33 Quotes from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book by Marie Kondo

Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been described as a book that will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home - and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Introduction Quotes

A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming. I mean it. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Introduction

Once you have experienced what it's like to have a truly ordered house, you'll feel your whole world brighten. Never again will you revert to clutter. This is what I call the magic of tidying. And the effects are stupendous. Not only will you never be messy again, but you'll also get a new start on life. This is the magic I want to share with as many people as possible. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Introduction

Chapter 1-2 Quotes

People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 1

When people revert to clutter no matter how much they tidy, it is not their room or their belongings but their way of thinking that is at fault. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 1

From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change. That's why the task of putting your house in order should be done quickly. It allows you to confront the issues that are really important. Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 1

Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, the room once again overflows with things, and some new and "easy" storage method becomes necessary, creating a negative spiral. This is why tidying must start with discarding. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 1

Effective tidying involves only two essential actions: discarding and deciding where to store things. Of the two, discarding must come first. This principle does not change. The rest depends on the level of tidiness you personally want to achieve. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 1

Once you have experienced the powerful impact of a perfectly ordered space, you, too, will never return to clutter. Yes, I mean you! - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 1

When you tidy your space completely, you transform the scenery. The change is so profound that you feel as if you are living in a totally different world. This deeply affects your mind and inspires a strong aversion to reverting to your previously cluttered state. The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. The same impact can never be achieved if the process is gradual. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 2

We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 2

To quietly work away at disposing of your own excess is actually the best way of dealing with a family that doesn't tidy. As if drawn into your wake, they will begin weeding out unnecessary belongings and tidying without your having to utter a single complaint. It may sound incredible, but when someone starts tidying it sets off a chain reaction. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 2

When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You'll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order. In the end, all that will remain are the things that you really treasure. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 2

Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or drawer that you have forgotten its existence? If things had feelings, they would certainly not be happy. Free them from the prison to which you have relegated them. Help them leave that deserted isle to which you have exiled them. Let them go, with gratitude. Not only you, but your things as well, will feel clear and refreshed when you are done tidying. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 2

Chapter 3 Quotes

When we take our clothes in our hands and fold them neatly, we are, I believe, transmitting energy, which has a positive effect on our clothes. Folding properly pulls the cloth taut and erases wrinkles, and makes the material stronger and more vibrant. Clothes that have been neatly folded have a resilience and sheen that can be discerned immediately, clearly distinguishing them from those that have been haphazardly stuffed in a drawer. The act of folding is far more than making clothes compact for storage. It is an act of caring, an expression of love and appreciation for the way these clothes support your lifestyle. Therefore, when we fold, we should put our heart into it, thanking our clothes for protecting our bodies. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

Many people simply don't know how to organize clothes on hangers. The most basic rule is to hang clothes in the same category side by side, dividing your closet into a jacket section, a suit section, and so on. Clothes, like people, can relax more freely when in the company of others who are very similar in type, and therefore organizing them by category helps them feel more comfortable and secure. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

Be careful not to bury clothes in the cupboard even if they are off-season. Clothes that have been shut up for half a year look wilted, as if they have been stifled. Instead, let in some light and air occasionally. Open the drawer and run your hands over the contents. Let them know you care and look forward to wearing them when they are next in season. This kind of "communication" helps your clothes stay vibrant and keeps your relationship with them alive longer. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

Books are essentially paper - sheets of paper printed with letters and bound together. Their true purpose is to be read, to convey the information to their readers. It's the information they contain that has meaning. There is no meaning in their just being on your shelves. You read books for the experience of reading. Books you have read have already been experienced and their content is inside you, even if you don't remember. So when deciding which books to keep, forget about whether you think you'll read it again or whether you've mastered what's inside. Instead, take each book in your hand and decide whether it moves you or not. Keep only those books that will make you happy just to see them on your shelves, the ones that you really love. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

If you missed your chance to read a particular book, [...] this is your chance to let it go. You may have wanted to read it when you bought it, but if you haven't read it by now, the book's purpose was to teach you that you didn't need it. There's no need to finish reading books that you only got halfway through. Their purpose was to be read halfway. So get rid of all those unread books. It will be far better for you to read the book that really grabs you right now than one that you left to gather dust for years. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

For books, timing is everything. The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it. To avoid missing that moment, I recommend that you keep your collection small. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

The true purpose of a present is to be received. Presents are not "things" but a means for conveying someone's feelings. When viewed from this perspective, you don't need to feel guilty for parting with a gift. Just thank it for the joy it gave you when you first received it. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

Truly precious memories will never vanish even if you discard the objects associated with them. When you think about your future, is it worth keeping mementos of things that you would otherwise forget? 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. So, once again, the way to decide what to keep is to pick up each item and ask yourself, "Does this spark joy?" - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past. If you just stow these things away in a drawer or cardboard box, before you realize it, your past will become a weight that holds you back and keeps you from living in the here and now. To put your things in order means to put your past in order, too. It's like resetting your life and settling your accounts so that you can take the next step forward. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

It is not our memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure. This is the lesson these keepsakes teach us when we sort them. The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

Once you learn to choose your belongings properly, you will be left only with the amount that fits perfectly in the space you currently own. This is the true magic of tidying. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 3

Chapter 4-5 Quotes

A common mistake many people make is to decide where to store things on the basis of where it's easiest to take them out. This approach is a fatal trap. Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 4

If you are aiming for an uncluttered room, it is much more important to arrange your storage so that you can tell at a glance where everything is than to worry about the details of who does what, where, and when. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 4

When you are choosing what to keep, ask your heart; when you are choosing where to store something, ask your house. If you remember to do this, you will instinctively know how to proceed with organizing and storing your things. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 4

One theme underlying my method of tidying is transforming the home into a sacred space, a power spot filled with pure energy. A comfortable environment, a space that feels good to be in, a place where you can relax - these are the traits that make a home a power spot. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 4

Although we can get to know ourselves better by sitting down and analyzing our characteristics or by listening to others' perspectives on us, I believe that tidying is the best way. After all, our possessions very accurately relate the history of the decisions we have made in life. Tidying is a way of taking stock that shows us what we really like. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 5

When we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 5

There are three approaches we can take toward our possessions: face them now, face them sometime, or avoid them until the day we die. The choice is ours. But I personally believe it is far better to face them now. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 5

In essence, tidying ought to be the act of restoring balance among people, their possessions, and the house they live in. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 5

It's a very strange phenomenon, but when we reduce what we own and essentially "detox" our house, it has a detox effect on our bodies as well. - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Chapter 5

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