A Survey of the Psychology of Things

Spoiler alert on The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

Brimming with nuggets of home organization wisdom, this book is sure to give you a new perspective on the things you own and how you relate to them.  In Marie’s book we learn a good deal about the psychology of things with the term life changing not being used lightly. I have provided the top five highlights of the book and hope it will inspire you to take the time to read this life changing book!

  1. Tidying a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever. One of the key components to adopt the proper mindset is to tidy up in one shot, not a little here and there.

  2. Storage experts are hoarders. Simply putting something away in a designated place is not the idea. ”Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.”

  3. Discard and then decide where to store things. Discard first and store later! Deciding what to keep is more important than deciding what to get rid of.

  4. Organize by category. When you do your one shot of tidying up make sure to start with one category at a time. For instance gather all of your clothes, no matter what room they are in and bring them all together on the floor to sort.

  5. “The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” In this quote she is explaining the importance of not letting your items own you.

Take it from Laura’s recommendation on Amazon, ”Reading this book was life-changing.”  Marie provides a definite mind switch for the organizational layperson. This book is well guided motivation to get your home in order!