The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingBook - 2014
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The true purpose of tidying is, I believe, to live in the most natural state possible. Don’t you think it is unnatural for us to possess things that don’t bring us joy or things that we don’t really need? I believe that owning only what we love and what we need is the most natural condition.
The things we own are real. They exist here and now as a result of choices made in the past by no one other than ourselves. It is dangerous to ignore them or to discard them indiscriminately as if denying the choices we made.
Tidying means taking each item in your hand, asking yourself whether it sparks joy, and deciding on this basis whether or not to keep it. By repeating this process hundreds and thousands of times, we naturally hone our decision-making skills. People who lack confidence in their judgment lack confidence in themselves.
Clutter has only two possible causes: too much effort is required to put things away or it is unclear where things belong.
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"The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up" turned out to be a very inspiring book. Naturally tidy I didn't expect to learn anything new, but the author's way of viewing positions was enlightening and had me rethinking what I owned and asking myself it these items brought me joy. The results are 8 bags of items waiting to be donated (and that was just the clothes!). Partner this book with "your money or your life" and you get a well rounded view of your possessions, and how to care for them, without letting things get out of control.
This book reviews how to deal with the stuff in your house by examining your motives for having it, plus, provides a defined process for organizing, and then eliminating those items which do not bring you joy.
very repetitive. Some good tips. I can see how this book can help people get started on the task of decluttering. I had trouble relating to the way the author relates to objects, treating them like they are alive and have feelings. The author also wants you to do the task all at once. I think flylady.net is more realistic.
Spring cleaning on steroids. Marie Kondo inspires the reader to take charge of their stuff, no halfhearted measures allowed.
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