The Life-changing magic of tidying by Marie Kondo is an international bestseller book about tidying , its methods and impacts.
Tidying involves two tasks- discarding and where to keep the things not discarded. First complete the discarding .Then start the next task. You should be choosing what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of. Take each thing in your hand and ask: “ Does this spark joy?” You will be surprised at how many things that 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. The best sequence of tidying is this: clothes first , then books , papers, miscellaneous items and lastly, sentimental items and keepsakes.
Marie Kondo strongly recommends folding (and not hanging) as the main storage method. But first reduce your wardrobe to only those clothes that you really love. Infrequently used papers like insurance policies, leases should be put into a single plastic folder without worrying about further categorisation .Other non-contractual documents should be put into another folder. Papers which need attention should be in a third folder.
It is not worth keeping materials or handouts from past seminars or courses. Discard all your credit card statements. Keep all warranties in one file. Discard all used cheque books. Sort out stationery and writing materials and keep these in a separate drawer or place. Throw away all the gifts and keepsakes except those from very dear persons (which also give you joy). Throw away all old calendars .Sort all photos and put them in an album. Do not leave this task for when you grow old.
When you honestly confront the things you own , you get positive emotions which give you the energy for living. Store all the items of the same kind in the same place . Don’t scatter the storage space. Use small boxes that come with mobile phones and such things , for storing pens, pencils and other writing tools.
Putting your house to order is a great way to discover what things you really like. You have only those books which really captivate you . This way you know the subject to which these books relate , and you discover that you really like that subject. Tidying is a way of showing us what we really like.
Tidying increases your confidence in your decision making capacity. It helps you to hone your decision making skills. It is important to understand your ownership pattern because it is an expression of the values that guide your life. It is only when you face the things you own one by one and experience the emotions they evoke that you can truly appreciate your relationship with them. Through the process of tidying , people come to know contentment. Once they kept only those things that they really loved , they felt that they had everything they needed. There is no greater happiness in life than to be surrounded only by the things you love .
But tidying is not the purpose of life. Tidying is a tool to make the world a better place. Putting your house in order will help you find the mission that speaks to your heart.
It is a very simple book but creates a powerful impact on our life.I recommend you to read it and implement some of the recommendations which look deceptively simple , yet capable of changing your life for the better.