Tidying up is far more than deciding what to keep and what to discard. Rather, it’s a priceless opportunity for learning, one that allows you to reassess and fine-tune your relationship with your possessions and to create the lifestyle that brings you the most joy.
If you are confident that something brings you joy, keep it, regardless of what anyone else might say. Even if it isn’t perfect, no matter how mundane it might be, when you use it with care and respect, you transform it into something priceless. As you repeat this selection process, you increase your sensitivity to joy. This not only accelerates your tidying pace but also hones your decision-making capacity in all areas of life. Taking good care of your things leads to taking good care of yourself.
Tidying is the act of confronting yourself; cleaning is the act of confronting nature.
The real tragedy is to live your entire life without anything that brings you joy and never even realize it.
In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is revolutionary, Marie Kondo asks one question: “Does it spark joy?” What a magnificent idea. It cuts through all other questions. If one eliminates whatever in life does not spark joy, what remains is total love and another glimpse into one’s true self.