Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is indeed life-changing. It set off a global decluttering trend. Everyone went nuts about organizing their lives, and somehow it made them less crazy. It’s amazing. So, if you don’t have a book, fret not, we’ve summarized the best and most important parts for you.
Lesson #1 – Tidy everything up in a day.
This should be a one-time big-time event. Not a daily chore. This is to make sure “cleaning up” next time won’t be too much of a hassle. It’s a way to live life mess-free. Marie Kondo has said that once you do this, you’ll feel better about cleaning later on. It won’t feel like a chore, but something you do for fun. And to make sure it doesn’t feel like a chore, she suggested doing the big cleanup in a day. Dedicate a full day committing to it, no distractions.
Lesson #2 – Clean up by CATEGORY, not rooms.
Marie Kondo’s first rule is to tidy up by category. Deal with all the books first at once, otherwise, they’ll continue to appear in every room and you’ll never win over them. She suggested that we tackle categories based on the emotional load it carries, so clothes first, books, and then old memorabilia later.
Lesson #3 – Put everything on the floor.
Gather every item per category and put them in a big pile on the floor so you see how much you really have. You can assess which ones to discard and keep. Also, you can explore which ones you haven’t used or seen for a while.
Lesson #4 – Don’t be sentimental.
According to Marie Kondo, nostalgia is not your friend. If you see one photograph that reminds you of a happy day, you’ll end up in that nostalgia rabbit hole and you’ll end up wasting hours looking through old things. So make sure you go through the old photos and old letters last so you don’t waste time.
Lesson #5 – Discard everything first, then organize what’s left.
Don’t attempt to clean up as you discard, although it’s tempting to do so, you must avoid it.
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