This book is the real deal! It transformed me from a “messy person” to a “sentimental person-on” while providing me with the tools to change that for the better. I went from too much stuff to just enough stuff that fits in my home! Marie Kondo is a genius! Here are 5 quick lessons from the life-changing magic of tidying up.
When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order. In the end, all that will remain are the things that you really treasure. To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.
1. You can value the things you let go!
Marie Kondo gives you full permission to be sentimental with your cherished items. In fact, she helps readers through the process of ridding themselves of their most precious items. Just because you get rid of something, doesn’t mean that you didn’t appreciate it! You can do both, Marie says so.
2. Everything in your home needs a home
This seems so simple! But it’s the first time I thought about items in my house in this way. To help accomplish my goal towards. Decluttered space, needed to give everything I owned a home! When my house is at it’s absolute tidiest, where does everything go? Is there a pile of random stuff hidden somewhere? How many homeless items do I own?
3. Thanks for the memories
No matter how wonderful things used to be, we cannot live in the past. The joy and excitement we feel here and now are more important.
Sometimes our idea of something exceeds the worth of their physical presence in your life. Is your home a museum? How many old useless items do you own that no longer serve a real purpose in your life? Imagine having a home filled with nothing but useful things that bring you joy?
The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s ihand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.
4. What sparks joy?
Imagine if your house only had things that made you happy on the inside? Joy is the currency when it comes to the Konmari method described in the book. Marie Kondo states time and time again that this should be the qualification for the items you choose to keep, everything should spark joy within you.
The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.
5. Can’t part with something? Take notice.
For me it was fancy dresses and gowns that have collected dust over the years due to underuse. When attempting to implement the Konmari method described in the book, I simply couldn’t get rid of some of these dresses. The book suggests that the things you can’t part with have more to do with the type of life you wish to have. I wish to go on more date nights that allow me to dress up and be my sexy, attention-seeking self. Nothing is better than looking forward to such events, and having the perfect item to wear in my own closet.