MWD BoM: May 2017 – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

MWD BoM: May 2017 – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

“Clutter has only two possible causes: too much effort is required to put things away or it is unclear where things belong.” ~ Marie Kondo

The calendar has flipped and it’s time for a new title in MWD’s Bestowed Book-O-the-Month. For May of 2017, I’m giving away a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This book was a runaway hit in 2015, has sold more than 2 million copies, is in its 56th printing, and has launched an entire “Tidying Up” industry for Kondo, who now has 4 titles connected to her “KonMari Method.”

Normally, runaway commercial success does not guarantee that a book is good and worth reading, but it also doesn’t mean the book is a mainstream piece of jetsam. For me, I thoroughly enjoyed this title and found it applied to more than just folding my clothes in a more efficient (and humane, according to Kondo) way. The quote above is a good example.

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Kondo’s method is based around discovering which items in your house (and your life) “spark joy” and which ones do not. When it comes to this decision point, Kondo advises, “if you come across something that does not spark joy but that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away, stop for a moment and ask yourself, ‘Am I having trouble getting rid of this because of an attachment to the past or because of a fear for the future?’” Wise advice that applies to more than just your purposely-torn-in-now-embarrassing-places Motley Crue t-shirt.

Congratulations to Libby, who was the winner of the April drawing and is now the proud owner of Paulo Cohen’s The Alchemist.


The Bestowed Book-O-the-Month is a monthly book give away to one lucky winner randomly drawn from subscribers of my email newsletter. This giveaway will be a new copy of something I’ve read within the last 24 months so I can make sure I’m passing along a title I would recommend people spend their own hard-earned money on. I’ll also include a page (or two or three – depending on the book) of notes I took while reading the book.

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