How does keeping things tidy change people psychologically? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
You gain greater confidence in yourself. Also, you become more optimistic and calmer in mind than before you tidied.
There are several reasons for these changes: your self-image improves as you start living in tidy, beautiful rooms, and you gain decision-making skills as you continue to choose between which things to throw/give away and which to keep. The way we let go of things in the KonMari Method plays an important role as well.
The KonMari Method has a step where we give thanks to the things we have before we throw them away.
The method insists you say "thank you for sparking joy in me," to a favorite piece of clothing that you wore till it was threadbare. You would also say to a piece of clothing you never wore once "thank you for teaching me that this fits or color doesn't look good on me." You will appreciate the roles of all the things that have come to you and experience appreciation for all of them.
Through this experience, you will rediscover the truth that so many things have supported you, and you will deepen your gratitude for things you leave behind.
To share a personal example, I have always had little confidence in myself. When I get nervous before a large speaking engagement, I think to myself that I'll be fine because these clothes are protecting me and these shoes are supporting me, and that calms me down.
Once you start feeling everlasting gratitude for your things and your home through tidying up, you will start feeling relief and calm as if you are always protected by something larger than you.
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