The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing by Marie KondoThe Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing by Marie Kondo

The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing

byMarie Kondo

Hardcover | October 14, 2014

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The #1 New York Times bestselling guide to decluttering your home and the inspiration for the hit Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

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.
Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, star of the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc. Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her tidying consultant business as a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying exp...
Title:The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And OrganizingFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:224 pages, 7.25 × 5.21 × 0.83 inShipping dimensions:7.25 × 5.21 × 0.83 inPublished:October 14, 2014Publisher:Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/RodaleLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really liked this I first bought this book when it came out and could not put the book down. I truly believe in the KonMari method and she helped me purge so much junk. Now that her Netflix show is out I am inspired to grab my book and go through another purge. Thank you #plumreview
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Galvanizing! Did it spur me to declutter and organize: yes! It definitely lit a fire within. Did it change my life: no! I am back to my lazy ways already.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marie Kondo gave the motivation I needed ... After watching Marie Kondo’s series, I ordered her books. This motivated myself to start my new year’s resolution. I have already learn some very helpful tips such as folding clothes (yes, there is a way and it will help you find things better - i’ve already rearranged by drawers), organizing (everything has a home) and decluttering (sometimes you just need to let go).
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a must read! I heard about Mari over a year ago and after a little research (while I was beginning to purge) I wasn’t ready for her method. Well starting in November I was officially ready. I loved the whole book. Her mentality, and her method are amazing. I now shop with a new view on items. Read it, you won’t regret it!
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book changed my life! Truly life changing! Marie Kondo’s methodology is simple and becomes a way of living. Having been a shrine keeper early in her life, she believes that the everyday items (which we wear, look at and surround ourselves with) should resonate with joy for the individual in the present moment. There is a time limit, too, with no less than 3 days and no more than 6 months, to touch and sort everything that you live with everyday (done in the five categories of clothes, books, papers, komono ‘miscellany’ and finally, sentimental items). After committing to the method, you touch each item and assess if it brings you joy. If there’s joy with an item, you decide which of the five categories it belongs in and move on to the next item. If it’s not bringing you joy now, thank it and pass it on to bring joy to someone else! If you have a house full of clutter and don't want to live that way, this book is for you! You have a choice and the Kondo method can help anyone add joy to their life.
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I only buy hard copies of the books that I love. When I started decluttering I started reading this book. Loved it so I decided to buy it.. I read it twice since and it won't be the last time. About to go through another decluttering so I will read this book once again as an inspiration!
Date published: 2018-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read So I was skeptical of this book going in, but I was looking for a change and to declutter. I found this book helpful and was able to get rid of a lot of stuff I have been holding onto for too long. I would love to continue to read and re-read this book to gleam every drop of advice.
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from excellent idea but really hard to implement started purging - book helped me undo the emotion ties but home still not clutter free (have two children) - slow baby steps which are helpful (but not what the book recommends).
Date published: 2018-08-31
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique process that works I am a huge fan of decluttering and this was a process that actually worked. The book is an awesome read again and again whenever i need a reminder.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my family's life I loved this book for myself but the biggest reason I love this book is that it changed the life of my mother and my sister. My mother was hoarding and is finally learning to let go. She has gone through the process 3 times now and keeps going again and again :) She loves it! My sister has repressed high anxiety and she has found not only the process very meditative, but now she feels she has so much more "free space" to focus on healing and mindfulness... I cannot tell you how much it has helped her.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This method may not work for everyone, but personally I've found it immensely helpful, and will be reccommending this book to anyone who I think will be willing to give it a try.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes you think about what you own A good book to read if you are looking to take a minimalist approach to decluttering. I like some of the methods she suggests, especially asking yourself if the items you own bring you joy. I felt the book was a little excessive (too long) for what it was trying to get across...ironic, being about minimalism!
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great advice Perhaps I don't follow this to a T, but I do think that Marie is on a mission to clear us of our clutter!
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! It's more useful than you thought! I picked up this book without expecting too much from it. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed reading it and found it to be really useful.
