and running your hands over your linens.  

I barely have time to run my hands over my hair.

However, there are a few principles from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up I feel like I can apply in my downsizing.

1.     Keep it simple.

2.     Go through your house and purge it, piece by piece in one category of STUFF, not rooms of the house. She suggests these as categories:

a.     clothes

b.     books

c.     documents

d.     sundry

e.     mementos

3.     Storing like items in only ONE place in the house (if there are a bunch of family members, clearly designated storage areas).

4.     Everyone having their own spot (sanctuary).

5.     Store things by frequency of use so they get put away every time.

Ideas I likely may not apply:

1.     All vertical storage. Stack every darn thing vertically... including carrots in the fridge.

2.     She lost me at “empty your bag altogether every day.” 
       She has never seen the inside of my diaper bag. I don't want to.

3.     Aforementioned sock habits.

While I can't get behind her life philosophy, this is a quirky little book and it's a quick read. I am drawn to Marie's insistence on gratitude and appreciation of the ease of life provided by our belongings. I think it's important to be aware of how many little conveniences we enjoy. 

Plus, these three little quotes from the book hit home for me. Maybe they're more deeply ingrained in the western psyche than I'd like to admit:

Letting go is even more important than adding.

Life becomes far easier once you know that things will still work out even if you are lacking something.

Your real life begins after putting your house in order.

Vertical carrots for thought. 

Plus Emily's going to LOOOOVE dumping all our stuff on the floor, then talking to it. This week? We're starting with shoes


  1. I have a purse that is so full of I don't even know what that I'm so afraid to clean it.... I just can't be bothered to go through it all.
    I'm lucky if I keep up with dishes and vacuuming.

    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

    1. EXACTLY. Never mind laundry and... oh I think I have laundry sitting in the washer. Yup. Gotta go.


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