This is one of the most brilliant books I have ever purchased!
I have recently purchased a book by the name of the life-changing magic of tidying up.
This book is about the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. I purchased this book through Amazon and in my opinion, my best $10 purchase to date!
I basically could not put the book down once I began reading it. It has been a month since I read it and it has inspired me to get rid of over 60% of my wardrobe and half my collection of shoes! Wow! This has really been an eye opening experience for me.
In my opinion, some of her best quotes are the following:
- “Success is 90 percent dependent on our mind-set”
- “The lives of those who tidy thoroughly and completely, in a single shot, are without exception dramatically altered.”
- “It’s a very strange phenomenon, but when we reduce what we own and essentially “detox” our house, it has a detox effect on our bodies as well.”
- “The question of what you want to own is actually question of how you want to live your life.”
This book has transformed my idea of “declutter”. This has reset my mind and I now look at choosing what I want to keep, not what I want to get rid of. She recommends always think in terms of category, not place. The sequence she indicates is: clothes first, then books, papers, kimono (miscellany), and lastly mementos.
In essence, she says, tidying ought to be the act of restoring balance among people, their possessions and the house they live in. All the things you own share the desire to be of use to you.
My favorite part of the book is towards the end when she indicates that its a strange phenomenon, but when we reduce what we own and essentially “detox” our house, it has a detox effect on our bodies as well. This means that disposing of our belongings is just getting rid of toxins that have built up over the years. I find it quite intriguing as she says that when we put our house in order, the air inside becomes fresh and clean. Reducing the amount of stuff in our space also reduces the amount of dust, and we actually clean more often. Because clutter has been eliminated, its much easier to clean and therefore we do it more thoroughly. When our space is completely clean, we don’t have to worry about tidying, so we are free to focus on the next issue that is important in our lives.
By putting our house in order, we can live in our natural state. We choose those things that bring us joy and cherish what is truly precious in our lives. Nothing can bring greater happiness than to be able to do something as simple and natural as this.