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Most people complain about the amount of clutter they have in their house. When guests come over, it’s a quick scramble to make everything neat and tidy, and give the impression that everything is under control, and that the the host lives a perfectly organized, neat, and tidy life.
But what if that were more than a facade? What if that neat and tidy, pure, focused presentation that you try to make on others was the truth of your life?
Today I’m reviewing “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. This book delves into the practical process of cleaning up your life, and how it can lead to a more focused, peaceful, and productive you.
If you’ve ever thought you could use a more focused, tidy, clean house, this episode is for you! Learn the steps you need to take to live a more peaceful and productive life through the magic of tidiness!
“For each item, ask “does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, throw it out.” – Marie Kondo
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- Start by discarding: Throw stuff out!
- Don’t do little bits at a time. Just do one big de-clutter
- The reason people have a hard time tidying is often because there is too much stuff. So start by getting rid of stuff!
- For each item, ask “does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, throw it out
- Before starting to get rid of things, organize everything into categories, and then go through each category getting rid of things
- Sequence: Clothes, books, papers, misc. items, sentimental items
- Create a quiet space in which to evaluate the things in your life
- Only begin folding clothes when you have a mental image of what the inside of your drawer should look like in the end
- Designate a spot for everything, and then never waver from that designation
- The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of the things we don’t