“Part 3” of TLCMOTU by Marie Kondo: Tidying By Category Works Like Magic
“The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude, and bidding them farewell, is really about examining your inner self, a rite of passage to a new life” (64).
“For the first category, clothing, I recommend diving further into the following subcategories to increase efficiency: Tops, bottoms, clothes that should be hung, socks/underwear/bags” (65).
“What things will bring you joy if you keep them as part of your life?” (66)
“Place every item of clothing in the house on the floor” (66).
“The most important points to remember are these: Make sure you gather every piece of clothing in the house and be sure to handle each one” (68).
“The real waste is not discarding clothes you don’t like but wearing them even though you are striving to create the ideal space for your ideal lifestyle. What you wear in the house does impact your self-image” (70).
“By neatly folding your clothes, you can solve almost every problem related to storage” (72).
“The key is to store things standing up rather than laid flat” (75).
“Once you have an image of what the inside of your drawers look like, you can begin folding. The goal is to fold each piece of clothing into a simple, smooth rectangle” (76).
“The most basic rule is to hang clothes in the same category side by side” (78).
“Arrange your clothes so that they rise to the right” (79).
“Hang heavy items on the left side of the closet and light items on the right” (79).
“But don’t forget that you first need to reduce your wardrobe to only those clothes that you really love” (80).
“Keep only those books that will make you happy just to see them on your shelves, the ones that you really love” (90).
“The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it” (95).
“Many items within the home are treated in the same way. They are placed, stored, and accumulate “just because,” without our giving them much thought” (105).
“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” (114).
“By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past” (116).
“…your past will become a weight that holds you back and keeps you from living in the here and now” (117).
“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” (118).
“As you reduce your belonging through the process of tidying, you will come to a point where you suddenly know how much is just right for you” (124).
“As you put your house in order and decrease your possessions, you’ll see what your true values are, what is really important to you in your life” (125).
“Focus instead on choosing the things that inspire joy and on enjoying life according to your own standards” (125).