(K. Brent Tomer),
TIDYING up is serious business. “Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order,” says Marie Kondo, whose bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” has elevated a household chore into a process of emancipation and self-discovery. This audacious rebranding effort has proved wildly successful: a mix of Christmas gift-giving and New Year’s resolutions has propelled “Tidying” to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. The Japanese author now appears beside Barack Obama and Pope Francis on Time’s list of the world’s most influential people.
So how can a de-cluttering manifesto change the world? First of all, Ms Kondo laments that tidying is criminally misunderstood. The main problem is not that people tidy too infrequently, but that they own far too much to be able to tidy properly, she says. We should throw away rather than put away, so that we may surround ourselves only with belongings that “spark joy” in our life.
Millions of readers attest to the method’s effectiveness. Discarding the unnecessary brings clarity and helps us appreciate our favourite things, they argue. Those committed…Continue reading