Monday, November 23, 2015

Book 27: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

TITLE: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
AUTHOR: Marie Kondo
STARTED: November 2, 2015
FINISHED: November 18, 2015
PAGES: 213
GENRE: Non-Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: In this book, I have summed up how to put your space in order in a way that will change your life forever.

SUMMARY: [From BN] Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

THOUGHTS: I don't necessarily need any encouragement to weed and organize my belongings, but I was intrigued by the buzz around this book. I get it now. This book is ah-mazing. I can hardly wait to put what I learned into action over the Christmas holiday break. The book is simple, easy to follow, and the logic behind her method makes perfect sense. I do think her "how this will completely transform the rest of your life" stuff might be a bit overblown, but the basics make perfect sense. This is one of the few books I've read "after the curve" that I don't think is over-hyped. 

RATING: 10/10 [Best. Book. Ever]

Sunday, November 22, 2015

What I Read This Week: November 22, 2015

Today, The Husband and I hit the road for Thanksgiving. We're visiting my family in upstate New York. There's a spot near the wood burning stove that has my name on it. I've got Dragonfly in Amber and a few magazines in my bag. Hopefully, I'll make a large dent in both.
  • Magazines
    • Savory, November/December 2015 - I noticed the new issue was available at Giant when we were grocery shopping last weekend. I'm beginning to have quite the fondness for this small magazine - it has great recipes that are simple to follow and, in many cases, use convenient ingredients. In fact, The Husband and I may have found the recipe for Beef Wellington we will use at Christmas in this issue. These pages were chock full of great holiday meal ideas (including cookies).
    • Washingtonian, November 2015 - The majority of this issue was devoted to great places to work. I mainly ignore that, but I did read the snippets about what makes an office great. There was also an article on Donald Trump's acquisition of a Virginia winery. It shows quite a bit of harsh business handling, but was a fairly interesting read.
  • Books
    • I'm still making my way through Dragonfly in Amber. How I forgot all of these plot points is beyond me. I am so glad that I am reading this before Starz releases the next season of Outlander.
    • I finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up just in time to return it to the library. I get what all the hype is about. This book is amazing and I simply cannot wait to put what I learned into practice over my Christmas holiday break. I will be weeding and cleaning so many things... and I am very, very excited about that prospect.
  • Other
    • WaPo posted a fascinating look at Hillary Rodham Clinton's name game. I had my reasons for changing my last name when The Husband and I married, but I seriously considered keeping my maiden name. (For one, my maiden name gave me awesome initials. Awesome, I say!) I have married friends who kept their maiden names. So, this piece was a rather interesting "investigation" to read. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Friday Find: Heart Strings

For today's find, I simply typed "poetry" into Etsy's search box to see what came up. There was a ton of great stuff, but this heart garland made of Shakespeare's work jumped out at me.

You can buy this at MaisyandAlice.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Links and Stuff: November 19, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

What I Read This Week: November 15, 2015

Most of my work week was spent interviewing candidates for our open Head of Access Services position. That is not what I typically tackle in a normal week. This change of pace was both fun and exhausting. I also went out four nights in a row (trivia! shopping! friendsgiving! house party!) which is so not me. I am le tired. There will likely be some napping during today's football watching.
  • Magazines
    • Washingtonian, October 2015 - This was a special, 50th anniversary issue. I enjoyed the many flashes back to DC throughout the years. As for feature articles, there was a great one about Joe Theismann's broken leg and the impact it had on DC and football. The interview quotes were so detailed that a few times I felt faint (maybe a bit too much detail about the nature of the break). I also enjoyed the features on the first DC celebrity chef, Jean-Louis, and the author of the exorcism
  • Books
    • I've only read a few chapters in Dragonfly in Amber. Apparently, I've fallen in love with our new mattress because I fall asleep almost immediately now. 
  • Other

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Friday Find: Scarf

Where your library love to keep you warm! How cute is library due date card scarf? Totes, I think.

You can find this at the Esty store Cyberoptix.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Links and Stuff: November 12, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Why I Love... Purse Books

Whenever possible, I like to carry reading with me. I always have a magazine in my commuting bag, and books galore make it into my carry-on bag when we travel. That said, I have a particularly love for small, purse-sized books I can take with me to run errands.

Today, I visited my grandfather's grave at Arlington National Cemetery. His birthday coincides with Veteran's Day, and I'm the only family member who lives locally. I took the day off so that I could lay flowers and spend some time with him on behalf of our family.

To get there, I chose a combination of walking and metroing. Since our metro system is running on a less frequent, Saturday schedule for today's holiday, I knew I would need a book with me in case of a long wait or random stop in a tunnel. Both of these things happen frequently in DC (unfortunately). In preparation, I slipped The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up into my purse. It's the perfect purse book: light, slim, and not much bigger than a mass market paperback. It's small enough that I also had enough room for the stuff you typically find in a purse. 

While I lucked out and never had a long wait or tunnel delay, it was nice to have a book that kept me occupied without weighing me down.