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Quick Read and Super Helpful After reading it, I was motivated to declutter my closet and shop less. It helped me to view things differently. Now I'd much rather spend a bit more money to go for quality things that are durable and ethical.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely hated it It was very repetitive and not needed. I would not recommend it, I did not even finish it, and was not worth the time. The book went right into the donation pile without a second though. Here's to hoping the second owner will enjoy it.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is indeed life-changing and a MUST HAVE! This changed my life. Marie Kondo's philosophy behind decluttering your life and space is so eye-opening. It feels amazing. I've recommended this book and gifted it to many friends! By far the best organizational book I've read. A must-read for all those type A personalities like me!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Really explains thoroughly how to change your habits, tidy up and organize your life. Great read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spark Joy I bought this book on a whim because it had an on sale sticker. One of the best impulse buys I have made. As silly as it sounds, this book has actually had an effect on how I live my life... from cleaning, to shopping, to how I view material objects. Great little book. I have bought a few as gifts for friends who all felt the same way after reading. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved this book - a clear and enjoyable read. I've applied the techniques to my own life to reduce clutter and so far it's been a great framework to use.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pleasant Read! There are some really great ideas in here. It made me revaluate what I own, and realize the importance of my space.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read Its a quick read, with some good thinking points. Definitely helps if you want to clean out your home and aren't sure where or how to start.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I don't usually read a lot of books, but this one was right up my alley. It was a quick and enjoyable read with a detailed explanation of the KonMari Method. I would definitely recommend this book if you are into organizing/ tidying.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great Does it spark joy? Yes! My friend recommended this book and it really helped organize my home. I was feeling so restless without knowing why. Once I tackled my bedroom and closets I was able to keep peace and order in my home. I still fold my socks the way she recommended!
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you like to organize.. Easy read, helpful tips to downsizing and organizing but some parts are a little unique/odd with sparking joy and thanking your items when you give them away.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought for my mom and she loves it! Extremely helpful and gives good advice on how to declutter your home/life. The book is to the point and easy to read.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good information Good information, but I only read 50% of the book and got bored. Probably a personal thing, as I can only finish books that are absolutely amazing. I know many people who would rate this book a 5 so please take my review with a grain of salt.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I like the idea...the book is just OK I've bought into the 'spark joy' idea...but the book is oddly written. Maybe it's a translation thing...
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love her serenity. It’s about being mindful. And that’s good enough for me.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not helpful I feel like this book was blown out of proportion, and the majority of it is common sense. It is also filled with things that may work for some people, but not for others.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me I can see how this book could help some, but I prefer a more practical approach to decluttering rather than attributing joy to every item I own
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good points but extreme method It's an interesting read and provides some great insight as to why we have a hard time letting go of material belongings and trusting ourselves enough to make decisions and hone our decision making skills. That being said I haven't tried the Marie Kondo method because it is a bit extreme (i.e. taking everything out of the shower when you're done, taking all your belongings out of your purse at the end of the day, etc.)
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! A great new way of thinking about 'things'. I really liked how positive and non-judgmental the author was about the accumulation of stuff. She took you through the process in a manner that made you address the root of what you want instead of the common 'how it should look'.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpful I followed the method and got rid of so much stuff, it was liberating!! It really helped me realize how much stuff we have but don't need. I find myself purchasing a lot fewer things now, and only what I really love.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the fence In theory, a lot of ideas seem like they would work, however, in practice, they would be difficult for some people to incorporate into their daily lives and routines.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motivating Last year I had to let go of almost everything I own due to a move, and was unable to bring 98% of my belongings. This book and the method really, really helped me let go of all that "stuff" and I feel so much lighter and clearer in my life.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so amazing This system really helps you to get rid of unnecessary things and declutter your space.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read even for those already tidy I've always been a bit of neat freak, so this book was right up my alley. But I can say it did still help me fine tune my possessions and be a more mindful consumer. I used her readings to branch out into wardrobe capsules and I would say its cut my fashion expenses in half yearly (at least!). I wouldn't say I adopt the whole Japanese KonMari method of hugging and thanking my possessions, but I definitely spend more time evaluating my future purchases after having purged past ones.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best, most entertaining, and most applicable self-help books ever When I finished reading this, I completely purged my room via the rules and guidelines and ever since I have managed to keep the contents of this book in my mind. Being clutterfree really does make a huge difference. I love this book. Not only are the ideas great, but the way it is written is lovely and helpful as well.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book, especially when combined with her second book A unique take on self-help and respect for your items that is just not found in North American culture. Short and sweet, and easily enforced practices (easy but time consuming) to give yourself and your home more breathing room.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ! I applied her method. And it works. I actually cleaned my work space and my "brain" feels relieved and clearer. I never thought that tidying could help me mentally as badly as this. I always thought that my room was an image of my mental state, but never had facts to prove it true; nor did I really gave it much attention. A great read. Easy to read and understand. Worth reading if you wish for a clutter-free way of living.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read great read, great ideas, must admit though that I did not follow her instructions...
