The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
You might wonder how tidying could help you follow your bliss or find your passion, but trust me on this one.
I recently read (listened to the audiobook) The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. This book basically teaches you to only keep items in your life that ‘spark joy’. What a lovely concept.
I started this book simply because I felt like I had too much stuff and my home just wasn’t tidy. Ever.
But this book discusses much more than ways to store your things and make your home tidier. Here are 3 things I learned from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
How to get rid of items
I have a problem with keeping items because of sentimental value, or because I received as a gift. How could I throw away something that someone gave me?
Marie shares a way to get through that. She says to really look at the item and if you really don’t love it and it doesn’t spark joy, simply thank that item for giving you joy in the past, and get rid of it.
At first I thought this seemed silly, to thank an item. But then, it seemed like a great way to show your appreciation for that item, to recognize that at one time it had served a purpose, but now it did not serve any purpose, and so it is time for it to be gone. Sound silly? Try it, even if you only think in your head, and don’t actually say out loud.
Keep items that spark joy
When you start looking at your items in a different way and ask yourself “Does this item spark joy?” you tend to look at your things a bit differently.
I tend to keep way too many clothes, even if I don’t wear all of them, almost like I’m afraid of not having anything to wear. But in fact, once I started cleaning out unworn items, I felt like I had more. Everything in my drawer was now something I really did like and would wear. Having more doesn’t always mean having a larger quantity of items.
Tidy space equals peace
At one point in the book, Marie recalls a client sharing a story about how her home was tidy, yet she felt uneasy. What Marie discovered was that although her home was indeed tidy on the surface, once she looked through her closets and drawers, her client still had too much clutter.
I definitely understand this thought. I know I have too many things, and I am working on it. Every time I take the time to get rid of items that an unnecessary, to throw out useless papers, and old items that I am hanging onto for no reason, I do feel more peaceful and happy.
If your home doesn’t feel peaceful, I would definitely recommend you read this book. There really is a magic about tidying up, especially in this way.