The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

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The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo is a book in which Marie Kondo shares her approach to tidying/organising that she has named the Kon Mari method.

Key Takeaways

Does the item still “spark-joy”
Hold an item and feel if it still brings you joy. Feel joy, keep it. Otherwise, discard it.
One big tidy event
Start early in the morning and get the entire tidying done in one-go.
Discard completely first
Make sure to thoroughly discard everything before moving to tidying and storage.
Organise by category
Complete every phase based on categories and not location.
Designate a spot for every item
Every item should have a “home” they return to.
Store by ease of return
Items should be stored for ease of return. We leave things lying around because it is too difficult to put them back.
Buy, because you are going to use it
Buy items because you want them and are going to use them.
Send possessions off with joy
Parting with items that no longer bring us joy should be a joyous occasion.
Put your house in order
Putting your house in order means being surrounded by things that bring you joy. This leads to a happier life.

Extra Notes

A history of the origins of the Konmari Method
Like most practical books, this book serves more or less to provide the history and origins of the Konmari Method. If you have no interest in history. You can skip reading this book and watch a couple of her videos on YouTube, which will pretty much cover the whole Konmari Method.

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