The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Paper Swallow Events

Hello Lovelies! This evening I'm popping in to share a little about a book I just finished that I think you may enjoy. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo was a quick read that I found full of helpful tips for living an organized life (even though they are contrary to what most of popular culture tells us.)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was a great book to read at my point in my decluttering journey. I'm an avid reader of the blog Un-Fancy and love reading tips + tricks for organizing, but a lot of the time the principles or the numbers these sources stick to don't line up with my own goals. The approach that Kondo laid out for her readers was written in clear and easy-to-read language, with occasional cheesiness.

I really liked how she gave examples to back up why and how her systems have worked for herself and so many other people. I also liked how her system revolved around how your possessions make you feel instead of adhering to a strict number. She encourages you to ask "does this item bring me joy?" while you decide if you're going to get rid of it. I find this approach much easier than forcing myself to stick to a number that may not even work for my lifestyle. 

I will say that her habit of thanking each item for a job well done felt very cheesy from my own perspective, but I also recognize that for some people this is a type of closure that they need in order to relieve the guilt they may feel for purging an item from their home. 

Living a decluttered life, where I am surrounded by the things that I love and am not constantly battling getting things back to their homes is a personal goal that I've been working on ever since Michael and I got married. We've made a good headway, and this book was a great refueling of motivation to finish the job I've started. Kondo brought up some systems that I hadn't come across before and am eager to try. If you're looking to live a less cluttered life, this book is definitely worth a read!

I also think this book would be a great read for engaged couples to help them try and determine the lifestyle they want to lead together as they merge two homes into one.

My favorite two principles from the book were these two: 

"Keep things because you love them - not 'just because.'"


"Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out."

How do you approach decluttering your house or living a more minimalist lifestyle?



This book was provided by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. I would not share it if I did not think that it would be of value to my readers.