Book Summary: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

There is one secret to effectively cleaning up your house or office: Begin by tossing out. Then, all at once, fully organize your space.

Organizing your environment will have a beneficial impact on all other parts of your life. A significant reorganization of the home results in substantial changes in lifestyle and outlook. It has the potential to change your life.

When you organize your home, you organize your affairs and your past as well. The KonMari Method is a book that will teach you how to get into the correct mentality for organizing your life and becoming a tidy person.

Why Can't I Keep My House in Order?

A male young adult covered in stacks of spam emails, just like the things in our house, why can't we keep it tidy.

If you've never learned how to tidy, you won't be able to do it. We never teach children how to clean, despite schools and instructors teaching everything from cooking to yoga to stitching. As a result, just a few people know how to tidy up. It is now or never to learn.

Many experts believe that cleaning one little area at a time is the best method. However, because everything is only half-sorted, this frequently results in an area being untidy again very quickly. If you tidy a bit every day, you'll be tidying for the rest of your life. You will not experience a rebound if you organize your entire home.

You must first adjust your mindset to change this lifestyle habit.

You may drastically shift your mentality if you clean up everything at once rather than little by little. You'll see immediate benefits if you apply the proper approach and focus your efforts on clearing clutter fully and totally in a short period. You'll be able to maintain your space for the rest of your life.

The task may be broken down into two categories:

  1. determining whether or not to discard something, and
  2. deciding where to store it.

You can reach perfection if you can perform these two things.

When individuals are under stress, they often feel compelled to clean up because it helps them feel like they are putting something in order.

When your space is clean and uncluttered, you have no option but to evaluate your inner state. You'll feel motivated to reset your life as soon as you start cleaning.

Organizing your home allows you to deal with challenging situations. Tidying is a means to an end, not an end in itself. The real aim is to create the lifestyle you desire.

It's a bad idea to tidy up by the location. Sort by category instead. Instead of a specific space, you might tidy your books or clothing. You'll get a better sense of the total volume of your possessions this way.

Making tidying a special event is the best way to go about it. It's not something you should do every day.

Daily cleaning, such as taking something out of its place and replacing it, will always be a part of our life. This will be the only tidying you need once you've got your house in order.

Set aside some time to perform a thorough cleaning. Then putting things back where they belong and determining where to keep new items will be a breeze.

Finish Discarding First

A hand throwing pieces of paper in the recycling bin, as a way to discard things you don't need.

Begin by throwing out everything at once, totally and utterly. If you don't, you'll bounce back, and your room will be crowded again in a matter of days. When you thoroughly organize your area, the difference is so noticeable that you feel like you are on another planet.

This profoundly affects your psyche and creates a strong desire to avoid returning to your former crowded condition. You must always begin by rejecting; else, you will never be able to make lasting progress.

Determine your aim before you begin. What made you want to clean in the first place? Think in real terms so you can visualize what it's like to live in a clutter-free environment.

Then figure out why you want to live that way. When you've figured out the answer, you're ready to look through your belongings.

Choose what you'd like to keep rather than what you'd like to get rid of. Take each object in your hand and ask yourself, "Does this make me happy?" Keep it if it does. If it doesn't, toss it out. Only keep the things that make you feel good. Then toss out the remainder.

Always consider categories rather than locations. Collect everything that fits into the same class at the same time before deciding what to keep. You might be shocked at how much money you have. Your decluttering procedure will go faster if you concentrate on one category at a time.

People have a hard time getting rid of items that:

  1. they may still use (functional value),
  2. contain useful knowledge (informational value), or
  3. have sentimental worth (emotional value).

When these items are difficult to get or replace, it is more difficult to part with them. Begin with the ones that are the easiest to decide on. Clothing comes first, followed by books, documents, miscellaneous, and souvenirs.

Keep your family out of it. Seeing what your children throw away may be upsetting for parents. Keeping your trash out of sight is courteous. It may be difficult when your family refuses to cooperate with your efforts to create the "perfect" house.

The greatest approach to dealing with a chaotic household is to discreetly get rid of your own clutter. When you feel compelled to criticize someone else's lack of organization, it's generally an indication that you're not taking care of your own.

If you don't need it, neither does your family. If you're going to give something away, make sure it's to someone who truly needs it.

Use tidying as a method to have a conversation with yourself. Cleaning may be a relaxing experience. Make a quiet area in which to reflect on your life's events. Begin early in the morning by conversing with yourself using your things as a channel.

It may be difficult to let go of some of your belongings, but it will enable you to truly value the things that matter most to you.

Tidying by Category Works Like Magic

A female worker storing the files based on the dates. Just like clothing, you have to tidy it up by category as well.

