The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

By Marie Kondo

  • Release Date: 2014-10-14
  • Genre: Lifestyle & Home
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,275 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Very Interesting

    5
    By Out of Stater
    The concepts discussed in this book are interesting. I don’t know if I would say I look at inanimate objects and feel joy, but the message of the book is on point. The folding methods and storage ideas are awesome. I, as a single male, have found this a great read!
  • Life-Changing

    5
    This book changed my entire life. You absolutely must read it! You TRULY probably don’t know how much you’re missing out on/ getting stressed about nothing until you read this. LOVE LOVE LOVE
  • Lots of filler

    3
    By A. W.
    Have you ever read those web ads that promise the secret to some such thing — weight loss, self-defense, secret to charisma in dating and business — only to read long-winded success stories that hide the technique for page after page until you get to the point where you have to make a purchase in order to reveal the secrets? Reading this book is kind of like that, except you already paid for it. The pages are filled with stories that kinda-sorta illustrate some substantial points, but then you get to the points that last maybe a sentence or two and are printed in bold-face. These are very useful but you can get to them by reading the chapter or section headings and then reading the bold-faced principles, skipping through tons of filler stories. Basically, the first step is to toss out all your unused, never-to-be used items, in a particular easy-to-hard order, and do it all at once rather than in short bouts spread over months. Your resulting collection of possessions will be much reduced,which will then simplify your organization. There are other useful points like folding and arranging your clothes, and so on, but they’re easily absorbed while skimming or skipping the stories entirely.
  • Worth the read

    4
    By janefar
    This lady is crazy, like actually nuts, but I bought into every main point she makes. My house and my life are in order and it feels JOYFUL. I am glad I read this and constantly am asking, does this spark joy?
  • Too long

    2
    By Julbingo
    Had some great tips and insights, but it could’ve been like a third of its length. Like a great article fluffed up too much.
  • Honestly Life Changing

    5
    By Nate Guerrero
    I’m still a young man with a lot to learn and something has drawn to read book despite the fact that I haven’t read I’m almost 4 years. It has changed me and made me appreciate more of my thing, this “KonMari” method has changed the way I look at things everyday and pushes me to change my life. Thank you Mrs. Mary Kondo
  • Unique View, Definitely More Extremist

    4
    By ecarroll627
    Listen, I’m not going to sit here and say this is for a typical person looking some quick tips. Now, that being said, anything in this book could be taken with a grain of salt and modified for someone looking for an extra push. I am someone who is looking for a bigger push towards minimalism and this book had some really great suggestions. Like some other reviews, I also wish there was more focus on how to work with others if they aren’t quite on board with this view. This is lightly touched upon, but would be nice to be seen as a common theme in the book. There are some views that may be more out there such as treating clothes or the home at personal, but hey, that is what was working for the author, and I definitely see the merit. At points, I felt the book repeated over and over and over, which, I get. It is a book on tidying. It was a lot though. Main take aways -Declutter first, by category not by room -Save personal items for last -Go through items one at a time, saving only items that bring joy -Only when things are decluttered completely, find a place for remaining items and know that then they shouldn’t need to find a new space -Purchasing storage is not really a solution All in all, I learned a lot and there were great ideas for cleaning and folding that I also look forward to putting into practice to make sure my home stays and enjoyable place to live!
  • 🔥🔥

    5
    By Won't sync 2
    💡💡💡🙏🏾🔥
  • The life changing magic of tidying up

    5
    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!

    5
    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!