The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

By Marie Kondo

  • Publication Date: 2014-10-14
  • Genre: Lifestyle & Home
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,967 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

This New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most 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, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). 

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Latest User Reviews

  • The life changing magic of tidying up

    By Clutter Queen
    Very inspirational book and a must read for those wanting to “eliminate the clutter and stream-line their life. It’s a very well-written book which provided me with the motivation to get started. I’ve let my possessions control me for way too long and now can’t wait to start letting go and conquering the massive mounds of clutter I thought I couldn’t live without. Thanks for making it seem so simple. I’m now ready to let go and make the changes I need to live my best life!
  • Just the motivation I needed!

    By Blinders Are Off
    I can't help but feel like this book fell right into my lap exactly when I needed it most. I can't wait to wake up and put these practices into action tomorrow morning! Maria makes it very clear on how to best tackle such a big job of tidying, with practical tools anyone can implement to simplify their space, which in turn simplifies the mind and soul. Definitely a book I plan to recommend to friends!
  • Skeptical....but

    By Joe1284
    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my mother was telling me about a book she read for book club. Basically, she thought it was the worst book club book ever, and a waste of her time. We read the negative reviews and chuckled, so I decided to read the book and see what it was all about. I read the book in one day and was immediately inspired to clean out my 3 closets of clothes. Some of the things she suggest, like cleaning out your purse everyday and talking to your belongings, seem a little strange; however, I must say that the process did let me get rid of things I have held onto for years. If only I had the energy to apply this to my entire house. It took me 5 hours to complete the clothing purge and my back is killing me. In conclusion, I got rid of a bunch of crap and am inspired to continue.
  • Definitely Life-Changing!

    By Laptop Family
    If any book I’ve read lately is truly life-changing, it is this one. It is incredibly useful for me and for my family. I am a KonMari Lifer!
  • Helpful tips, too much filler and repitition

    By stelephantt
    I think that this book could have been summed up in a single, bulleted blog post. I did find a lot of the tips to be very helpful, but everything in between was just filler that seemed to keep repeating itself so by the time I got about half way, I just started skimming the rest. I also was disturbed by the fact that she brags about throwing away bags and bags of trash, but offers no direct alternatives to throwing things out (ie- changing shopping habits or donating items) and it all seems so wasteful to me.
  • Very useful

    By Era10s
    Loved it
  • Life changing

    By Trojane732
    I literally started picking up things...small items like lipsticks, all the way up to large items, like chairs and chucking them. Daily trips to goodwill are normal now and I've never been happier! Less is so much MORE!
  • Inspired

    By Epic.Boss
    This came to me as a recommendation. Though, I was anxious to start, this book gave practical advice. I found as soon as I had a question about the process, if I just kept reading a few more lines, I found my answers. I have already started to see the improvements in my life. Thank you Marie!
  • Great Read

    By Biznackah
    I love all the tips and rules this book gives! Such a great read I couldn't even put the book down! I read the whole thing and immediately started to tidy up (which is totally working!!) only thing I wish was that the examples, like specific folding of clothes - had photographed directions (or at least how the end product should work).
  • Unnecessarily verbose

    By Sanmog
    The book is too rudimentary to be considered transformational, yet lacking in the specifics (i.e. pictures of folding methods) to make it an effective how-to book. You may walk away with one or two good tips.