self help

Tidy the F*ck Up by Messie Condo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As you know, I have been reading different self help books to try and help my readers find something that will work for them. This book was my favorite because it really told me practical advice that I needed to really let go of some stuff I was holding onto for no reason. Yes, I did read Marie Kondo’s book a few years ago and I will admit it was hard to connect with parts of it. I am not the kind of person that will hold an item and say thank you to it before throwing it away. I just couldn’t connect with parts. BUT the folding techniques were fantastic! I still use those to this day! The thing is, that book didn’t cause me to declutter….this one DID!!!

Can I just say that I have never been so pumped to throw stuff away as I have with this book! My mother was a master of “you should keep it, you don’t know if you will ever need it”, and it kind of stuck with me. I would feel sooooo guilty throwing away old papers, I literally had an old syllabus from 2017! I mean, who does that? What possible purpose could that serve? Who knows but that was what I did. This book helped me to realize that unless something serves a purpose or is useful, you need to get rid of it. The book also gives the reader to get rid of gifts that you do not enjoy. The gift served it’s purpose and maybe it can be re-gifted, but you do need to keep it just because. This was actually a piece of my advise that I gave to my sister and it made her feel less guilty of getting rid of a gift she received. In fact she said that getting rid of it was like a weight being lifted off of her shoulders. That is exactly how I felt when I started getting rid of some items in my closet and bedroom.

This book doesn’t have you fold things a certain way, and it doesn’t tell you how to arrange your underwear drawer. If you want a book that will tell you exactly how to organize your stuff this is not the book for you. If you need a kick in the pants to get moving and start making changes…get this book. BUT I do need to give a word of caution, there are a lot of curse words. If you hate cursing then you need to maybe look elsewhere. This book felt like you were sitting with a friend telling you that you needed to cut the crap out and stop holding onto that Tupperware lid in hopes that you might one day find the bottom. It gives you the permission you might need to start making changes. It also gives you other great advice to really start tidying up your life.

Overall, this book really spoke to me. Of the books I read this month that fell into the “self help” category, this one was the one that I found the most useful. This is the book that motivated me to get up and do something! Am I done decluttering? No, not at all because this is a huge project. There are pans in my kitchen that were a gift that I need to rehome and stuff in my bedroom that needs to be tossed or donated. Pretty much I have a project ahead of me and this book was the motivation I needed to get stuff done. If curse words don’t bother you and you need help figuring out how to declutter, this is the book for you!

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