Friday, February 5, 2016
Tidying According to Marie
Seeing that it's become such a phenomenon, I bought Marie Kondo's book on "tidying" (a word I hate) for the school library. The kids won't be interested, but the parents, teachers and staff might.
It arrived a few days ago and I've been reading it -- not out of necessity, because I'm habitually pretty neat. I'm just curious about her approach and her success. So far I'm about a third of the way through and my initial take, as I told another blogger pal, is that she's a little bit crazy. Apparently, as a young girl, she was sneaking into her relatives' rooms and closets to throw things away. Throwing out other peoples' possessions crosses a line for me (though I've certainly been tempted).
I think some of her tips are good. The key to her success, it seems to me, is the very Japanese notion of thanking each object for its service before discarding it. This simple tip helps relieve the owner's guilt about throwing the item away. It's an emotional salve that enables the discarding.
We do need a bit of tidying here. Our bookshelf is getting a little out of hand, as is our garden shed, and God knows I'll be glad when the weather warms up enough to put some of these plants back outside. This morning I cleaned off the hall table, where Dave's mail has been accumulating -- he tends to ignore paper mail, so I have to go through it every now and then, and it really is mostly trash. (I guess that counts as discarding another person's stuff but it's not like I'm digging into his wardrobe!)
I have trouble figuring out what to do with my RPS magazine. It's a really nice publication, on nice heavy paper. But I can't save them all -- it would be ridiculous to try. Into the recycling they will go, like all my other magazines, I suppose. Marie would agree!
(Photo: Sprucing up a pub in West Hampstead.)