Why, Marie Kondo, Why?

If you spend any time browsing Netflix, then you’ve seen that Marie Kondo has a new show that recently debuted. I can probably use some help tidying up, but I have no interest in the show.

But when you follow literary accounts on Twitter it’s hard to not hear about book-related “controversies”. Apparently she’s advising people to throw out their books and the internet of readers is having none of it.

I live in a small apartment by myself. And I’ll most likely have to get two new bookshelves this year. It hasn’t once crossed my mind that instead of new bookshelves I should just rid myself of my books. I just…can’t. Even though I’m not exactly sure where I’ll put the new ones when I have them.

But maybe I’m crazy.

13 thoughts on “Why, Marie Kondo, Why?

  1. You are not crazy at all.

    I just heard of Ms. Kondo’s TV show, so I have not had a chance to watch it. I did hear about her book ‘The Art of Tidying Up’, on NPR a few months ago and I went right out and bought a copy. While I can’t say it changed my life, it did help my wife and I to begin to prioritize what is important for us to keep and what we should discard.

    That said, when it comes to books, I have always had a hard time ‘letting go’. Still, after 40+ years of moving from one house to another and one state to another, I suddenly realized that I had a large number of books (hundreds really), that I hadn’t opened in decades. What’s more I had a number of heavy boxes of books in my attic that I had been lifting, stacking and hauling from one house to another, up and down stairs and up ladders. As we look to downsize from our house to a condo in a year or two, the books suddenly came under scrutiny.

    The first thing that I did was to go through my books — every last one of them and select those that had some meaning to me and place them in a box. These are books with some sentimental value. I had about 25-30 books.

    I then stacked all of the travel books we’d purchased over the years and put them in one box for the recycling bin. If I ever go back to the Grand Canyon I will likely buy a new guide as the one I had was dated 1997. My “Guide to Norway, 1983” also ended up in the recycling box.

    Next, I sorted text books and old computer manuals — right to the trash.

    After that I found a few titles that were selling on eBay (very few). I sold half a dozen that way. Then I went through the paperbacks and pretty much closed my eyes and threw them away. Difficult yes…but so far I have not missed any of them.

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    • Wow. I’ve had to move mine twice. I’m sure you had many more than I do. I have a counter, but I think I’m around 220 I currently own. My oldest ones are actually just about a decade old now. Mine are all fiction or regular nonfiction. Nothing that would date like a travel guide or manual. Highly doubt I could do what you’ve done in another 20+ years. This is coming from someone who doesn’t even reread!

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  2. I am trying to convince my husband that he doesn’t need to buy EVERY book he wants to read, which is a challenge. As a librarian, I am always encouraging him to borrow from the library, and if he REALLY enjoys it, go out and buy a copy for himself. Also, libraries will almost always accept donations, so the next time you decide to chuck a book, take them to the library!

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  3. I don’t think that was Marie’s intention… if you love the book you should keep it… only if it doesn’t spark joy to you then, you should get rid of it. She never said you have to get rid of it. It’s always your opinion. However, I don’t think the system can work on everyone and that’s okay.

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