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I am a sucker for self improvement books- how to lose weight, sew my own slipcovers, plant an herb garden, and make my own baby food. I also love to collect vintage dishes, books, and I have a home office so clutter control is high on my radar. When I saw a demonstration of the Marie Kondo folding system, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of her book, The Life Changing magic of Tidying Up. It is an international bestseller and the author is one of the most famous women in Japan.
But from the first pages, I could not really see how the “Kon Mari” method would work for me. For example she recommends eliminating almost all of your books and store the remaining few volumes in closets. Turns out she was thinking of the Janpanese closets which includes bookcase like shelves. She also does not believe in any type of conventional storage boxes. Her only recommendation for storage turns out to be the white cardboard boxes that Apple use to package their products. It just makes me wonder just how many Apple phones, laptops and tablets she owns.
The book is dotted with anecdotes and advice that seem odd:
* Empty your handbag each night and put away all the contents.
*Hang your kitchen and bathroom sponges on your veranda to dry ( veranda???)
* When you take over your shoes at the door, thank them for their hard work during the day
* Difficulties of storing Shinto shrine charms
* Advice for mom’s who host teas or give flower arranging classes in their home
I also realized that there was no mention of the vast amount of equipment,clothing, and toys that come with the arrival of children in the home. Not is there any awareness of the millions of people who work at home. Its clear that Marie Kondo has never seen the necessary clutter of strollers, bikes and car seats much less met an eight year old boy with a Lego collection.
I did a bit of research on the author and I was not surprised she was barely 30, single and childless. She just had not the life experiences that create clutter or tried to negociate with a spouse to give up his collection of running shoes and baseball caps. I do think her advice would be helpful for young people who live alone in a a small space, but dumping the content of a family home in the middle of the floor would be terrifying.
However the folding technique does give you at least 20% more space in sweater and underwear drawers. Unfortuneatly the explanation in the book is is very difficult to follow. Happily there are great videos on YouTube demonstrating the magical fold. There, I just saved you $16.00 and increased your drawer space by 20%.
Since this book did not have the answers I was looking for, does anyone know of an effective declutter/storage system?