To me, the main overlying message was to only keep things that bring yourself joy. It makes sense. You are happier when you are surrounded by people you love, so why wouldn't you be happier surrounded by things you love, too?! Nothing too ground shattering there, but sometimes you need to read / see things to help them sink in.
Below are a few of my biggest takeaways:
1. Organize by category, not by room. I really like this idea. You get everything of one thing, for example books, and look through them all at once. If you are like me, you have books a few differently places in your home, and it's easy to look through them just where they are, as opposed to piling them all together to sort.
2. Touch everything. This is a big one for me. I often think by just looking at things I can decide what to do with them well enough, but physically touching everything is key.
3. Start with clothes, end with keepsakes. While I love clothes, it's way easier for me to get rid of them than it is for me to toss an old birthday card. By starting with something a bit easier, then you will just start to build on that momentum so that when you get to the harder stuff, it will be easier.
A few things I am going to take into consideration:
1. Folding instead of hanging. I actually utilize her folding method for some of my old t shirts, but that is really it. The idea is that you can fold your items, then store them vertical in a file like fashion, so that you can see everything, as opposed to folding and stacking, which lessens your storage space, and allows you to forget about items on the bottom.
2. Fold and roll socks, as opposed to "balling" them. I am totally the person that makes little balls with my socks. I can't explain it very well, but I usually fold them, then kind of put the top inside out so it holds them in a little ball. The book suggests folding, rolling, and then storing them so that the "swirl" is up. I actually tried this with my athletic socks and I do think it takes up less space!
Now for the hokey bits...
1. Talking to your things. For example, coming home and greeting your place, and saying thank you for offering shelter. I guess you could relate this almost to a prayer, where you thank god for your home, food, and such, but actually addressing your home and other inanimate objects seems a bit strange to me. I was warned about this, but still kind of thought "what in the world" when I was reading these parts.
2. Resting your items. Now I understand putting things back in their place, like putting your shoes away after you wear them, but letting things "rest" is a bit out there for me. The idea of unpacking my purse every single night to let the bag rest does not work for me. I use the same purse all the time, and I know if I emptied it out every night, I would surely forget to fully repack it the next morning.
Overall, I did enjoy reading this book. I pretty much love reading anything about organizing, so it definitely fit the bill. While some of the ideas were a bit out there for me, I did have some takeaways, so I would say it is worth the read. If anything, it will get you excited about reorganizing, which in of itself is a good thing.
For those of you who have read this book already, I am curious to hear your thoughts - did you have any big takeaways?