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really works! This system really helps you to get rid of unnecessary things and declutter your space.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really helps you get organized The author's methods can be quite strange (I definitely did not take her recommendation of talking to my clothing), but overall it is a science and can really change your organizational methods. I would highly recommend using her app while cleaning with this book.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Practical advice, but unrealistic...perfect for the minimalist Interesting way of sorting things but not realistic for me. I think ideally everyone should be like this but we all have emotions and cling to things that have sentimental value. It would be so hard and time consuming to accomplish what was suggested
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I got this book a while ago and its been incredibly helpful at reframing my thoughts around " stuff". Why we hold onto it and its intrinsic value. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is having a hard time purging objects from their life
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Really enjoyed this book overall. I found the process to be therapeutic, her tips are great & if you do it right you will feel much more at peace in your space.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book While I didn't agree with every aspect of how to declutter each category listed in the book, I really enjoyed this book! The author gives great tips of how to declutter and enjoy living with less. I would consider myself more of a minimalist and this book makes me want to continue clearing out my personal belongings. I really like how she stressed to declutter first before organizing and focusing on only keeping items that "spark joy".
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Love love love this book. Permanently changed me and kicked my butt in gear. Will read again for years to come.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Personally loved it. I might not have stuck with every single point she made, but I needed this to inspire me and let me know I'm not unusual for wanting things to be a certain way or wanting to have less clutter. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very helpful! I always get distracted whenever I try to clean up my things. After reading this book, it helped me how to clean up my room better and maintain any mess to a minimum.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great insight This book provided great ideas as to how to tidy efficiently and how to sustain that cleanliness rather than constantly having to clean up. Each category is well laid out so you don't feel overwhelmed with where to start.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good starting point It's a good guide to get started on decluttering, but the extreme methods won't suit everyone
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very effective (if taken with a grain of salt) I bought The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up when my SO and I moved from a fairly large shared house into a teeny-tiny, one-room studio apartment. We're both knick-knack lovers, and we both own a lot of clothes, so needless to say, we had some decluttering to do if we didn't want to drown in garbagey old possessions upon moving in. The KonMari method is great at it's heart, but in it's intense minimalism, it misses one thing: sometimes, you don't particularly love a possession, and you don't use it that often, but if you're not rich you really do have to keep it around "just in case". Most people are not wealthy enough to buy those "once a year" tools when they need them and afterwards just chuck them out or donate them to charity so they don't clutter up the house, and replace them when needed. Most of us who do our own repairs probably *do* need an ugly, cluttered closet full of tools we rarely ever use, because we can't afford to call the plumber or electrician every time something (infrequently) breaks. As such, I used the KonMari method to declutter all of my less essential items -- books, excess clothes, knick knacks, papers, gimmicky kitchen gadgets, makeup -- but ignored her advice when it came to things that I very rarely use, but know that I do need every so often. This would include things like a steam cleaner, a sweater de-fuzzer, kitchen doodads that I only use during my Christmas baking, and several designated "ugly t-shirts" that I hate the look of but keep around for doing pottery, making jam, blacksmithing, or any number of messy activities. My devastatingly ugly hot-orange "faculty of journalism" t-shirt from university does not bring me any joy whatsoever, but it does prove very useful on the rare occasion I decide to paint a birdhouse or whatever.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it this book fundamentally shifted my mindset about tidying.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had to read it but didn't take a lot away I had to read this because of all the buzz around it but I didn't take a lot away from the book. It is good if you're into organization or feel like you could use some tips on helping to get your house and life in order. I didn't find reading it was life-changing though.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great idea Although some of her ideas might be a bit extreme, I was surprised to feel lighter after de-cluttering and tidying up. She was right for me when she says our belongings take up mental space as well as physical space.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book will make your life better!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an inspiring read This book gave me so much insight into how I can improve my living space, which ultimately improved my productivity and mood. I used to buy things I didn't really need out of boredom and they eventually cluttered my apartment so much, but now I'm extremely mindful of where I invest and what I fill my space with. An inspiring, motivating and easy read!
