Finish Discarding First

“Part 2” of Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (or, from this point forward, TLCMOTU) is titled, “Finish Discarding First.” A self-explanatory title; she shares the mental approach she uses when deciding whether to toss or keep an item. I hope you all pick up this helpful book and read it on your happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤


“Do not even think of putting your things away until you have finished the process of discarding” (35).


“To summarize, the secret of success is to tidy in one shot, as quickly and completely as possible, and to start by discarding” (35).


“Think in concrete terms so that you can vividly picture what it would be like to live in a clutter free space” (36).


“The whole point in both discarding and keeping things is to be happy” (38).


“…we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of” (41).


“…take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it” (41).


“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest” (42).


“always think in terms of category, not place” (43).


“collect everything that falls within the same category at one time” (43).


“Gathering every item in one place is essential to this process because it gives you an accurate grasp of how much you have” (44).


“In addition to the physical value of things, there are three other factors that add value to our belongings: function, information, and emotional attachment” (45).


“The best sequence is this: clothes first, then books, papers, komono (miscellany), and lastly, momentos” (46).


“However, it’s extremely stressful for parents to see what their children discard” (48).


“To quietly work away at disposing of your own excess is actually the best way of dealing with a family that doesn’t tidy” (52).


“For this reason, it is essential to create a quiet space in which to evaluate the things in your life” (58).


“The best time to start is early morning” (58).


“When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about it’s true purpose in your life” (62).


“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must discard those that have outlived their purpose” (62).




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