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Chapters 3 and 5: Tidying By Category Works Like Magic

The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude, and bidding them farewell, is really about examining your inner self, a rite of passage to a new life.

Tidying is fun! When you tidy by category, starting from the easiest to the hardest things to tidy up, you make the process a whole lot simpler and you will definitely enjoy yourself. While it may seem like a daunting and impossible task at first—and this is especially true for those with particularly messy houses—as you go through the process of tidying up and begin to reduce your belongings, you will come to a point where it all just “clicks.” Basically, you will instinctively know how many of your belongings are necessary for you to be happy. Then, you will have no problem discarding the rest.

Tidying up can also provide insight into what you really like and who you truly are. As a big part of tidying is discarding the things that do not bring us joy, what we are left with will show us what does bring us joy. Plus, tidying up will hone your decision-making abilities and as a result, turn you into a more confident person. It will reduce your stress as you will no longer panic when you can’t find something. When you have a tidy home, you know exactly where everything is! Truly, keeping a neat and tidy home has benefits far beyond the aesthetic appeal.

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