So, it's Spring. Alot of us are thinking about cleaning up, and it's something I think alot about, because it's what I do. I grew up with a parent who practically sterilized our house, and if you sat down on something, she would smooth it over as soon as you got up. It was neurotic.
In my house, you will definitely find dustbunnies, and the odd cobweb. But on whole, my dishes are done, my counters are clean, and the floors are swept. But clutter, oh, the clutter. I am a knitter (spinner, sewist, needlepointer, cross-stitcher....) so I have alot of supplies. However, they are organized and tidy and I do know exactly what I have. The crawlspace, and the garage, not so much. Those are not my domains.
I wish I did. The author names her routine after herself. If you follow her advice, it's simple: start in your closet, and take out every single item. If you don't feel love and excitement about it, then it goes. This is the premise of the book. Then you move on to other things (you're also advised not to store out-of-season clothes).
(Rant coming on)- I like to be open-minded. I read this, and my niece read it (I value her opinion). We both came to the same conclusion. Maybe if you live in Japan, and are restricted space-wise, I can see where this might be helpful. But let's be honest. I live in a middle-class home, larger by Japanese standards, but not a mansion. I accumulate. Human beings do. We are programmed to buy- even if it's groceries (just try getting out of the store for under 100.00 bucks!)- and so, this book is way off the mark. The author advocates laying folded clothes sideways in the drawer, which would cause all kinds of havoc when you actually try to remove something.
By the time you have implemented the Kon-Mari (yes!) system, not only will you have conquered clutter, you will never have to do it again. You have arrived at a clutter free life, once and for all. As I neared the end of the book, I came to the conclusion, well, she's deluded.
Life simply isn't lived that way. And I don't care where you live, it isn't the reality. So, like all the rest of us, have a Spring Clean, and put aside the things you no longer want, because guess what, it's GARAGE SALE season.
I think this book will be tossed on the pile-
Oh, and happy Spring.