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Book Review of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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I have a lot of stuff. I was hoping this book would help, and was prepared to deal with the silliness of talking to my possessions. When I got to the part on clothing, I was prepared to give up (although I did read the entire book). Marie Kondo tells you to keep only the things that bring you joy. Then she says "If you are a woman, try wearing something elegant as nightwear. The worst thing you can do is to wear a sloppy sweat suit." I read this while wearing my favorite pair of sweatpants and my favorite sweatshirt. They bring me joy as they are so soft and warm and comfortable! "Elegant" pajamas are not comfortable and definitely do not bring me joy, so why should I wear them?

And don't even get me started on throwing things away! She says her clients generally throw out 30 to 40 bags of trash during her tidying process. What about donating them to charity? Those items may not bring joy to you but may be just what someone else was looking for. Recycling is a good thing!

I found the tone of the book to be judgmental, and extremely wasteful. This book doesn't bring me joy, so I'm passing it on to someone else!