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5 magical mind tricks to help you declutter your home

5 magical mind tricks to help you declutter your home

Have you ever heard of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?

“Oh great, another book telling me what’s wrong with my life” was my first reaction. Nonetheless I sat down to read it and quickly found it far more helpful than I could have ever hoped for.

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What really what sets this book apart and grabbed my attention is the perspective it has on tidying. Tidying isn’t really about knowing your drawer space, tidying is about knowing yourself (it sounds deep, I know… bare with me) .

Here are just five of the joy-inducing, perspective-shifting principles of Kondo’s amazing book:

1. Don’t blame yourself for not knowing how. Tidying is not a gift; it’s a skill.

“The general assumption, in Japan at least, is that tidying doesn’t need to be taught but rather is picked up naturally.”

So, it’s either you have the gift or you don’t, right?


The fact is, you can’t tidy if you never learned how. That’s the title of one of the very first chapters! And learning to tidy doesn’t involve magic, and it’s not a gift that the Tidy Fairy bestows once in a generation.


Image Source: “Mary Poppins.”

Here are the two tidying tricks:

  1. Decide whether or not to dispose of something.
  2. Decide where to put what you keep.

2. You can trust yourself and your emotions. They’re actually very precise in their wisdom.

The secret sauce of the one-two step of tidying above is use your emotions too. When you’re tidying, feel your clothes. Then feel your feelings. If you feel a jolt of joy, you’re keepin’ it.


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Your emotions are your divining rod, leading you toward goodness.

“You’re not deciding what to throw out, you’re deciding what to keep. In your house, but also in your mind and in your future.”

3. No comparing.

Don’t compare yourself to others. You’re different. You’re unique.



As Kondo says, “You are the standard.”

You can’t possibly compare your tidying process to anyone else’s. Those are your jolts and yours alone. They’re special!

4. Be prepared for completing, not for starting.

“Storage should reduce effort to put things away, not effort to get them out. “

You’ll start that project anyway, but will you be ready for the NEXT start? This doesn’t mean you should always be looking toward the future. Rather, it means that the hard part is moving on.

Create a world where you can put what you’re doing away and move on to the next phase.


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5. It’s not actually about your stuff. It’s about YOU.

Kondo talks about sorting through clothes, books, and mementos in a very personal way.

“It is not our memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure.”


Image Source: “Beauty and the Beast.”

Because you’re not just processing your stuff, you’re processing your past.

“By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past.”


Now it’s time for you to use these mind tricks to declutter your home! What do you think of these?

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