An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying upLarge Print - 2016 | Large print ed
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The light this book radiates, the presence it exudes, will depend on you and how you treat it, on whether you make use of it or just buy it and never read it. This is true for all things, not just this book: your mind determines the value of everything you own.
The first thing I saw upon opening the door was a clothing rack standing right in front of the closet, completely blocking one of its doors. A cardboard box filled with emergency food rations to be used in the event of a disaster sat on the floor, and beside it was a set of two large plastic drawers filled with surplus cleaning supplies and other paraphernalia. A pile of magazines towered in front of the built-in bookcase, and, worst of all, a new digital television had been plunked on top of the old analog TV, in a bold TV-on-TV arrangement.
Of course, I buy new clothes and other things, but I also let go of those that have served their purpose. Consequently, I never feel inundated with things, and, confident that I can care for them well, I feel very good about my relationship to the things I own.
if you cannot bring yourself to throw something away, keep it with confidence. It might be a T-shirt designed by your high school class for a school festival, for example, but if you can’t part with it, keep it. Don’t berate yourself for not being able to throw away something as simple as that. Rather, trust your instincts . . .
If you think that tidying up just means getting rid of clutter, you’re wrong. Always keep in mind that the true purpose is to find and keep the things you truly love, to display these proudly in your home, and to live a joyful life.
No matter how messy your house may be, tidying deals with physical objects. _No matter how much stuff you may own, the amount is always finite._ If you can identify the things that bring you joy and decide where to keep them, the job of tidying must inevitably come to an end.
If you are confident that something brings you joy, keep it, regardless of what anyone else might say. Even if it isn’t perfect, no matter how mundane it might be, when you use it with care and respect, you transform it into something priceless.
"Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order...Only when you know how to choose those things that spark joy can you attain your ideal lifestyle".
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