“The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up” by the Japanese consultant Marie Kondo is a best-selling book which helps you to de-clutter and organize your home once and for all. You only need to chose the items which “spark joy” in you.

Here are some quotes from “The Life Changing Art Of Tidying Up”:

– The space which we occupy constantly and spend most of our time in, should reflect the person we are working on becoming in the future and not the person we were in the past.

– If you are confused if you actually want to own an item then ask yourself how do you want to live your life, and you will get a clear answer.

– If you look into the deepest corners of your heart, you will find that there are two main reasons due to which you can’t let go of something- you are attached to it due to your past or you fear your future without it.

– You only need to retain those things that bring about joy in you and which speak directly to your heart. Then take the next step and discard the rest. This will help you build a new lifestyle for yourself.

– Take an item in your hands and ask yourself if it “sparks joy” in you. If your heart says yes then keep the item otherwise dispose it. This is the simplest and the most accurate method to make a decision.

– We cannot cling to the past, its memories and comforts. The wonderful things that are happening around us now, in the present, are what is important and we should focus on them.

– Work on changing your thinking process and your habits will change automatically.

– Just imagine how wonderful it would to have a bookshelf filled with only the books that you love. Isn’t it just beautiful? If you a bibliophile, then there could be no greater happiness.

– If someone is giving you a present, then receive it.

– If you fail to return things to their designated place then it will cause clutter.

– Effective storage should reduce the stress of keeping things in the right place, not the struggle to get them out.

– The best time to read and enjoy a book is the first time you come across it. Here, timing is of utmost importance. It is better to keep your book collection small so as not to miss that moment.

– The visible and discernable part of the mess distracts us from identifying the true source of the mess.

– If you have read a book halfway and stopped, then there’s no problem in that. That book was meant to be read that way and it is better to leave it like that.

– All the houses I come across always have sufficient storage. The real problem lies in the fact that we own far more things than we actually need and want.

– People who own a large book collection usually turn out to be diligent learners.

– You might not believe it, but your self image is affected by what you wear around your house. If you are sweatpants everyday, then you will find that you look like you belong in them.

– Not everyone you come across will become a friend or confidant; some might even get on your nerves. But these kinds of people make you realise who you actually like and you will start appreciating them more.      

– If you make a strategy of tidying only a little everyday, then you will end up tidying everyday.

– People who identify as storage experts are actually hoarders.

– According to me you should dispose off things that don’t fall into these three categories: in use at the present, required for a short period of time, always needs to be kept.

– The best rule you can abide by while choosing whether to or discard something is to determine if that item makes your heart happy of brings you actual joy.

– You need to start tidying up categorically and not by place.

– The process is really very simple. Sit down with a clear mind look over everything you own, make a decision regarding whether you want to keep it or not and then choose a place to keep things yu want to retain.

– Remember that every item you own should be of some use to you.

– The act tidying is done to restore the balance between people, their worldly possessions and the space they occupy.

– When I am tidying up I also dress up. I view tidying as a warm goodbye to the things I no longer need and treat as a farewell party.

– Make sure to gather everything you want to sort through in one place before starting. This helps you gauge how much you actually own.

– You see, disposing things is helpful towards improving your decision making skills.

– Acknowledge the contributions they have made to your life, express your gratitude to them and let them go. You will be able to put your life and the items you own into perspective.

– It is recommended to appoint a specific place for everything you own, so that everything has a spot to go back to.

– Tidying up a space acts as a path to establish the lifestyle you want.

– People who point out other people’s mess, usually neglect taking care of their own space.

– If your family is not into tidying up and keeping things organised, then you can start by cleaning up your personal space and throwing away the inessentials.

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