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly life changing! If you struggle with keeping your house tided up, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I enjoyed reading this book. It was very helpful for the decluttering process
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting reads! Very interesting point of view and it was an enjoyable reading.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing! Very useful information to tidying up. Read the book and listened to the audio. Started by minimalist journey now!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Inspiration.. for the right people Currently in the middle of decluttering my house and I find the book a great inspiration to follow! I found the writing very repetitive and slightly unorganized but the overall steps are clear. I think it will really move those already with a goal for a more drastically clear space to live in. Otherwise, it will seem like a chore to read if you just want to organize for one day to tidy things up.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read... good advice... I am a sucker for all things organization! I really tried to take Marie's tips and advice to task, but like another reader noted; it's hard to follow the rules when you have kids around. But all in all, it was a pleasurable read and rather eye opening - especially if you're on your way to hoarding!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Somewhat disappointed ... I think the the concept of this book is good, but I found this book extremely difficult to get into. I am great at tidying up and minimizing my possessions (I have done A LOT of this over the last year) - but I just found the writing style of this book to be very dry and challenging.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good in theory.... Lots of great ideas, but pretty impractical if you have kids. Some parts are good for a laugh.. :)
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ~ I listened to this as an audio book while cleaning up! Very inspiring~ I love getting rid of things!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life changing indeed After reading this book I took action and cleaned out my house. It made a difference in my life and I had to make life changing decisions. It changed my life for the better. I'm glad I bought it. I just wished it had pictures in it. I didn't like the fact that I had to buy the other book that completes it.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really helpful I'm really appreciating this method of decluttering. We've a big house with so much stuff we don't need, and it's all weighing me down. Last week we were able to rid ourselves of eight garbage bags full of things, and we're on our way to another eight this week! I feel less stressed, and am able to focus more on the things that really matter.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Guide on How to NOT be a Hoarder This book has helped me so much in tidying my home. She is the doctor of organization and by using her simple techniques to help you clear clutter and organize your space, you will feel like a new person - or at least like you are living in a new house! (The only part I skipped was about getting rid of books... )
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) got me movtivated to do something i've been procrastinating on for too long. really glad i picked up this book. now i have a space where i enjoy spending my time in.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from If you listen to this book you'll end up discarding it This book was a lot about whether or not something makes you happy. This book did not make me happy and I will therefore tidy up and discard it. I think this book might be more relevant for others. I recommend it to my sister and my mom.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable to Read I think those looking for ways to organize and make changes in their lives will enjoy reading this book. Definitely some helpful tips and tricks, and although I wasn't always in total agreement with the author's approach, there certainly are some good takeaways. Others I know who have read this book have mentioned wishing there were some illustrations for some of the methods discussed. I would agree, however, even without photos, the message gets through.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Kondo is adorable. I know everyone & their mother is in love with this book, but if you haven't picked this up yet, DO IT. While yes, a little woo-woo at times, I genuinely enjoyed the book! I can now see the floor of my room, & it's all thanks to Marie Kondo. Give it a shot!
