When tidying up, focus not on what to discard, but on what to keep

Marie Kondo felt that continuous discarding while tidying uptidying up
The main topic of Book - The life-changing magic of tidying up.. the Japanese art of decluttering and organizingBook - The life-changing magic of tidying up.. the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

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author: Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano
title: The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
year: [[2014]]





The KonMari methods simplified:

1.  Gather all items in that category in one p...
felt irritating after a while and it was hard to relax. As reported in Book - The life-changing magic of tidying up.. the Japanese art of decluttering and organizingBook - The life-changing magic of tidying up.. the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

Metadata:

author: Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano
title: The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
year: [[2014]]



, she switched her thinking around: Instead of putting her mental focus on all the things she didn't want anymore that needed to be discarded, she looked towards the items that enriched her life in some way, that sparked joy. This is where her famous decision criterion originated: Does this spark joyDoes this spark joy
This is Marie Kondo's famous criterion whether to keep something when [[tidying up]], presented in [[Book - The life-changing magic of tidying up.. the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing]]...

The act of discarding things on its own will never bring joy to your life. Discarding is not the point; what matters is keeping those things that bring you joy.

This is the single biggest misconception the general public has about minimalism. It is not about depriving us, but rather making room to cherish the things we really like. Later in the book, Marie Kondo describes a situation where we are surround by only the things that spark joy for us. What a wonderful thought!

This concept from tidying can be found nearly 1:1 in the philosophy of EssentialismEssentialism
The main philosophy explored in [[Book - Essentialism.. the disciplined pursuit of less]]

It is closely related to [[Deep Work]] and shares a lot of the same approaches (differentiating important ...
: Instead of saying 'no' to unimportant stuff, say 'yes' to important stuffInstead of saying 'no' to unimportant stuff, say 'yes' to important stuff
[[Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World]] presents a quote by David Brooks:

"If you want to win the war for attention, don’t try to say ‘no’ to the trivial distracti...