The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingMarie Kondo; Ten Speed Press 2014WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder

I’m listening to this book on my Kindle during the interstices in my day. So far it has been a disappointment.

The first half of the book is the memoir of a woman who has been obsessed with tidying since kindergarten — so much so that her grades suffered as she sat on the floor by the hour staring at garbage bags.

Things pick up at that point and there are some intriguing claims:

  • Tidying should not be done room by room, but category by category of goods, starting with clothes, then books, and so forth.
  • Clothing should be folded into tiny packets and stored vertically in drawers.
  • Socks can’t rest properly if they’re rolled into balls.
  • Papers should all be thrown away.
  • Handbags should be nested in one another like Matrushka dolls.

I haven’t tried any of these things yet, but I’m just about ready to begin spring cleaning. I might be influenced.