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A wonderful little book with some great ideas for cleaning up; if I only had the energy to do everything exactly as she says I should, I'd be set for life. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Was hard to implement all the rules but definitely changed my life
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book! This book changed the way I look at tidying up my place. I just finished reading it,so I haven't applied what she teaches. I would definitely recommend this book! I wonder if they have it in French!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book changed my way of thinking. It literally changed my life, would recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing What a great read. Easy to follow. One must be ready to make changes in terms of de-cluttering to put this guidance into practice. I look forward to doing so.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is fantastic but you have to be ready for change. This book is for those who have had enough with too much stuff and are looking for change. I highly recommend it to anyone who is ready.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is an eye-opener I agree with what the author is saying. Tidying is something that should be taught and not assumed that people automatically know how to do. Once people know how to do it right they feel better and can lead more productive lives.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great advice I really enjoyed this book. After moving, I found it was a great way to destress (declutter). I highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining Marie Kondo comes across as a bit of a loon, but much of her advice make sense. If you are looking for a way to procrastinate productively instead of clearing out your closets, read this book.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book This is a popular choice for this genre.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Insight I think this was a very well written book. I wanted to love the concept and see how I could apply it. However I just found that it was not realistic for our family and the way that we clean and organize. I will take the concept and utilize in our time frame. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick & easy read! This book is a great start for anyone who is interested in minimalism.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Read, Great Concept, Hard to Stay Motivated. Quick read- finished within a few hours. Unfortunately, the decluttering motivation I was initially left with soon left me, and in a couple of weeks I had a big pile of clothes on top of my neatly folded, organized garments. Great if you can get into the habit of organizing things as soon as you get home. I especially appreciated the part where it talks about respecting your belongings and the idea of setting your space up in a way that facilitates the life you want and the energy you need. Worth a read, and can certainly change your life, but you have to be committed to adopting a new habit. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from De-clutter and de-stress! I've been slowly following the konmari method and I'm finding that my anxiety is actually improving the more I simplify my living space. Wonderful read!
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Motivation I really enjoyed this book - Kondo is a bit extreme in her advice, which can be quite daunting. However, I found that it really inspired and motivated to begin my own tidying journey. I also really liked her anecdotes. I think her views and strategires really helped me clear out things that didn't "spark joy", and I am better for it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense yet effective This book is not for the faint of heart. It is intense when you go through the process. It gets emotional to do all that she advises to do but it is very effective. Her philosophy is amazing and it truly is life-changing in how it helps you view clutter and your home in a different light.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very useful A simple book that makes cleaning up your clutter simple for those of us who have trouble getting the job done!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from YES I think it's a nice read, even if it doesn't fit for you, it can inspire you to find what works for you.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! While simplifying our lives has been a long journey, this book was super beneficial in providing a framework for doing so. I believe it is definitely easier to follow this system as a single person, or married without children. As soon as there are children in the equation, purging their things is more difficult (at least that's what we have experienced).
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK! This book was really the best book to get me started in the direction of cleaning up my home and minimizing my stuff!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book has some really great points. This book has some really great points.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! The writer has hte right approach to tidying up! Love the book
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I received this as a gift for christmas. It opened my eyes to alternative ways to think about how I have been approaching cleaning/decluttering. While I don't think I will adopt all ideas (thanking my pantyhose for example), it was helpful in learning that it is OK to let things go.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from You will love this book if you are not attached to the things you own. The concept was great. However, I couldn't follow through personally. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read While I don't agree with everything; I was able to find some helpful tips that have stuck and I enjoy. Worth giving a try.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helpful but nutty! Some great points and ideas, but i can't image living so minimal.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really is life changing If you are willing to take this book seriously, and follow the KonMari method, then I truly believe that it works. Great stepping stone into minimalism too.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literally changed my life!! I honestly love this book. As cheesy as it sounds, it is literally lifechanging. I used to hate cleaning. My room is always messy no matter how frequent I try to tidy it up. But after reading about Marie Kondo's ways and stories, I'm now OBSESSED with decluttering, The book is very easy to read and practical. I'd recommend this book to my friends!