Life lessons from organizing with Marie Kondo. Tidying isn’t just about your physical space. Aspects of your life will shift as you realize that in the process, you are actually creating the life you want.
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
Life lessons from organizing with Marie Kondo
Tidy a little a day – tidy forever
If you tidy a little at a time, you will always be tidying. If you tidy completely and thoroughly in one single shot you will have a complete change of heart about what you want in your home and your life. You will only have to do this once.
You must discard by category and in the right order. The best way to see what you have is get them together in one place.
- Komono (misc Items)
Does it give you joy?
Your focus will be on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of.
Decision making is the key
It is necessary to make decisions about each and every one of your items because this is what is going to help you figure out not only what physical things you want in your life, but what you want regarding – work – relationships – money – health, etc.
Storage experts are hoarders
If you aren’t using the things stored in containers, bins, and boxes, donate them. They weigh you down and rob you of open space in your mind and in your house. Find out how clutter can make you anxious and what you can do.
If you are saving a book to read later – just not now, let it go. Later means never. Read it halfway? Halfway means never.
If you regret discarding a book, it’s just a click away.
You find that you don’t need or want things that you have been saving
So many of the things you own have already fulfilled their purpose in your life. Free them from the bags and boxes they live in and let them go with gratitude. Somebody else will benefit from them. You can learn how to declutter without feeling guilty.
You are special
The meaning of a gift is to be received. Someone thought about you. You know you will not use the fragrance, lotions, or the clothes that are not your style – donate them immediately for the sake of the giver. Somebody else will be happy to have them. The alternative is to save it now to throw it away later, or let it sit and collect dust.
You are lucky to have special people in your life
Special memories of someone you love will never leave you. Think of your future. Is it worth keeping items that you would otherwise forget? And if you do forget about something you gave away – was it even worth remembering?
You learn about yourself
What we want in our lives now and for the future is what matters. Items from your past can hold you back from who you are becoming now. When your house is completely tidy and clean, you have no choice but to examine yourself and what you want in your life.
The magic of decluttering
Tidying isn’t just about your physical space. When your tidying is complete, you find that you are actually creating the lifestyle that you want. All aspects of your life will begin to shift.
Even a little clutter keeps us too busy to realize we are missing opportunities.
We get rid of clutter, or clean out a closet when we feel pressure to put something else in our life in order. Sometimes It is a handy excuse to procrastinate and it keeps us busy just long enough to avoid something else. You’ll never know what is waiting for you on the other side of your tidy house until you tidy your house! Clutter may have significance in your life.
Having less gives us more
We can’t “see” what we really need now, or what we are looking for in life when we have too many things. Even when our houses don’t appear to have clutter, we bury ourselves physically and mentally with what we do have. The best way to find out what you need or want in life is to get rid of what you don’t.
You will get more time back than you could imagine
It takes time to completely tidy your house, but what waits for you when you are done is more time to figure out what makes you happy in life. This is because the everyday tidying that keep you busy will disappear. You will ask yourself, Now what do I want to do?
You don’t need things
The person you have become because of your past is what to remember. You don’t need things to remind you of who you are, or where you’ve been. You are growing and trying to be your best self.
Keeping things from old relationships? You’ll miss the opportunities to make the one you have better.
You won’t lose yourself
You will not lose your identity by giving up something you don’t use or need. The opposite happens. You gain your identity by figuring out what you love, and getting rid of what you don’t. This will spill over into your life.
Your kids don’t want your stuff
The stuff in the boxes that you look through and organize every year – never make it into your living space. They are are in there for a reason, because most often they don’t bring you joy.
If you’re keeping something that YOU will never use for your kids, think again. Here’s a sobering thought -When we’re dead, it will all be trash.
When discarding your things, the decisions are completely your own, and the more you make, the better you get. Eventually you will happily make decisions because you are getting closer to your goal of surrounding yourself with only things that you love.
Pick a spot
Once you have finished discarding your items, storing them is very important. Pick a designated home for each item – once – and you will not accumulate again.
Where do you put something when you’re done with it? A gallon of ice-cream has only one home, and you know always where to find it. This is what you are striving for when storing your things.
Store similar items together – don’t scatter them around the house.
Leave it empty
Keep the top shelf in your closet empty because it will remind you of your accomplishment. Refreshing, open space gives you a feeling of peace and wonder of new opportunities waiting for you.
Making time for tidying can be challenging, but you will make it up in more ways than you can imagine.
What I learned about myself
If you came to my house before I decluttered, you might have said it looked neat and tidy. I only realized how much clutter I had when I put each category in one place.
After donating hundreds of books, I was left with a shrine of my favorites. From that collection – stood books on how to organize my house, overcome anxiety, life coaching, finding my passion, happiness, etc. Then it hit me.
One example of how my life changed is that I realized I wanted to share what I learned, so I created this website. If I hadn’t given away my other books, I would not noticed how important the others were.. The best way to find out what you need or want in life is to get rid of what you don’t.
What are you good at? What do you love learning about? Are you happily using your talents?