The controversy is served. In its Netflix program, the order guru Marie Kondo He said that in no house should we have more than 30 books.
And the truth, my dear Marie, with this statement, you have completely lost me. Because for me, a house is not a house if it is not full of books, no matter how much you ask otherwise on television.
Books are part of our experiences, of those moments of leisure and reflection that make us feel better. They are a window to the world from our microuniverse, and they also say a lot about the people who live in each house.
I love seeing a bookstore in the lounge, or in the office, full of books. And the truth is that when I enter a house without books, it seems that something does not fit me. It will be professional deformation (it must be noted that I have studied a career in letters), or that at my parents' house, my grandparents, or my uncles there have always been books in any corner.
The fact is that Kondo has explained in his Netflix show that at home we cannot have more than 30 books. And if you have more, you have to get rid of them. But of course, assuming you follow the instructions of the Japanese guru, What books will come out of your house legs?
Marie Kondo is clear. Take the books in your hand, and get rid of those who do not convey happiness. A slightly surreal way to choose, don't you think? Because there are books, like songs or movies, that you have loved, that have made them their own and that have made you happy at any given time.
But there are also books that without transmitting happiness, have marked your life for something. Or even if they don't make you happy, they contain phrases, paragraphs or ideas that have touched you, or that you like to reread from time to time. Not to mention those books that you have not read yet, because perhaps it was not the time, but in the future they may come back to your hands and you can read them. Books are like that, they are capricious.
Sometimes they choose you from the bookshelves of the bookstore, and on other occasions, you have them at home, and they don't get you hooked until one day you have nothing to read when you start the vacation, you catch them again, and they hook you with no remedy.
I certainly With only thirty books at home, I would feel like an orphan. And besides, even if I had to throw or give away books, I wouldn't know which ones to get out of the way to comply with the Kondo precepts. Do I take off Murakami? Javier Castillo? Or maybe I take off some of those classics of Spanish literature that I have from high school or from the University? Probably, seen the seen, the first book to leave would be the one signed by Kondo herself.
Of course, following his theory, the order guru has a lot of work in our country. Because according to the report Habits of reading and buying books in Spain in 2017, 42% of Spaniards have between 20 and 100 books at home, while 34% have more than 100. On the other end, only 23.4% of Spanish families have less than 20 books at home. Families that, on the other hand, can now boast being fashionable by following the theories that Marie Kondo preaches on Netflix.
Huge task in which I hope, and wish, that I have no success. Because books, in addition to helping us make life easier with the stories or wisdom they contain, contribute to creating an environment and giving personality to our homes. So, with forgiveness from the Kondo, to continue accumulating books at home.