The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

image
Print Friendly

Marie Kondo’s book the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up has taken the world by storm – since it was first published it has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. 

Known as the KonMari method, her book is based on the principle that by organising your home and getting rid of things you don’t need or use you can in turn change your life.

It might seem like a tall order, but the success of the book speaks volumes; people all over the world are responding to the idea that they are weighted down by clutter in their homes, and that too much ‘stuff’ creates tension and stress in the mind.

Curious to learn more? Here’s what the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has to teach us…

Get tidied once and for all

The book’s author Marie Kondo recommends a large scale one-time organisational event where you go through the whole house and get things organised from top to bottom. If you’re tidying a little every day, you’ll be tidying forever. Instead, it’s better to set aside a day or weekend to get through one massive de-cluttering session.

Tidy by category, not room  

Instead of going room by room, the book advises that we should tackle clutter by category in the following order: clothing, books, paper, miscellany and then things with sentimental value. The logic here is that it’s easiest to go through your clothing first and quickly decide what to keep and what is no longer serving you. Once it comes time to sort through the more complicated sentimental items, you’ll be warmed up and ready to go.

Keep only what “sparks joy”

The most important tip from the book is to keep only the items that “spark joy” – but what does this mean? The author recommends holding items in your hand for a moment to see if they bring you joy – if they don’t, it’s time to thank them for their service and discard or donate them. For many of us, the idea that an item would spark a feeling of joy is ridiculous, but the idea behind it is worthwhile. The book says to only keep items that serve a purpose and make you happy – if not, why are you keeping it?

Respect your belongings

Once your big de-clutter is done ideally what’s left behind is a home full of items you love and treat with respect. The book urges us to treat our items as if they have feelings and use them with pride and respect – instead of crumpling clothing in the back of the wardrobe, they should be neatly and proudly arranged on hangers or folded properly in drawers.

 

LifeChangingMagic

Think you might like to discover the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? You can buy it online or in any good bookstore.

What do you think – is this a revolutionary system or just a load of hype? Let us know your thoughts on clutter and tidying up in the comments below!

The following two tabs change content below.

Silversurfers Features Editor

Hello there! I’m Rachel and I’m the Features Editor for Silversurfers. I work behind the scenes to bring interesting, informative and entertaining subject matter to the Silversurfers community. I hope you enjoy the features we have shared with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us, we love to hear from you!

Latest posts by Silversurfers Features Editor (see all)

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password
Notdeadyet
13th Apr 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Since my comment of 30th March below I have in fact obtained a copy of this book! I have read nearly all of it and while I still stand by my comment earlier about one day or one weekend sounding a little ambitious to completely clear a house of junk, I do think there are some useful ideas there, if you look past the sometimes rather flowery language. And although the request to 'thank' an item before disposing of it sounds a little fanciful I think I see the point - it is about 'letting go' and not hanging on to stuff because 'it may come in useful one day' or 'I might wear that again'. Because it never comes in useful and we never wear it again, do we! We are encouraged to think about the pleasure or use an item has been to us, however brief that time might have been, and then get rid of it!
Notdeadyet
30th Mar 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Just a comment about buying groceries monthly instead of weekly, to save money and the temptation to buy what you don't really need is a good idea. But it does not work for me living with a small kitchen with limited cupboard and fridge/freezer space. With regard to the KonMari idea that you can de-clutter a whole house in just ONE DAY or even ONE WEEKEND!! There cannot be much in a house of that kind to start with! I suppose it might also depend on when you last had a good clear out too but that kind of timescale does not allow time for meals or any other activities either.
wiffler
9th Mar 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
A good guide is Kim and Aggies guide to cleaning. I put on the calendar what jobs on what days/months/weeks needing doing. It works. Also I remember a boyfriend who was very tidy and every Wednesday he had to prepare and cook the evening meal. His mother said she was training him so that he was not entirely useless when he got married, also took him out to restaurants to learn how to behave at the table. She had a good system for keeping the house tidy, she had a laundry basket in the hall. Anything she found lying around went in the basket, every Thursday morning it was emptied on the back lawn. If they were still there by evening it went in the bin. I remember his dad moaning it had snowed and his wellies he needed for work were full of snow.

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Books

Autumnal books to curl up with this September hands of woman reading book by fireplace
Long nights and a chill in the air are the perfect companion for a good book.    Today we're...
Marian Keyes's Best Books MarianKeyes
Beloved Irish author Marian Keyes has been writing bestselling books for more than 20 years ...
Great summer beach reads Book and sunglasses on the beach for summer reading and relaxing
For your summer holidays all you need is sunscreen, a hat and a great read - we're here to help...
Introducing Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA belgravia 900x500
Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA is a brand new tale from the creator of Downton Abbey –...
The best reads for spring Reading On A Meadow
Brighter mornings and longer evenings mean there's more time to squeeze in a few minutes with a...
The best of the Mitfords Mitfords
Captivating and outrageous, the Mitford sisters were the most fascinating family of the 20 th...
Great film adaptations Pride2
First a book, then a movie – film adaptations are a great way to see your favourite stories...
Books to spark your curiosity Open Book In A Bookstore
Smartphones, computers and tablets may be technological wonders, but few things can compare to the...
Why not write a book? minimalistic illustration of a search bar with self-publishing keyword and associations, eps10 vector
Work, work, work, a phase of life where taking a day off was an absolute bonus. Retire from the...
Suspenseful autumn reads Glass cup of tea with book on wooden table on black background
As the cold draws in and the evenings grow longer, there are few things better than curling up...
Late summer reading list Young woman reading a book lying in a hammock
The last long weekend of the summer is almost upon us – whether you’re squeezing in one last...
Inspiring memoirs Open book and a table lamp
From rags-to-riches tales, to stories of superstars dealing with illness and addiction, memoirs...