I bought her book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ as a Christmas present to myself in 2016. I’d been meaning to buy it for a while, and in my last minute “I’ll just buy books for everyone for Christmas” spree, I saw it on one of the tables in Waterstones and picked it up.
Marie Kondo’s book very much found me at the right moment in my life, I read it in a few days, and began the KonMari process in the new year. At that point in my life, I was struggling with work and had just begun a trial separation with my then partner of nearly ten years.
In beginning the process, effectively sorting through my life, the difficult elements in my life began to resolve. Only a few months later, Isolde and I decided to leave our old jobs, and start Woven Ink, not long then after, my relationship came to its natural end, and then a few months after that, I met my now fiancé, who brings me more joy than I could have ever imagined.
One of the most poignant quotes from the book, which has stayed with me for obvious reasons, reads: ‘The moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change.” Never have two sentences rung so true.
Kondo is an inspiration to me, not only for how her KonMari method profoundly shifted the way I think about the things and people I bring into my life, but also because of who she is. She’s worked hard on her craft, honing it and tinkering with it for years to get to the point she’s at now. And most importantly, her motivation is the most wonderful of all motivations - joy.
You really should read her book, if you haven’t already. It’s beautiful.