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u/[deleted] · 22 pointsr/AskWomen

Even when my house is dirty it looks clean, and it's all because of organization (and a touch of anxiety lol). Every single thing in my house has a place, and when I get something new I immediately find a place for it. This way my house always look straightened and neat.

This book helped me, and continues helping me a lot: The life changing magic of tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

u/redtonks · 15 pointsr/MakeupRehab

I don't see why you can't do both. I mean, panning a palette is about the marathon, not the sprint. Why not use it for, say, a few months, then take a month break, then go back? Or use it 4 nights a week and whatever you want the others?

I mean, you're supposed to enjoy using your makeup, and it doesn't have to be one or the other. Even if you only pan 8 months out of the year for pan that palette, you're still panning, and that's great.

I'm more concerned about the hoarding aspect. It's really easy to keep putting stuff away and use it later, but eventually,y our stuff WILL go bad. It takes awhile with dry eyeshadows, but it does happen, and you're not going to be happy when something you saved for a rainy day finally kicks it.

Panning in general is meant to love your stuff and give it the attention it deserves, and the love of using it up and thanking it for its time. You might find the KonMari method book interesting on that topic and on the topic of getting rid of clutter permanently through a mind shift.

u/ChrisMill5 · 14 pointsr/declutter

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is most people's first choice when someone needs to get started. It's a recipe to change your philosophy on clutter. Some people swear by it, some don't like it at all. Just a good jumping off point.

u/hookdump · 12 pointsr/declutter
u/complimentaryasshole · 10 pointsr/AskTrollX

I love in a studio apartment so when I make the bed it at least looks like I got half my shit together. ;p It's the little things....

There's a new book that's all the rage right now and a few of my friends have tried it. Might be worth a peruse though to me it looks like next level organising. BUT I will say when my place (mostly) in order it helps me mentally also. I don't have all my shit together, but it's decent.

Also, give yourself credit! Recognizing the need for this change is the first step. This reminds me of a great line in one of my favorite books (Swan Song by Robert McCammon): "One step at a time, she told herself. One step and then the next gets you where you’re going". You'll get there. :)

u/FoxJitter · 8 pointsr/booksuggestions

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan. This was a great book on the importance of mindfulness and emotional intelligence.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Helped me get on the path to decluttering my life.

No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert Glover helped me to stop seeking approval from others and insuring my own needs are met.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini. A good introduction to social psychology.

These are just a few I've read in the past few years that have helped me. Good luck!

u/alittlelessobvious · 7 pointsr/AskTrollX

Getting enjoyment out of life is relatively new to me, as someone with a lot of mental health issues, and other things besides that don't really need explaining for these purposes.

Besides therapy (and like, a lot of it), the biggest things that are working for me in terms of actually making me happy are

  • Using Mel Robbins' 5 second rule to get up early in the mornings and working on my life-long goal of learning how to make video games before work
  • *Making* time to do things with friends I actually like, and trying new things as often as possible without overwhelming myself
  • Running like hell from my depression by filling every sliver of time I can with something I care about and making sure to exercise regularly. This works better if there's a goal involved. It's exhausting but honestly no more exhausting than letting my depression catch me.
  • Actively making an effort to enjoy the small things in my life that are good. My morning tea. The sunlight from my giant windows. My cat's fur. My husband's butt. Taking at least a few moments out of every day to remind myself "this is good"

    Though I wouldn't list this specifically as something that helps me get enjoyment out of life, you seem to be struggling with the amount of chores you have, so: I've also done a lot of work around figuring out how to make a lot of chore-type things in my life more efficient. Even though I don't agree with *everything* she says, Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up can help you figure out how to permanently de-clutter, which helps with cutting down on chores. Actually sitting down with a pencil and paper and thinking about how you could chores at certain times or in a certain order to maximize efficiency, then making a schedule or changing your habits might help. Also, picking up after yourself as you're living your life and encouraging your husband to do the same will help, if you don't do that already. It's hard to have concrete suggestions without knowing way too many details about your day-to-day life, but I'm confident if you sit down and think about what you need to do and how often, and maybe even google things like "how to make laundry more efficient", you can find at least one or two things that could get you a little more time.
u/sillybun99 · 7 pointsr/minimalism

