The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
A much recommended book by just about everyone I know. It’s a short book (only 124 pages) but packed with the how to of Marie Kondo’s (KonMari) method of de-cluttering your home. As a practicing minimalist, I smugly read about methods I’m already using, however, I was definitely surprised by the reason people de-clutter and then months later they’re back to where they started.
*Raises hand* Yep that’s me!
Read cautiously, severe tidy mania ensues after reading!
“The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude, and bidding them farewell, is really about examining your inner self, a rite of passage to a new life.”
“people who can’t stay tidy can be categorized into just three types: the “can’t-throw-it-away” type, the “can’t-put-it-back” type, and the “first-two-combined” type.”
“the best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.”
“I recommend you dispose of anything that does not fall into one of three categories: currently in use, needed for a limited period of time, or must be kept indefinitely.”