So I caved to public pressure and was prepared to hold a cheese grater and ask myself, sincerely, if it sparked joy. I willingly piled all of my crap onto my bed and then audibly thanked cardigans and asymmetrical hemlines for their service, as I stuffed them into bin bags. I even went so far as to tell people that Marie Kondo was right about the fact that ‘storage is a booby trap’.
But about a third of the way through The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo went off the rails. Really, seriously bloody berserk. And my willingness to play along ground to a halt. Why? Because of her abominable attitude toward books*. And I quote:
“Books are essentially paper – sheets of paper printed with letters and bound together. Their true purpose is to be read, to convey the information to their readers. It’s the information they contain that has meaning. There is no meaning in them just being on your shelves.” WRONG.
“Unread books – ‘sometime’ means ‘never’.
You may have wanted to read it when you bought it, but if you haven’t read it by now, the book’s purpose was to teach you that you didn’t need it.” WHAT THE ACTUAL?
“I finally decided to rip the relevant page out of the book.” YES, THIS WAS THE BIT WHERE SHE WAS TRANSCRIBING PASSAGES FROM BOOKS SHE LIKED AND THEN GETTING RID OF THE BOOKS. BUT TRANSCRIBING WAS TAKING TOO LONG AND SHE COULDN’T BE STUFFED PHOTOCOPYING SO SHE JUST RIPPED THE PAGES OUT. RIPPED. THEM. OUT. AND THEN A YEAR LATER SHE CAME ACROSS THE RIPPED PAGES AND REALISED THAT SHE HADN’T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT THEM SO SHE CHUCKED THE RIPPED PAGES OUT AS WELL. SO ALL THOSE BOOKS DIED FOR NOTHING.
“I don’t need a bookcase because I store my books and papers on one of the shelves in the shoe cupboard.” WHERE’S THE RESPECT? *DROPS MIC*
2/5 Yes, I got rid of a lot of clothes. But no to the rest.
*appreciate the irony here, given that she’s written a best-selling book. To her credit, she clearly states that she is happy for you to chuck her book in the bin** once you’ve finished.
**don’t even get me started on the landfill issues associated with a #KondoMar lifestyle.