The Magic of Tidying is a simple, effective guide to decluttering your life forever. Written by Japan’s most famous professional cleaner, the book is both a treatise on minimalism and an effective practical guide to putting both your house and life in perfect order.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying is a sensational bestselling book on how to perfectly organise your home.
Explaining her trademark KonMari approach to tidying up, Marie Kondo writes with passion about the transformative effect decluttering can have on our body, mind and soul. Equal parts practical guidebook and biography, the author explains how to declutter your home once and for all.
Below are some of the key ideas I took from this book:
- Tidying is about (a) Discarding items (b) Designating places.
- Tidying up is a special event. It is important to tidy only once and aim for perfection. This is an absolute method with no modifications based on personality type.
- When sorting items, do so by category and never by location.
- Always discard items first. You should be able to discard between 66-75% of all your possessions before moving to the organisation phase.
- The KonMari method of discarding items is always (1) Clothing (2) Books (3) Papers (4) Komono (5) Sentimental items. This order is based on the emotional ease of parting with each item and can be sub-categorised also based on this logic.
- When Discarding, place all your items onto the floor and hold each it in your hands. Ask yourself whether each item brings you joy.
- Decide only for yourself. Don’t involve others and be ruthless with your process. The experience of making 100s or 1000s of micro-decisions will help you learn more about your past/present/future.
- The process of discarding unwanted possessions leaves you in a space where everything around you surrounds you with love.
- When Designating places, treat each item as an emotional subject and intuitively look to place items of similar energy/personality together.
- Always prefer vertical storage which is finite over stacking which is infinite. This applies for clothes, books, papers, Komono and sentimental items.
- Aim for simplicity of storage. Use shoeboxes and simple rectangular storage systems for all items in specific single-location areas.
- As you go about your day, treat each item as personality and be extremely deliberate when using items and returning them to their home.
- Once a home is tidy, it will radiate the right energy to allow you to make life changing decisions based on what you have learnt from the tidying process.
- Each possession left reflects a deliberate choice while other items have been passed on for the future, allowing you to step forward in your chosen path.
- Being surrounded by joy will make you happier, lose weight, calmer, more confident and better able to plan for the future.
- That’s the life changing magic of tidying up.