Am I the only one who finds it funny I wonder?
She makes me laugh when she says thing like Thank you very much for your hard work to her shoes when she puts them away....and makes me smile again when I try it and laugh when I find it works! (It's a gratitude practice really.)
She describes herself as obsessive and a bit neurotic at times, and she surely is, but there are some very interesting ideas in this book (as well as a little nonsense which is perhaps tongue in cheek....as when she is very strict with her clients).
I do find myself underlining bits and folding down corners of pages.
Here are some of the passages I found thought provoking and useful
The whole point in both discarding and keeping things is to be happy. It may seem obvious but it is important to experience this realisation for yourself and let it sink in to your heart. Before you start tidying , look at the lifestyle you aspire to and ask yourself 'Why do I want to tidy?' When you find the answer, you are ready to move onto the next step: examining what you own.
She has some useful ideas about how to think through, in some detail, what you want.
I see the point of handling each thing to 'see if it sparks joy' as she rather oddly puts it, and agree that in doing so you are processing your past, enabling you to move forward. This has been quite powerful for me, and freeing.
Just because you throw something away (or give something away) does not mean you give up past experiences or your identity.
Is anyone else using this book?
And is anyone else laughing?