The third book I finished this year satisified the 13th category on the reading challenge list - a self-improvement book. I sincerely wanted to be improved by this book. I was on the library waiting list for probably a couple months before I received this book as a gift. It was not all I hoped it would be.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo mostly sounded just ridiculous to me. I wanted to like it. I wanted that 'aha' moment when I would suddenly throw down the book and run to start tidying. I got as far as my shoes, which are primarily mixed with the rest of my family's shoes. I got rid of a lot of my old shoes that didn't bring me joy. I got rid of my children's shoes that didn't bring me joy. But I didn't feel right doing anything with hubby's shoes, so the ones that didn't have a match in the shoe closet ended up in the clothes closet, and his sandals are still in the shoe closet with everyone else's winter boots.
See, the author is obviously single. Tidying just my stuff? Sounds like fun, actually. Tidying four people's stuff, because if I just tidy mine nothing will look any different? No, thanks.
My real laughing started in chapter four - "Storing your things to make your life shine." She recommends that you 'Empty your bag everyday.' Yeah. Like come home (usually five minutes later than I'm supposed to be leaving on my next errand) and take out your identification, your bus pass, your company identification, and put them in a special box. Then put your bag away as well so it can rest. Huh?
Later on the same page, she says it's all right if you can't empty your bag sometimes, and admits, "...there have been times when I came home and fell asleep on the floor without even changing my clothes." Seriously? My bag may only get emptied once a year or so (to get the receipts out of the bottom for tax time..), but I sleep in a bed every night.
Sorry, I digress. Anyway, this book was obviously not for me. I know it was very popular when it came out, and I've heard people swear by her methods, but I just really couldn't take it seriously. She'd probably say it's some defensive flaw deep in my psyche, but I'm okay with that.
If you read this book and didn't enjoy it, let me know I'm not alone! If you sincerely did like this book, please let me know what your favorite positive take-away was. :)