5-Step Decluttering Cheat Sheet

  1. Discarding by category comes first (clothes first, then books, papers etc.)
  2. Break a category into subcategories (e.g. Tops: shirts, sweaters etc.)
  3. Keep only those things that spark joy (pick them one by one and decide if they stay or not)
  4. After you've finished discarding, organize your space thoroughly and completely (store all items of the same type in the same place)
  5. Do it all in one go (tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little).

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2 essential actions of tidying
  1. Discarding - getting rid of everything you don’t need, by asking “Does this spark joy?”, while holding the items, one by one;
  2. Deciding where to store things;

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  1. This process may not be realistic for larger spaces or families: This guide is written from the point of view of a single woman in her early 30's who lives in a small flat in Japan.
  2. Category sorting may not be as effective if you have a family.
  3. Untagging clothes and immediately hanging them in your closet doesn't always make sense.
  4. The book doesn't address how to deal with children's toys.

Paper piles include mail, bills, receipts, and magazines. When you can't throw anything away, follow a three-folder filing system:

  • Pending papers: Anything that requires action, like a bill you have to pay.
  • Forever papers: Birth certificates and mortgage documents that you don't handle often.
  • Temporary papers: This folder is for papers you know you'll let go of in the future, like warranties, lease agreements, or study materials.

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