The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

February 20, 2017

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” book is now an international best-seller, having sold over 5 million copies and been translated to over 30 languages. But what’s her secret? In essence, getting rid of anything that doesn’t make you happy. Sounds easy?

The starting point for the Japanese guru of tidying up is to throw out (or donate) anything that you don’t need or doesn’t make you happy. So basically avoid doing what most of us do; moving things from one home to the next one, often in boxes that stay unopened in the garage or the loft for years…

You have to organise by categories, not by room. For Marie, clothing is a good category to start with as there isn’t much attachment involved (it will get harder when it comes to sentimental objects and memories). To get a precise idea of what you actually have, she proposes to empty all the wardrobes and draws and put everything together which will help you to spot forgotten and similar pieces.

Keep only what you actually love

Marie says you should pick the objects one by one with your hands to decide whether you love them or not, think if it makes you happy and whether you use them, and if you decide to let them go, do it with gratitude for the good shared moments. But who hasn’t kept some cloths with purpose of using them for lounge or sleep only because we feel sorry throwing it away? Well, this is a no-no for Marie. Remember, let them go with gratitude, you won’t miss them.

Chose thoughtfully how you’re going to tidy up

  • When? First thing in the morning, as it’s when the mind is clearest. Bear in mind that Marie suggests to do the whole house at once so it has an impact on your mind-set.
  • Where? In a tranquil space, if possible, without music, if anything with ambient music.
  • With whom? Ideally on your own. You don’t want anyone to interfere on your decisions.
  • In what order? You should start with your own things and then move to organise common areas, you will then be more “trained”.

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