The Art of Living in the Present

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not a big fan of self-help books but this was exactly what I needed right now. At the risk of sounding maudlin, I’ve had to clean out friends’ apartments after they passed away and it was excruciating–half of me was looking at their belongings and thinking, “This was a person’s life” the other half was thinking, “This has to go.” I promised myself I would never do this to my friends after I pass away.

This book has been getting a lot of press lately, with it’s motto of only keep what sparks joy; however, I think the real message of this book is “Live your current life.” I’m not hoarder by any definition of the word, but I have been dragging books and mementoes around with me for nearly 30 years and it’s time to let go.

I got rid of a couple of bags of clothes and linens while I was reading the book, but I’m really looking forward to doing a deep dive into my belongings, taking stock of my possessions and keeping only what I need.

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About garpinbc

Author of the forthcoming "Same Love" published by Lorimer, as well as the memoir "Foodsluts at Doll & Penny's Cafe", and the YA short, "Haters Gotta Hate".
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