The Life Changing magic of Tidying Up
Written By: Marie Kondo
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Publisher’s Summary: Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.
The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard.
The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.
Marie Kondo’s method is based on a ‘once-cleaned, never-messy-again’ approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely read this compelling book.
The Life Changing magic of Tidying Up: Marie Kondo Audio Book Summary
Marie Kondo the guru of order, proposes you to analyze your house by categories and not by stays. First clue that it is a different system since most methods of organization urge you to start room by room.
She classifies the method into several phases, depending on the difficulty of breaking the bond we have with objects.
This method has a certain connection with Feng-Shui, with the idea that objects have energy. The Magic of the Order proposes you to follow a series of steps.
They are the following: Clothes, Books, papers and other objects (komono). Objects with sentimental value.
The method is simple: by categories, it removes everything that belongs to that phase in which you are, regardless of the room you are in. This is really important: everything that is in the house that belongs to that category.
You will be amazed at the amount of clothing you have in the house distributed without realizing it. Instead of ordering room by room, Kondo recommends focusing on one category. For example, clothing (which has subcategories such as sports or shoes), books or papers.
Now you have to discard, get rid of everything that you do not need, do not want or you’re keeping nonsense.
The criterion is “Get rid of everything that does not make you happy. If you read the book she will explain to you perfectly what that phrase is. As you touch an object, you know whether you like it or not and whether you want to keep it or not. One last important thing and one of the most striking: the way clothes are folded is radically different from the one we use.
We tend to pile the clothes into piles, which makes it quite difficult to get a total view of all the things we have. We store it on shelves just like in stores. However, she proposes to keep things. The skills you build when you learn to tidy up your home can influence the rest of your life in many positive ways.