If you go to Amazon and sort prices by low to high, searching for "minimalism", there's usually 1 or 2 books that are free. "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" really is the best book I've ever read on the subject. It's got the powerful ideas of organizing by category, choosing what to keep instead of what to discard, as well as the key concept of "sparks joy" which distinguishes it from most of the decluttering books that came before. The Manga version is a pretty good cliff notes version of it in comic book form. I'm quite fond of "Thrift" written by Samuel Smiles, which was written in 1875, as well as "How to Live on 24 hours a Day" by Arnold Bennett, written in 1908. Both are in the public domain, and you can find them free on Amazon or Google Play.

I quite enjoy the "Messy Minimalist" on Youtube, who's so far in the middle of a six month journey to declutter her hoard that she's gathered as the owner of an Inn and large garden, is really handy with tools, doing the Walden thing by moving from Manhattan to the country, and occasionally talks about things like her former World of Warcraft addiction.

u/KtO_ · 5 pointsr/xxketo

Shark Week hit me like a runaway freight train two days early, thanks hormones! Last night I curled up with a warm mug of Tazo decaf cinnamon baked apple tea, my heating pad, and a good book. Finished the night under my kcal goal a little hungry but I feel fine this morning, so I guess I just slept it off - still have to work my way through deciphering "real hunger" from "hunger" (especially during shark week).

I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo a few days ago and I'm interested to see if I can implement the type of tidying up she talks about, it'd be nice to finally declutter and organize my living space so I actually fit in it comfortably. I always feel surround by so much "stuff" and I think it's no bueno, my Mom raised me to be a sentimental pack rat... I've slowly been growing out of it over the years. I'll just have to decide that this is something I can do!

u/di0spyr0s · 4 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

So, i picked up this book two days ago. I finished it yesterday and went nuts on my wardrobe.

The premise of the book is to take out and handle everything you own and keep only things that make you feel joyful. It sounds totally hippy crazy stuff, and the author is bonkers in the best possible way, but the book is insanely inspiring and motivational and I've just filled two huge black trash bags of clothes to take to goodwill. I feel amazing! I mean, I didn't have much to start with, but EVERYTHING in my closet right now makes me feel amazing. it fits, it's comfortable, it makes me look great... I keep opening my closet and grinning :)

Next up, going through the book case and keeping only the stuff I really love and read over and over again (90% of my books are now on my kindle anyway) and tossing all that nasty old curry stained tupperware from my kitchen! I'm so excited to have a house in which everything makes me happy :)

u/Anatolysdream · 4 pointsr/fragrance

Sounds like time to Kondo your fragrance collection. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

u/mollysbloomers · 3 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

Here's the amazon link. I've done my wardrobe and plan on continuing. I come from a line of hoarders and am terrified of hoarding as well.

She also believes that once you tidy up your home, you are open to changing negative routines in your life. It's a lot at once, but I've just done the wardrobe category and I already feel so much better. And I've stuck with keeping things in their place as well. No more sweaters tossed on top of my dresser!

u/IGaveHerThe · 3 pointsr/DecidingToBeBetter

Just be careful, it's easy to fall down the rabbit hole of 'thinking you're being productive' but working ON things instead of "In" things. (Meta-procrastination is reading a book about getting organized instead of getting organized.) You should strive to have the simplest, most boring system that actually works for you. It's very easy to get caught up in the trap of researching the latest and greatest fad rather than actually doing the hard tasks that need to be done.

The 'classic' is "How to take control of your time and your life" by Lakein. This is the most generic, 1970s version of time management possible, but is helpful to understand as it is kind of 'responded to' by multiple other authors, even if they don't call him out by name.

Another frequently referenced work is "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Covey. This gets mentioned in a lot of places. It is a 'top down' style.

For a completely different perspective, try "Getting Things Done" by Allen. This will lead you to realize how many commitments that you have made. It is more 'bottom up'.

