1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
The first step is to commit yourself to tidying up. This means making a decision to change your current situation and taking the necessary steps to do so. It can be helpful to imagine your ideal lifestyle and what it would look like, in order to get motivated to start tidying up.
2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
Take some time to think about what would make you happiest in terms of your home and life. What kind of environment do you want to have? Visualize it, and this will help get motivated.
3. Finish discarding first.
The second step is to finish discarding first. This means getting rid of as much as possible before you start organizing. This can be done by following the right order – starting with clothes, then books, papers, and finally komono (miscellaneous items).
4. Tidy by category, not by location.
The third step is to tidy by category, not by location. This means sorting everything into categories and then dealing with each one separately. It can be helpful to have designated areas for each category – such as a closet for clothes or a drawer for papers.
5. Follow the right order.
The fourth step is to follow the right order when tidying. This means starting with clothes, then books, papers, and finally komono (miscellaneous items). Breaking down the task this way makes it easier and helps prevent overwhelm.
6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
The fifth and final step is to ask yourself if each item sparks joy. This means really evaluating every item in your home and determining if it brings you happiness or not. If it doesn’t, then you should consider getting rid of it.