The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – [Ten Takeaways]

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – 10 Spring Cleaning Tips

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Ten Life-Changing Takeaways from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

10. Discard all at once

“The ultimate secret to success is this: if you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mind-set.”

9. Collect everything in one spot

“By collecting things in one spot, you can compare items that are similar in design, making it easier to decide whether you want to keep them.”

8. Discard first, before you put things back

“Focusing solely on throwing things away can only bring unhappiness Why? Because we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.”

7. Visualize a clutter-free space

“Think in concrete terms so that you can vividly picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space.”

6. Choose what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of

“Keep only those things that speak to your heart.”

5. The order of discarding matters

“The best sequence is this: clothes first, then books, papers, komono (miscellany), and lastly, mementos.”

4. Avoid attachment anxiety

“When we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”

3. Learn how to fold clothes (aka. I was doing it wrong)

“The goal is to fold each piece of clothing into a simple, smooth rectangle.”

The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo

2. Ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?”

“Take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.”

1. Make space for your mission in life

“Pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life. I am convinced that putting your house in order will help you find the mission that speaks to your heart.”



Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Author: Marie Kondo
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st edition (October 14, 2014)

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