"The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up" 7 Quotes

Book Review -

"The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up" 7 Quotes

There has been a lot of buzz about Marie Kondo's book, "the life-changing magic of tidying up". I decided to pick it up and take a gander. I found the book uplifting and motivational. The book is filled with many little gems that can help anyone tidy up.  The following are just 7 of my favorite quotes from the book. 

1.Tidying is just a tool not the final destination

The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most. This comes once your house is put in order.

2. Effective tidying involves only two essential actions: discarding and deciding where to store things. Of the two, discarding must come first.

What an eye opener! It is so obvious, but I thought that tidying up simply meant to put things away. This of course get discouraging because my space never gets cleaner. All that happens is that thing "X" goes from space "A" to "B". As I acquire more things all I am doing is finding new ways to shove more things into fewer spaces. It is clear that discarding must come first.

3. Keep only those books that you will make you happy just to see them on you shelves, the ones that you really love. 

This one hit me hard because I love to read and I like to keep the books that I read. I almost feel guilty getting rid of books. I was always told that you never throw away a book. Sure enough I looked at my collection and found books that I read that I would never read again, books that I read and liked a medium amount, and books that I might read "sometime". By the way, sometime never comes. Marie Kondo urges readers to only keep books that belong in the hall of fame. 

4. What you wear in the house does impact your self-image.

This quote is more about creating a positive view of ourselves. It is amazing how creating order in the house has connections to our thoughts of self worth. Further she says,"The real waste is not discarding clothes you don't like, but wearing them even though you are striving to create the ideal space for your ideal lifestyle."

5. Everyone needs a sanctuary

In context what she is saying that everyone needs a space to tidy. Having you own space makes you happy. If all you have is a room imagine if that room was a place a peace where you can go to focus and meditate. 

6. It is a very strange phenomenon, but when we reduce what we own and essentially "detox" our house, it has a detox effect oh our bodies as well.

This sounds like pseudo science right? Well, she does admit that she does not have scientific evidence to back this up, but she does see positive health changes in her clients after tidying. When the house is clean then dirt and spills stand out more and we want to clean it. Also, when the house is clean we are free to start thinking about the next step in our lives. For many that may be losing weight or tightening that flabby belly.  Maybe the health benefits come from contentment. A messy space may contribute to a continuous source of stress. And continuous stress does have a negative effect on health.

7. As for you, pour you time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life.

This is quote comes from the last chapter. After putting your house in order you can spend your energy and time on your mission in life. 


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