Finally, some of the most interesting stuff in this space that I have read is by Mark Forster. His latest book is here. And his blog is here.

At a high level, it is always useful to think about the utility of what you are doing - that is, making sure you are doing the right things, even if you are doing them slowly (working on your most important tasks), rather than doing low value tasks efficiently (man, I can read email quickly). Peter Drucker, Tim Ferriss (Four Hour Workweek), etc.

Other ideas/Books to research: JIT/Kanban, 80/20 'rule', "Eat that frog" by Brian Tracy. Smarter Faster Better by Duhigg, The Power of Habit also by Duhigg I also very much enjoyed. The Magic of Tidying up by Kondo might also give you some insight into cleaning out your commitments.

Hope this helps. I have read all of these so let me know if you have questions I guess...

u/blandarchy · 2 pointsr/Advice
u/Throwyourtoothbrush · 2 pointsr/AskTrollX

This book changed my life it sounds dumb, but I'm such a fucking slob, but my room is the neatest it's ever been, and getting rid of stuff has never felt less stressful. I've been at it for about 4 months, and when I backslide a bit it takes no time to get back... Also, I never thought I'd be into folding my clothes, but I love how neat and tidy my wardrobe is... It feels like I'm honoring the clothes I love to wear.

Oh, buy a plunger before you need it. Look at the cost of cleaning supplies at lowes or home depot and by everything but windex off brand.

Buy a stack of washcloths and hand towels. You'll save a bundle on paper towels by having reusable.

And buy a all in one tool kit with hammer, wrench, multi screwdriver, measuring tape, etc. It's amazingly useful and compact.

A flashlight is also not a bad thing to own.

u/larkasaur · 2 pointsr/declutter

Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is well worth reading. I thought reading your post that you would be helped by it.

u/needathneed · 1 pointr/Frugal

Making a list of everything you own seems unrealistic. Do I list all my books separately? What about my DVDs? If you're looking to unclutter, this book called "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up" is gold. If you, like me, watch videos of cats in Japanese households, you know they can be pretty austere. Even if you don't adopt the entire book, learning some tips and tricks has been helpful for me.

u/nidena · 1 pointr/ABraThatFits

I hate clutter too. I recently purged my wardrobe using the KonMari method.

u/omtastic · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

Um, YES!! If you are at all interested in getting rid of your shit/organizing, check it the shit out. "KonMari" is the method, and the book is called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I am 100% into it. Maybe check it out at the library & see if you dig it?

Heads up though: There's definitely a lot of Japanese culture that comes through (respect for your things, anthropomorphism, etc) which I personally love, but others find a little weird.

u/Meannux · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

What's the 2nd book? Only found the one:

I'm in the process of trying to do the same, been dealing w/ a lot of shit recently and got let go from work b/c of an inability to work/concentrate, now working on reinventing myself.

I found the other two "not giving a fuck" books by another author, though.

u/still_dreaming_1 · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

This little epiphany literally came to me in the shower this morning. It is a distillation/unification of one of the underlying lessons taught by all the books, articles, and webinars I have recently read/listened to/watched, including but not limited to:

Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success by Benjamin Hardy (

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey (actually I am just barely getting into this one) (

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō (

u/black_sartre · 1 pointr/dating_advice

Thank you so much for your note, and insights.

I believe that I'm doing all of the right things, as well. However, to avoid physical and psychological burnout, which is both painful and unhealthy, and to mitigate my perfectionism, I need to reduce the volume and complexity of my program of introspection, healing, and physical/psychological strengthening.

If I don't, the good things that I'm doing will periodically become bad things, every week, or two weeks, or at best, once a month.

My most recent burnout was intense, and lasted eight days.

In any case, your description of my internalized shame, and how it has manifested is accurate. And it was difficult cutting a number of people out of my life abruptly, and seemingly permanently, but it was necessary.

In the near future, I hope to forgive and make amends with a number of people, though I do not necessarily want to rekindle any past friendships or relationships. I simply want to forgive others, once I go through the process of forgiving myself, which is an ongoing process.

