The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
Who would have thought a book about tidying would really be about clearing mental space and eliminating decision fatigue… With only so much willpower each day, why waste mental cognition on finding and choosing clothes in the morning? This is why Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg wear the same outfit each day.

The KonMari method is simple:
(1) Discard all possessions that don’t “spark joy”
(2) Categorize the remaining items
(3) Efficiently organize and store

The best way to find out what you really need is to get rid of what you don’t. The reality is, really important things aren’t great in number. The whole point in both discarding and keeping things is to be happy. Don’t surround yourself with what doesn’t make you happy, mentally and physically.

I’ve begun a three year quest to become more of a minimalist. It can be lonely at first; having fifteen t-shirts, ten items in the fridge, and a desk that is practically empty. Marie Kondo notes how many of her clients ‘magically’ discover the time and energy to pursue their passions, and notice more opportunities present themselves. Even if you are lean and organized, you can learn much more aside from the books practical purpose: tidying.

Procrastination is a drug. When we get the urge to clean before an important exam or presentation, the mind is telling us it can’t think in physical clutter. When we eliminate physical clutter, we clear our mind of mental clutter. This idea alone has improved my strategic decision making tenfold. Though it seems paradoxical, when we hold on to materials for the sole purpose of keeping them, we fail to put what we learn into practice. We will not read this, or use that sometime. That ‘sometime’ never comes. If you really want something, use it!

“We live in the present. No matter how wonderful things used to be, we cannot live in the past. The joy and excitement we feel here and now are more important.”

If you’re waiting for the right time to use something, remember, the only difference between unused goods in your drawer and those in the store is the place where they are kept.