ARTICLES / MARIE KONDO’S TIDYING TECHNIQUES WILL CLEANSE YOUR HOME AND YOUR MIND

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and author. She runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. Her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has become an international phenomenon. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a best seller in United States, Japan, Germany, and the UK, with more than six million copies sold worldwide. It has even been turned into a television drama for Japanese TV.

In the northern hemisphere, the sun enters the astrological sign of Libra at the autumn equinox, which is the sign of the scales and balance. With the autumn equinox officially upon us, it’s the perfect time to use her advice and techniques to de-clutter and transform our homes, and then, our lives.

“I came to the conclusion that the best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.”

“I want to live my life in such a way that it colors my things with memories.”

“The energy of book titles and the words inside them are very powerful. In Japan, we say that “words make our reality.” The words we see and with which we come into contact tend to bring about events of the same nature. In that sense, you will become the person who matches the books you have kept.”

“No matter how much knowledge you may gather, if you don’t change your way of thinking, you’ll rebound.”

“When you tidy, you gain a little confidence. You start to believe in the future. Things begin to go more smoothly. The people you meet change. Unexpected things happen in a positive way. Change begins to accelerate. And you begin to really enjoy your life.”

“Tidying is the act of confronting yourself; cleaning is the act of confronting nature”

“Imagine your ideal lifestyle”

“Tidying up is far more than deciding what to keep and what to discard. Rather, it’s a priceless opportunity for learning, one that allows you to reassess and fine-tune your relationship with your possessions and to create the lifestyle that brings you the most joy.”

“Finish discarding first.” I’m sure you know by now that this is a cardinal rule of the KonMari Method. If you start thinking about where to store this and that before you have completely finished throwing stuff away, you won’t get very far. That’s why it’s imperative to concentrate solely on discarding first.”

“If you are confident that something brings you joy, keep it, regardless of what anyone else might say. Even if it isn’t perfect, no matter how mundane it might be, when you use it with care and respect, you transform it into something priceless. As you repeat this selection process, you increase your sensitivity to joy. This not only accelerates your tidying pace but also hones your decision-making capacity in all areas of life. Taking good care of your things leads to taking good care of yourself.”

“Cleaning the temple is part of Buddhist training, but tidying the temple is not. With cleaning, we can let our minds empty while our hands keep moving, but tidying requires us to think—about what to discard, what to keep, and where to put it. You could say that tidying orders the mind while cleaning purifies it.”

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