Top positive review
31 January 2015
I bought this book because I am looking to implement change in my household. This book does not disappoint in that regard.
However, I did find myself slightly arching my eyebrows...yes, ever so slightly, at the author's deep obsession with tidying. While the author extolled the virtues of discerning the difference between sentiment and necessity, I feel that the two go together on occasion. For example, my grandmother's ring does not "spark joy" when I hold it but it is an item that does make me feel closer to her so I could never dispense with this. And there's nothing wrong with that. The author says the gift giver would not want us to feel burdened by their gift and to throw it away but I say a giver wants to be remembered too. So while I appreciate the practicality of setting sentiment aside, I think we should remain mindful of it nonetheless.
I like the way the author affords energy to inanimate objects. We are taught that such things have nothing in them but this is not so. Objects do have energy and I do like the way the author relays this.
I also found myself chuckling through various parts of the book...in a good way. The author is waiting for an ambulance and what's she stressing over? Not the fact that she can't move but tidying... The first thing that she assesses when entering a room is not the ambience but whether the items in that room are necessary! Lol. Can you imagine this woman's house? Her cutlery drawer? Lol.
A worthy read...but keep your balance.