Rule 3 Of The KonMari Method: Finish discarding first

Embarking on your tidying journey is about cherishing the items that bring you joy and putting the remaining to rest with gratitude.

Marie Kondo is one of today’s leading inspirators of joyful living. She’s helped people find joy, fulfillment, thankfulness, and tidiness with her six rules of tidying with the KonMari method.

Her process work. 

Here’s the third rule:

Finish discarding first

In her own words, Marie Kondo explains how to let go of things:

“Letting go of things can make you feel guilty or sentimental. You may be feeling too attached to the past. It’s time to move on. So, when something doesn’t spark joy, give it a proper send off. Express your gratitude, and say goodbye. Only by letting go of items, one by one, can you truly face your past, and begin to create your future.”

We haven’t come to the point of tidying anything because decluttering life starts with clearing the mind.

You’ve committed to tidying and have imagined your ideal lifestyle, now it’s time to let go.

Let go of things you own by reflecting on its history and service to you. Items with a history or sentimental value are hard to let go — thank them for their service and move on.

A proper reflective sendoff allows you to discard items, live freely, and move forward.

You’ll come to realize you have many unnecessary items in your possession. It may look neat on the surface when those items are put away, but in reality, it’s still messy.


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Consider her other Rules:

Rule 1 Of The KonMari Method: Commit Yourself To Tidying Up

Rule 2 Of The KonMari Method: Imagine Your Ideal Lifestyle

Rule 4 Of The KonMari Method: Tidy By Category, Not By Location

Rule 5 Of The KonMari Method: Follow The Right Order

Rule 6 Of The KonMari Method: Ask Yourself If It Sparks Joy

The KonMari method

“Most tidying methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.

People around the world have been drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking.”

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