5 Keep Your Life Tidy Hacks
Whether you think your life is perfect or you are struggling to get by, there is always room for improvement. Tips on keeping your house in order, taking better care of your body, reinvigorating your brain and lightening your spirit should always be welcome. Be open-minded to change. Some of these tips might surprise you, especially when you see that they work.
1 – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo has written the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” to share her organizational techniques with the world. Reading this book and following her process to the very end can be revolutionary. The book has reached #1 on Amazon’s Zen Philosophy category and is also a New York Times best seller.
Readers are guided through her KonMari method for getting rid of the meaningless objects that are cluttering our lives and then properly storing the belongings that we choose to keep. It might be the book for you if you have ever felt boxed in, surrounded by piles of belongings and wondered whether you own your possessions or if they own you?
The KonMari Method flies in the face of conventional wisdom, such as the common advice that we should clean up one room at a time. The central idea Kondo developed is that it is best to get the purging of belongings done first, in one fell swoop. Kondo believes that tidying up one room at a time will leave you tidying up forever. The general idea is to have one major effort in which you tackle your entire living space at once.
The whole system begins with the massive de-cluttering event. The main theme is to look at each item in your home and decide if it brings you joy. What are you feeling as you are looking at an item and holding it? If it doesn’t bring you happiness, it has to go, plain and simple. It’s a thought process that is very simple but brings profound results.
The KonMari method teaches people to look at yourpossessions with a critical eye. Does the item bring you joy? Are you happy when you see it? If it is not bringing you joy, it must go.
In the first phase of the program, Kondo has some helpful guidelines. She says to get rid of as many books as possible as there are very few that you will read again. With papers, her general rule of thumb is just to get rid of them.
She has a revolutionary view on what to do with the gifts we receive cluttering up our homes over the years. She says that the gift has served its’ purpose. The reason for the gift was an expression of love from the giver who spent money on it and the time to pick it out. Take the gift in your hands and be grateful that you got to enjoy it. Don’t feel guilty that you are getting rid of it, feel joy for the time you had it.
Readers are asked to do some pretty zany things, such as speaking to an item – like thanking a coat for keeping you warm. It is a novel mind exercise that trains you to think about objects differently. We have an emotional connection with our possessions. When we thank something for helping us before we give it away, we are getting closure on that relationship.
In a review, a reader tells this story: “I’m a painter and I landed a contract with a resort to do the art work. I spent thousands on paints and canvases. The whole project took months and I was really excited about getting my artwork onto those hotel walls. When I took the paintings in, the manager said she had changed her mind and I could tell she didn’t like them. I was devastated. I stored the art in my garage, thinking the pain would go away in a couple months and I could bring them out and enjoy them then. But the pain never went away and, every time I went into the garage, I felt so much shame. The negativity from the event was taking up more space than the paintings. After reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up I realized that it was ok to get the paintings out of my life for good. I gave them away and now that whole incident is water under the bridge.
A person who has lost a lot of weight might ask himself if his old “fat clothes” are worth keeping, just in case he puts the weight back on. There is negativity surrounding the clothes and it signals that he doesn’t trust himself to keep the weight off.Following the KonMari logic, it is best to get rid of them.
There are some really good tips in the book on how to keep things tidy after everything has been organized and cleaned, such as:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo is a revolutionary book full of unorthodox methods and tips to help you de-clutter your surroundings so that you can live a more free and happy life. Borrow it from the library, she wouldn’t want the print copy cluttering up your house!💕