You may have read already read the rave reviews, but what no one has told you about Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is that it is a beautiful little volume you’ll enjoy holding in your hands and the magic lies in the last few chapters.
Along with detailed tutorials on how to tidy in “marathon’” style to avoid “rebounding” and exactly how to roll one’s socks - Kondo encourages you to only acquire and hold onto the things that truly spark “joy” because “being surrounded by things that spark joy makes you happy.”
It isn’t until the last chapter of the book that she reveals the magic really lies in accumulating and tidying less. She points out you can truly cherish only a few things at a time - and spending your time acquiring and tidying a mountain of possessions defeats the purpose of life. In her words: “...put your house in order now, once and forever….Pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life. I am convinced that putting your house in order will help you find the mission that speaks to your heart. Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.”