Book Review The Changing Magic of Tiding U

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This woman must have a very serious case of OCD, what kid enjoys tidying up not just her room, but her siblings and parents rooms as well? And she thinks tidying up your house is fun????
There are too many outlandish claims here. I cannot believe that none of her clients have ever rebounded as she claims and that all of the them have told her after taking her course that “Folding is fun!!!” I also don’t believe her claim that if you tidy your stuff other family member’s will suddenly want to do this as well. And folding clothes transfers positive energy to our clothes?
This book should have been a blog post; lots of filling with one small message, throw your stuff out! I would recommend you only read chapter three.

Here are the only unique points in this book:

DO NOT: Tidy a little a day. Tidy up ONCE, then daily tidying is using something and then PUTTING IT BACK in it’s place.

Do not tidy one room or drawer at a time, do this by categories: clothes, shoes, books, etc. Pull out every item of the category, create a pile and make decisions on what to keep.

Tidying up is: decide whether to dispose something or decide where to put it.

Don’t keep things, just because they were a gift. Only keep things that are used and bring you joy .

Store things Vertically, things at the bottom of piles tend to get forgotten. Fold clothes so they are stored standing up, so you can see them like the spines of a book.

Get rid of stuff until you reach an aha moment and you “know” that is the right amount of stuff for you.
I tried the folding method and it does give you more space in your dresser, but it has some serious flaws. It takes all day to take out and refold everything. If you make the rectangles just a little to big, the drawer will shut, but will not re-open. If you do not have enough shirts etc for a row, the vertical stack just falls over. You can NEVER take you clothes out to have them done for you because they will not fold your clothes in this method.  Oh, and this confirmed for me that folding is NOT fun!!!!

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Book Review: Girl Sent Away

Girl Sent AwayGirl Sent Away by Lynne Griffin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Girl Sent Away by Lynne Griffin is the story of Ava, a teenager troubled by the loss of her mother and sister at an early age. As her behavior becomes worse, her father decides it is time to get help and sends her to a “school” for troubled teens, Mount Hope. But the school is not the helpful, peaceful place described in the brochure. This book is a good story and a very fast read, great for a weekend or a long plane ride. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

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