Key Insights From:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
By Marie Kondo
- “Life-changing” is not hyperbolic language—the tidiness mindset can redirect a person’s trajectory.
- Before discarding or organizing, you must be able to visualize the tidied space and express the reasons you want to be tidy.
- The tidying process must begin with discarding—not organizing.
- Instead of cleaning room-by-room, bit-by-bit, tidy up category-by-category.
- Folding clothes well rather than hanging them will free up space in your closet and your mind.
- You will never actually read your “someday” books.
- The general rule of thumb for papers is discard everything.
- You should keep miscellaneous items because they spark joy—not “just because.”
- It’s time to stop using your parents’ home for storage.