Tidy House, Tidy Mind

Turn your surroundings into a more comfortable and convenient living space

How to keep the house neat and tidy? This question is asked for a simple reason. Everybody has to clean their home. Cleaning and organizing things gives people a feeling of control over their lives and living spaces. If you do it right, these authors believe there is a chance you can optimize your happiness.


A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind
(Shoukei Matsumoto)

The core values of the book are clear in the title. It is not full of sublime and mysterious philosophies that are unrealistic. Matsumoto’s introduces you to daily monastic cleaning rituals at the Komyo temple in Japan where he lives. It debunks the stereotype about cleaning as necessary manual work. He explains the reason to clean and organize things is not to get rid of a dirty, messy state. Instead, it is a spiritual practice and a way to lift up the cloudy curtain covering our souls. It is a journey of self cultivation. Matsumoto presents readers with 10 life-worthy philosophies about cleaning. It may be easy to do the physical work, but it is more of a challenge to absorb the philosophies’ deep, hidden meanings.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
(Marie Kondo)

World-renowned organizational consultant Marie Kondo will help you clean your rooms once and for all. Her inspiring methods are presented step-by-step so you can be successful. She maintains the key to a positive result is to keep only the things that spark joy, and do it quickly and all at once. After you finish cleaning and organizing, you only need to consider two options, keep or discard the items. Kondo’s method is based on the motto, “If you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again!”

Very motivating.

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
(Sasaki Fumio)

The minimalist Japanese lifestyle (Danshari) focuses on liberating people from material obsessions both physically and mentally. It maintains that when you begin to throw away unnecessary, extra items, you will start to see a much easier and more comfortable life. Less focusing on material also saves us a lot of time and money for other essential values in life. Through the book, Fumio explains the rules of discarding furniture completely. As you lighten the space around you, he notes you should feel the energy of overwhelming happiness.

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