just really hard to get into. the stars are not a reflection of how I feel about her or the life she lived--- her family seems really great, actually-just really hard to get into. the stars are not a reflection of how I feel about her or the life she lived--- her family seems really great, actually--- just that the writing was too.... bland? I don't know how else to put it. ...more
Great de-cluttering philosophy book. Filled with very Japanese-Shinto spiritual outlook which can be 'ridiculous' if you just want a pragmatic book, bGreat de-cluttering philosophy book. Filled with very Japanese-Shinto spiritual outlook which can be 'ridiculous' if you just want a pragmatic book, but that is why I say it is "philosophy". and since I have lived in Asia and actually really appreciate an Asian aesthetic (LOVE clean lines and simple decor) AND philosophy, this is a book I wouldn't mind owning and re-reading every few years. I LOVED the counsel to surround yourself with things that bring you joy. That makes sense to me. and while Kondo has been heavily criticized for her anthropomorphic tendencies towards inanimate objects, I wasn't bothered by the counsel to 'thank your (name a possession)' because I think we all tend to 'animate' things we love just a little bit. (cars with personalities, anyone?) I found this gratitude counsel helpful in letting go of things--- it releases guilt and allows me to focus on the good I received from the possession while allowing me to let it go from my home. I also think we should be daily grateful for our possessions, though my gratitude ascends to my Heavenly Father, and I think it doesn't hurt to acknowledge each belonging we have that contributes to our happiness every day. I also liked that she indicates this is highly personal, as what brings joy to one person may not be the same as the next. Overall, a great read that gave me the impetus to sort through my belongings before a big move and helped me surround myself with the best both physically and mentally.
I withheld a star for 3 reasons: 1. She acknowledges that hoarding is not good and that holding on to things because we might need them in the future is fearing the future rather than living in the present. BUT she fails to consider, for example, families that are not finished having children and need to hold on to sets of clothing until that chapter is closed. Or maternity and post maternity wardrobes. She also fails to consider the wisdom in maintaining a store of items for emergencies (I'm not talking about ginormous dooms-day collections, I'm talking about being prepared), particularly since I believe those who are prepared are FREED from fear rather than captivated by it. 2. In her counsel to get rid of things that don't inspire joy, she encourages us to keep only the things we truly love... but what about those who don't have financial means to search out the "perfect" item and must instead be satisfied with a less-than ideal shirt from Goodwill? Sometimes it is important to make do or do without. And sometimes that means holding on to something because you can't afford to buy what you REALLY want right now. She doesn't even address this, just assumes we either have means to replace things or really don't need it. That isn't always the case. 3. This could be the fault of translation, but her attitude towards storage comes across as 'my way is the only right way' as though it was a mandate from Heaven that one empty a purse every evening, keep a sponge on the veranda, and roll (NOT FOLD!!!) socks in the drawer. Kind of condescending if you ask me. I say, once you've de-cluttered and freed your life from what you don't want anymore, just keep things organized however you enjoy it!...more