Many of us have been curious with Marie Kondo’s decluttering methods. The cheerful Japanese cleaning consultant first caught our attention to sparking joy in her international bestselling book, the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. Now, there’s a new series on Netflix and we’re not only obsessed, but we’re now motivated to actually apply her everyday practice.
Her method is simple and full of gratitude. In each episode she helps people tidy up the material things and what happens is more than fulfilling, it’s emotional and beautiful.
Within the first episode of the Netflix Original series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, I was already inspired to dump all my clothing into a pile and hold each item to see what still brings me happiness. Whatever doesn’t? Thank you, next. No really…she tells us to say “thank you” and let it go. The ritual is cleansing.
This isn’t a show about hoarders. It’s about everyday people who have just been too busy with life, and, okay, some maybe just too damn lazy, who, all of the sudden find themselves just feeling drained of energy or overwhelmed to declutter. Kondo doesn’t shame them but reminds them of what really matters. She seeks the good in every possible light.
In celebration of this new series, we’ve scoured her book for our Top Ten Life Changing Quotes…
Sort by category, not by location.
Tidying is the tool, not the final destination.
Does this spark joy?
Can you place your hand on your heart and swear that you are happy when surrounded by so much stuff that you don’t even remember what’s there?
To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.
The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it.
It is not our memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure.
Don’t worry about throwing away too much. There will come a moment when you know what is just right.
Clutter is caused by failure to return things to where they belong.
Everything you own wants to be of use to you.