That's right, today we approach what many consider to be THE modern organization bible. And I will preface this review by admitting that I am a disciple of Marie Kondo's Konmari method. Her philosophy on how to interact with the things we own is what took me from an organizer to a declutterer, from someone who rearranged messes to someone who disposed of them completely. Kondo's approach to decluttering is polarizing-- many find it too strict, and the fact that it goes against our conventional organizing wisdom (cleaning room by room, having a "maybe" pile, waiting to make decisions until later) means that many professional organizers balk at the idea of introducing Konmari into their business practice. But for so many people who are organized or want to be organized, this book can expose why we haven't achieved our perfect tidiness. It allows us to acknowledge the bond we have with our belongings and utilize it to part with them in a way that respects that emotional attachment. And on top of the philosophical and anecdotal, Kondo introduces real, actionable steps that we can take not only to rid ourselves of the unnecessary or unwanted, but to properly order that which does serve a purpose or bring us joy.
One of the key differences between Kondo's version of what could be called minimalism and minimalism in a traditional sense is that Kondo recognizes that items can bring us job, albeit not in the excess to which they tend to gather in our homes. Items that seemingly serve no purpose but make us happy are not automatically refuse-- because joy-giving is a purpose. Kondo's ability to weave practicality with the psychology of what makes us happy makes this book absolutely necessary reading for anyone who wants to feel joyful in their space.