A Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo (2014)

8 thoughts on “A Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo (2014)”

  1. I was in Barnes and Noble the other day to buy a copy of David McCullough’s new book on the Wright brothers, and saw this little volume next to it on the best seller stand. Since I am a pack-rat as well especially when it comes to books, I was curious and thought about buying it. Glad that I held off until I read this review.

  2. My husband and I are currently wading through some govn’ red tape in purchasing a home. while our offer is accepted, we haven’t closed yet due to these requirements. We had to be out of our previous residence, so currently “trailer trash”: living in an RV. While I don’t like it? It has taught me many things. I have always lived with the concept that less is more. Right now, all my stuff is in storage. Even most of our clothing. And the only thing I really really miss? Are my books. I have been successfully living without MOST of my things, and I am alive and well and thriving in Iowa. I have amazed myself what I can live without. I have never been a neat person. You should see my desk right now. But perhaps with less stuff I can be more tidy. I am encouraged to get rid of even more things. I will pick up this book.

  3. Dr. Groothuis, Great article & insight!  Living here and seeing the influences of Shintoism, it’s heart breaking.   From: Dr. Douglas Groothuis To: rozmica@yahoo.com Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 12:02 AM Subject: [New post] A Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo (2014) #yiv4930732912 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4930732912 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4930732912 a.yiv4930732912primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4930732912 a.yiv4930732912primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4930732912 a.yiv4930732912primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4930732912 a.yiv4930732912primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4930732912 WordPress.com | Douglas Groothuis posted: “Marie Kondo  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Ten Speed Press, 2014.Animism for Cluttered Materialists would have been a better title for this small and unlikely New York Times #1 best-seller. Tha” | |

  4. Your insight is both timely and instructive and has more than temporal significance. There seems to be a widespread realization that we have gotten off track and I’m hearing this same desire to simplify and unclutter from all corners of Christ’s Body. What’s that old hymn say? “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face…”

  5. Years ago I lived for quite a while out of a couple of suitcases in a barn with no plumbing. Bath was a sponge and a basin. Heat was a little glowing thing under the sink (fortunately we had electricity). Furniture was a bed that housed bed bugs. Looking back, there’s this sense I missed a lot, as though my past couldn’t possibly have been complete without all the accouterments of a sweet little newlywed apartment. As though I had the RIGHT then to be as burdened with stuff as I am now. It hurts my brain that I can think this way, yet I manage to.

  6. Actually, a Christian tonic for excess and materialism exists, and its blade is aimed unerringly towards a heart’s pride. Jen Hatmaker wrote “The 7 Experiment: A Mutiny Against Excess,” a tasteful, humble challenge I read and now recommend. Yet, truly, secularists and Christians alike are waking up to the beauty of simplicity.

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