A Jewelry Cabinet Lover looks at 9 Popular themes from the
“The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Mari Kondo
1). Everything starts with a mindset
I realized that in order for me organize properly and stick with it, I need to change my attitude towards it. Otherwise, I will go back to my old ways and clutter up again. Having a LUXFURNI jewelry organizer makes things easier for me to organize. All I need to do is decide on what needs to be discarded and what needs to stay.
• “People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking. And that is not easy!”
• “Remember: The KonMari Method I describe in this book is not a mere set of rules on how to sort, organize, and put things away. It is a guide to acquiring the right mindset for creating order and becoming a tidy person.”
• “When you tidy your space completely, you transform the scenery. The change is so profound that you feel as if you are living in a totally different world. This deeply affects your mind and inspires a strong aversion to reverting.”
2). My Home is a Sacred Space
My home is my own personal space away from the hustle and bustle of today. Away from the rat race. I should start respecting myself by transforming it into a sacred spot. I don’t have much space at home but having a jewelry armoire allows me to create space when there isn’t much available for me.
• “Everyone needs a sanctuary.”
• “Transforming the home into a sacred spot, a power spot filled with pure energy.”
• “By eliminating excess visual information that doesn’t inspire joy, you can make your space much more peaceful and comfortable.”
3). Your Things Are Alive
I can imagine that sorting out can be no easy task especially if you’ve had those jewelries and accessories with you for a long time. Having a jewelry cabinet at home helps me sort out my jewelries and accessories effortlessly. I can showcase my collection and determine what needs to be discarded immediately.
• “I began to treat my belongings as If they were alive when I was a high school student.”
• “Just like the gentle shake we use to wake up someone up, we can stimulate our belongings by physically moving them, exposing them to fresh air and making them ‘conscious.’”
• “In Japan, people believe that things like cleaning your room and keeping your bathroom spic and span bring good luck, but if your house is cluttered, the effect of polishing the toilet bowl is going to be limited. The same is true for the practice of Feng Shui. It is only when you put your house in order that your furniture and decorations come to life.”
• The concepts underpinning Feng Shui are the dual forces of yin and yang and the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth). The basic is that everything has its own energy and that each thing should be treated in way that it suits its characteristics. To me, this seems perfectly natural. The philosophy of Feng Shui is really about living with in accordance with nature. The purpose of my approach to tidying up is exactly the same. The true process of tidying up is, I believe, to live in the most natural state possible. Don’t you think it is unnatural for us to possess things that don’t bring us joy or things that we don’t really need? I believe that owning what we love and what we need is the most natural condition.”
4). Decluttering as a One-time Celebration
The first time I organized my makeup, jewelries and accessories was the last time. My jewelry cabinet makes everything so easy for me. I just need to return them where I got them from. No worries!
• “I begin my course with these three words: Tidying up is a special event. Don’t do it every day.”
• “I believe that tidying up is a celebration, a special send-off for those things that will be departing from the house. “
• “In Japanese, the term ‘Ikki ni’, or ‘in one go’”
• “Ultimate secret of success is this: If you tidy up in a shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mindset.”
• “It is best to tidy up quickly and get over with. Why? Because tidying up is not the purpose of life.”
5). The KonMari Method
I realized that part of organizing my jewelries and accessories, is learning how to let or discard the things I don’t need anymore. For the things that are of value, I prefer giving it to my friend or family. My jewelry organizer allows me to see the accessories that I really like and haven’t worn.
• “Two essential actions: discarding and deciding where to store things. Of the two, discarding must come first.”
• “This is why tidying up must start with discarding. We need to exercise self-control and resist storing our belongings until we have finished identifying what we really want and need to keep.”
• “Ask yourself ‘Why?’ again, for each answer. Repeat this process from three to five times for every item.”
• “The best sequence is this: clothes first, then book, papers, komono (miscellany), and lastly, mementos.”
• “Japanese word for healing is te-ate, which literally means ‘to apply hands.’”
6). The Selection Criteria is more than just “Spark Joy”
When I was digging through the rubble of my jewelries and accessories, I used Mari Kondo’s words to help me determine what I should keep and arrange in my hanging jewelry organizer. Jewelry storage can be a little tricky so I thought of asking myself if it “sparks joy,” “inspire joy,” “thrill of pleasure,” “speak to your heart,” “moves you,” and “love.”
• “Selection Criterion: does it spark joy?”
• “The criterion is, of course, whether or not it gives you a thrill of pleasure when you touch it.”
• “You’ve mastered what’s inside. Instead, take each book in your hand and decide whether it moves you or not.”
• “Keep things because you love them- not ‘just because.’”
• “Sorting will proceed smoothly, and you will be amazed by your capacity to choose on the basis of what gives you pleasure.”
• “Always keep the ones that inspire joy.”
7). Keeping what you love
As I started to sort out and declutter my makeup organizer and jewelry stand, I realized that if I was to organize all of these, at least I should be surrounded by things I love. I should only be keeping and holding things that bring me joy. After all, tidying up should be fun.
• “If I had been a little smarter, I would have realized before I became so neurotic that focusing solely on throwing things away can only bring unhappiness. Why? Because we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.”
• “I came to the conclusion that the best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.”
• “I chose this standard for a reason. After all, what is the point in tidying? If it’s not so that our space and the things in it can bring us happiness.”
• “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”
• “I can think of no greater happiness in life than to be surrounded only by the things I love. How about you?”
8). Then organize
Discarding was a breeze after learning the principles of what should stay. I found out in the end that I could easily live with a few things I love. I did not need to have stockpiles of accessories. One thing I can’t forget about Mari Kondo was that “clutter was a failure to return things where they belong,” and “don’t scatter storage.” This is perhaps the reason why I love my makeup cabinet and jewelry organizer from LUXFURNI. It simply represents Mari Kondo’s words in her book.
• “You must begin by discarding. Once you have done that, it’s easy to decide where things should go because your possessions will have been reduced to a third or even a quarter of what you started out with.”
• “When you are choosing what to keep, ask your heart; when you are choosing where to store something, ask your house.”
• “Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out.”
• “The secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue ultimate simplicity in storage so that you can tell at a glance how much you have.”
• “I have only two rules: store all items of the same type in the same place and don’t scatter storage space.”
9). Transform your Home to Transform Your Life
After organizing my accessories and makeup, I looked at everything I have done and began to ponder about what organizing is really about. It is transformative. It starts and ends with a mindset. It has given me so much joy. But what it really is to me now is that life can truly begin after you have put your house in order and that is the most important thing. My makeup organizers, mirror cabinets and jewelry boxes are so much beautiful and alive today.
• A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming.”
• “It’s a very strange phenomenon, but when we reduce what we own and essentially ‘detox’ our house, it has a detox effect on our bodies as well.”
• “I think the main reason tidying has this effect is because through this process people come to know contentment. After tidying, many clients tell me that their worldly desires have decreased. Whereas in the past, no matter how many clothes they had, they were never satisfied and always wanted something new to wear, once they selected and kept only those things that they really loved, they felt that they had everything they needed.”
• “‘Ah! This is just the amount I need to live comfortably. This is all I need to be happy. I don’t need anything more.’ The satisfaction that envelops your whole being at that point is palpable. I call this the ‘just-right click point.'” (Note: Read more “aha moments” from the top names in slow and simple living)
• “Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.”
• “Pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life. I am convinced that putting your house in order will help you find the mission that speaks to your heart. Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.” (Note: The Japanese also have a great process for creating your life purpose called Ikigai)