The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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The new bible of decluttering – Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – is more than just a how-to book. Underlying the tidying tips is a powerful philosophy on handling our cluttered lives. Kondo’s book set off a decluttering craze across the globe.  Here are three key takeaways from her #1 international bestselling book:

1. Our homes should be a sanctuary of peace: if they are filled with items that we don’t truly love or that don’t serve a useful purpose for us, they become a source of stress instead of comfort.

2. It may seem a bit like over-kill, but it’s vitally important to really look at every single item you own and determine its current value to your life. Sometimes things have been in our homes for so long we don’t even “see” them anymore; when we take a close look we realize it’s time to let some of them go.


3. When you have only what you truly need and love in your home, you are better able to establish systems to manage what you have, to find what you need when you need it, and to fully enjoy your space.

Marie Kondo has developed six basic rules for tidying. Following the KonMari method without skipping steps will make a huge difference in your lives.These simple items are the foundation of her brand. If you apply them to your household, you may just see amazing results.

Marie Kondo’s six rules for tidying are:

  1. Commit yourself to tidying up.

  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.

  3. Finish discarding first.

  4. Tidy by category — not location.

  5. Follow the right order.

  6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy.


The idea of “sparking joy” might make you raise an eyebrow but it can make a big difference to the way you tidy. Think about the little things that truly give you a little spark of pleasure. Maybe it’s  wearing your favourite outfit, or styling your hair a certain way. That’s the feeling Marie Kondo encourages everyone to look for when they’re sorting through their household items.

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”


Read Insights from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo in 15 mins here 


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