Book #11 for 2016
PopSugar Challenge Categories:
– A book translated to English
– A New York Times bestseller
– A self-improvement book
– A book with a blue cover
– A book from the library
– A book that takes place on an island
Personal Challenge Category:
– A book written in the second person
Okay, okay, you’re right: Marie Kondo is batshit crazy. But you say that like it’s a bad thing.
Yes, she talks to inanimate objects and anthropomorphizes her belongings in a way unique to Japanese culture. But anybody who knows me and my beloved Ténèbre (she’s a Chrysler and she turned 11 last December) can attest that I’m not quite sane in this regard. So Kondo turned out to be a decent guide for me.
The book did have its drawbacks. Kondo’s tone was condescendingly repetitive at times, and her persona feels manufactured. Much of her advice is not the least bit groundbreaking, and I do think the book is way over-hyped, but she makes some points worth considering. Among my takeaways:
– Some things have served their purpose in your life simply by having been part of your life.
– Sorting by category instead of location is worth a shot.
– Joy is a personal thing, and there is no accounting for taste.
Kondo and I will never agree on certain things. For instance, spare buttons are cool in and of themselves. And the very idea of a house full of books I haven’t read yet sparks in me unimaginable joy. Also, having lots of toilet paper is a virtue. Seriously, I would love to take this woman to a Costco, just to watch her head explode. But first, I need to KonMari the daylights out of my sock drawer.