Tops, bottoms, clothing that should be hung, socks, underwear, bags, accessories, clothes for special occasions, and shoes—you should organize in that order.

Begin by laying out all of the clothing on the floor. Then pick the outfits that make you happy and toss the others. Don't reduce your wardrobe to "loungewear."

Fold your clothing correctly while putting them away. You can fix virtually any storage difficulty by folding your clothing properly. The trick is to stack items rather than laying them flat. Each article of clothes must be folded into a neat, smooth rectangle. When you stand on your head, your clothes should retain their form.

Fold as much as you can, but coats, suits, jackets, skirts, and dresses should be hung. Hang items from the same category side by side in the closet. Arrange your clothing in such a way that it rises to the right. Heavy things should be hung on the left side of the cabinet, while light objects should be hung on the right.

Socks and stockings should be treated with care; they should never be tied or rolled up. Fold them instead. Off-season clothing should not be stored. Rather, have all of your clothes ready to wear throughout the year, regardless of the season.

Next, layout all your books on the floor and toss out those that don't bring you joy. Give it away if you think you'll read it again "someday."

As a general guideline, throw away any old papers that do not fit into one of three categories:

  1. currently in use,
  2. needed for a limited time, or
  3. must be preserved permanently.

Make sure you store all of this paperwork in one place. Never allow them to spread throughout the house.

Only maintain things that actively make you joyful for the other random objects.

Cosmetic samples, electrical packaging, unidentifiable cords, and extra buttons should all be discarded.

As you pare down your possessions, you'll come to a realization about how much is just right for you. Follow your gut instincts.

When you question yourself, "Does this spark joy?" believe your heart.

Storing Your Things to Make Your Life Shine

A female worker storing each file in their respective category to keep it from getting crowded and messy.

Everything should have its own spot. Your area is more likely to get crowded again if your item does not have a home. You will be left with simply the quantity of stuff that fits exactly in the area you already have once you correctly pick your belongings.

You will rebound if you begin storing before you have removed all surplus. The key to keeping a clean space is to keep storage as simple as possible so you can see how much you have at a glance.

Don't disperse storage space by storing all objects of the same type in the same location. If you reside with your family, be sure that each family member has their own storage area.

Failure to return items to their proper places causes clutter. As a result, storage should minimize the time it takes to put things away rather than the time it takes to pull them out.

If you want a clutter-free space, make sure your storage is organized so you can see where everything is at a glance. When deciding what to keep, listen to your heart. When deciding where to keep anything, start with your home.

Things should not be stacked. Rather, store items vertically. Rather than purchasing anything to assist you in storing your belongings, wait until you have completed the full procedure and then seek storage goods that you truly like.

The best method to keep bags organized is to keep them in another bag. The idea is to group bags of the same type together based on material, size, and frequency of usage. To keep your luggage from becoming too worn, empty it every day. Make sure you use every inch of your closet.

Keep your belongings away from the bathroom and kitchen sink. After each use, dry your shampoos, soaps, and sponges and store them in the cupboard.

Also, don't keep your spices on the counter. Transform your house into a holy area, a power point brimming with pure energy. And turn your wardrobe into your own personal sanctuary, one that offers you a rush of joy.

As soon as you get home, unpack your new clothing. Appreciate what you have, and you will earn powerful allies. When you put up your clothing, say something like, "Thank you for keeping me cozy all day."

The Magic of Tidying Dramatically Transforms Your Life

A female sweeping the floor after throwing unused things. Small things help in you in decision-making skills.

Organizing your home is a fantastic approach to figure out what you truly want to do. Examine the books and belongings that remain after you've cleaned up to determine your real interests and passions.

It's vital to remember that letting go is more important than adding.

Tidying may make a huge difference in one's life. Because you sift through hundreds of objects and determine whether they ignite joy or not, one of the finest impacts of tidying is increased confidence in your decision-making skills. People who aren't sure of their own judgment aren't sure of themselves.

When we truly think about why we can't let go of anything, it's either because we're attached to the past or afraid of the future. What you want to possess is a reflection of how you want to spend your life.

The criteria by which you make decisions in every part of your life are your attachment to the past and your anxieties about the future. We may confront and work through our sentiments when we face the objects we possess and experience the emotions they elicit.

When you tidy up, you'll see that you can live without a lot of your belongings. Life gets a lot simpler when you know that things will work out, even if you are missing something.

Tidying is a celebration, a special send-off for those things that will be departing from the house. Treat it as such.

Pour your time into what brings you the most joy and what things bring you the most joy. Life begins after you have put your house in order.

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