I made notes as I was reading the book, and definitely felt inspired. There were a few strange concepts included as well, like the way she feels terribly sorry for socks folded up in a ball and rolling around in a drawer bumping into each other, haha. Also, having to thank items before you get rid of them... errr, don't think so!
There were a few quotes in the book that I really did enjoy, such as these ones:
And then probably the most important quote in the book:
I really like the concept and idea of only surrounding yourself with things that you love. To "grace your space with things that speak to your heart. Your lifestyle must bring you joy."
Another paragraph in the book that really resonated with me, was where she says that "tidying ought to be the act of restoring balance among people, their possessions, and the house they live in".
She doesn't make any mention of kids toys in her book though, she probably doesn't have any children, as that's definitely worth a whole chapter on its own! I really feel that my girlies have way too many toys. I'm going to do a vicious tidy up (when they're asleep!!) and donate anything that is not age-appropriate, not specially loved by them, duplicates, etc. I also really want to sort the toys into categories so that all the barbies are together, all the plastic animals together, all the duplo blocks together, instead of the big mish-mash they all are at the moment.
Another idea is to have 3 or 4 crates of toys, which then get rotated on a weekly basis - they don't have to play with all the toys all the time.
Okay, I'm inspired, let's get tidying!!