You are also accurate of your description to my inner state and inner monologue, when people ask me, "what's new"? As far as the few friends that I'm close with, who are also artists an entrepreneurs, I can answer honestly, when I speak to them. However, I simply cannot connect on the same level, with some of my friends who aren't artists or entrepreneurs. They don't have the same level of passion and creativity within their lives, they don't know about the ups and downs of working on creative projects within a professional context, they don't know about the fear, despair, and ups and downs of entrepreneurship, they don't know how hard I work in comparison to them (in terms of the sheer volume of hours put in), they don't know about the financial turmoil of not know where your next cheque is going to come from, and they don't know about the shame of living at home with your parents in your early thirties.

As far as continuing on path, you are right; I have to keep going. I simply need to continue down the same path, with humility, with balance, with equanimity, with far more breaks, with far more stillness, and with compassion for myself and others.

You are also right about me dating on the higher end of the appearance spectrum. I went to an arts school with many beautiful women, the university that I went to has a reputation for having many beautiful women which supplement its partying culture, and working in the arts and entertainment industries has caused me to be surrounded by many beautiful women for the vast majority of my life. The combination of the previously-mentioned environments, alongside perfectionism and my other insecurities have caused me to predominantly seek incredibly beautiful women, and unfortunately, it has also caused me to put them on a pedestal. Clearly, that hasn't served me, in regards to experiencing intimacy and connection, within the context of a meaningful, long-term, romantic relationship.

I fully agree with this sentiment, of yours: "Our self-concept becomes conflated with that person, it triggers and manifests are inherent state of emptiness. To feel complete and to remove that anxiety we have to acquire that person. The problem with strong attractions is that they are largely based on insecurity. A confident person does not get infatuated, for the most part anyways."

It describes my codependency, within romantic relationships, within potentially romantic relationships, and within my career.

I have obviously employed a number of tools and experts to mitigate some of these issues, and one involves reminding myself that it's unwise for me to look up to anyone, it's unwise for me to look down on anyone, and it's unwise for me to compare myself to others.

I find that when I enter a relationship or potential relationship with a lot of anxiety and neediness, and with a lot of emotions that I would associate with the confusion, fear, and anger of my childhood experience, it's a sign that I am out of alignment, that I am putting the other person on a pedestal, and that the whole thing will fall apart in one way or another; whether it's through my own self-sabotage, or the other person moving away from me.

Thank you for describing the distinction between healthy attractions and unhealthy attractions, and I hope that in time, I will be able to make the distinctions, and I will be able to see red flags much sooner. I am improving, but sometimes it takes a few weeks, a few months, or even longer to realize how far out of alignment I am, and that I am reenacting maladaptive childhood patterns.

However, outside of my insecurities, and needs for external validation, is it so wrong or maladaptive for me to be attracted to beautiful, sexy women, as a straight man? If I can connect to that strong attraction in a way that isn't needy, and that is grounded in mature sexuality, and non-attachment, wouldn't that be a beautiful thing, especially within the context of dating?

Last winter, I did try dating a woman that I wasn't particularly attracted to, and it didn't go anywhere, simply because she didn't turn me on. There wasn't that romantic spark there, and I couldn't get into her, despite all of her great qualities. So, idealizing the most beautiful women is unwise, but having little to no sexual chemistry doesn't work either.

In the meantime, it's important that I avoid burning out through perfectionism, because when I do, I enter a place of deep shame, anger, and isolation, and my cortisol and other stress hormone levels become unmanageable.

This leads me to have sex with escorts, and to eat far too much junk food, and I want to avoid both. They provide a fleeting form of relief, and contribute to the hamster wheel of shame, anxiety, perfectionism, and the need for control that I have been on, for a long time.

In addition to everything that I have been doing, and the multitude of tools that I have at my disposal, I started working in a more balanced way, as of yesterday, and I am currently reading the following books:

"Tao Te Ching" by Laozi:

"No More Mr. Nice Guy" by Robert Glover:

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Tony Schwartz:

"The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Condo:

Hopefully they will help, and I will also read your blog post, right now. I will comment on it, via a message.

Thanks again! I really appreciate your insights.