The importance of tidying up your physical environment


I recently moved to a new place, and I’m excited about living in my new home with awesome roommates.

This holiday I took the opportunity to re-read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

I’m a methodical person with peculiar morning rituals.

For me, rituals are paramount.

The KondoMarie method is fabulous for personal productivity and mental fortitude. I love the simplicity of her writing and that ultimately, by giving life to what you own you understand if “they spark joy” or not.

I moved twice this 2017, always going to smaller places, in order to save money. Every time I moved, I got rid of about 30% of my possessions, and I still feel that I own too many things. Living in the United States does that to you over time, I guess.

The ultimate social-status is no ownership, but full-time access to anything on your terms and conditions — More on this in a future post.

Real joy comes from within and by tidying up you always restore balance in your life. Letting go is more important than adding.

I’m content with my new space, and with the fact that it seems like the longer I live and the wealthier I get, the lesser material things I need.

Like Ray Dalio says, life is about meaningful work and meaningful relationships.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Marie’s book:

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”
“When we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”

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