“Tidying Up” – a cult-like obsession for decluttering.

Only keep things that make you happy!

The new Netflix show, “Tidying Up,” is a cult-like obsession that has households everywhere, mine included, learning valuable lessons about how they think about their stuff.

Marie Kondo encourages you to shift your mindset to the feelings your items evoke by adopting a minimalist, category-by-category technique where you only keep the items that make you happy.

The KonMari method is a system of simplifying and organizing your home by getting rid of physical items that do not bring joy into your life. It was created by organizing consultant Marie Kondo and described in detail in her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. KonMari teaches you to ask a simple question when you go about tidying up your house. Of each item in your home ask, does it spark joy? If not, get rid of it.

Marie Kondo’s six rules for tidying are:

  1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
  3. Finish discarding first.
  4. Tidy by category — not location.
  5. Follow the right order.
  6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

After watching the series, I’m convinced tidying up your stuff really can improve not just your organizational skills, but more importantly, your quality of life.

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