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some Useful Ideas Although not everything in this book is applicable in my view, it can give you a good start and motivation to tidy up your place and keep it that way.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Little Book While it was at first it was difficult to even think about getting rid of half of my belongings, over a week or two after reading this book I started to see the process in a different light. Marie's method is very helpful and simple to follow. I got rid of items that I had been holding onto for years and previously just could not let go of. I would go as far to say that this book even helped with curbing my impulse buys and just for thinking about purchasing items for my home in general.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read! I bought this book last week and read it in its entirety within a few hours! I absolutely loved every page. Marie Kondo understands what she teaches, she's passionate about tidying and is eager to share her valuable knowledge on the subject. The writing is simple, straightforward and respectful. She writes about the physical and psychological benefits of tidying with vivid detail and through her well chosen words, made me develop a nice relationship with my things! This book is most definitely worth it! If you are ready to create change in your life, this is a great place to start!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read great read if you like self-help inspirational books
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting! I enjoyed this book and would recommend. BUT after I tried the practices Marie Kondo teaches, I saw the benefit... ie simplifying your life by assessing your "stuff" and organizing it ie folding!!!, I decided it was not a way of life for me. I feel I was able to take the message of decluttering and organizing but flow with it. I think I would find a life time of "folding" adding stress to my life rather than relieving stress. That being said, it was a valuable lesson she taught. Easy read.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No Joy Although the theory is plausible, the execution is another., Somethings, are sentimental, or do not bring you joy work be if you joy down the road,
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Idea I think the idea is good but I found it very hard to follow through completely. Maybe one day I will get completely uncluttered but it will not be as fast as described.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It brought me joy so it will be a keeper. Interesting and thought provoking. One day I'll give it a try ... just not today though.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strict! this text is great for inpiration, though it would take great discipline to actually keep up with. Also, the method prescribed in the book is not minimalism as some may confuse the two.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm glad I bought this. The ideas in this book are helpful, I wouldn't use all of them but I am now much more organized!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very inspiring This book is magic! Her two step process to cleaning up has helped me in all aspects of life. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspired to tidy This book contains great ideas for reducing and organizing your belongings. It clearly outlines a process to follow along with explanations and examples supporting the methodology. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!! In contrast to our culture of clutter, this book brings a much-needed minimalist perspective
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gratitude & weeding out, yes. Speaking to every sock, no. As a naturally organized type, I was drawn to this book. It offers good advice of how to set patterns for keeping your life decluttered. I understand feelings of connection to objects that have stood the test of times. Sorry though, I just don't believe my socks have feelings or preferences as to how they are folded. I don't believe stroking the clothing in my drawer will make it last longer. Speaking to every object I weed out as a mother of 5 kids would be nearly impossible. She lost me with some of these philosophies. But gratitude for what something has given us or how it has served is a good thing.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my Life Many people call her crazy and other unkind words, but that is because they do not understand Japanese culture. It is normal within Japanese culture to anthropomorphize. She's not crazy and her methods are amazing. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpful Crazy but this book has changed totally how I shop. The idea of only keeping the things you love makes me rethink my shopping habits. I no longer buy things because they are a good deal, or just to buy something new. I have given away so much stuff and find my life just runs smoother . I have recommended this book to all my friends .
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! I had been quite skeptical at first, but after reading it, I kind of adapted it into a way I could manage. Sometimes, it just isn't practical to take everything out of a space and divide it, but you can work around it. It really did bring a different outlook on cleanliness for me. I have managed to bring my closet down quite a bit and I am much happier (and spend less time searching for an outfit).
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and practical Even if you think your space doesn't need decluttering, you find yourself getting rid of more stuff - leaving your space and mind clearer. Easy to follow; an interesting read.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was okay 3.5 rating. One day, I woke up and felt like tidying up, which is such a surprise because I despise tidying. This book was somewhat helpful, but after the second chapter/section, I looked at the table of contents, read them and got started. Later on, I incorporated somewhat of what was written in the book, but I was too impatient thus this book wasn't completely helpful. Anyway, I decided to continue, finish the book and I did. It made me think deep thoughts and good new ideas. On the other hand, I don't feel like greeting my home every time I walk in or talking to the things I clean.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing! I had heard so much about this book that I picked it up a few months ago and decided to start reading it when I was going through an incredibly stressful time in my job. If you've ever been like me and find that you are constantly cleaning/tidying, only to find yourself never getting ahead, then this book is for you! A very easy read, I read it in a pretty short time (I did break it down over a course of a couple of weeks so that I could start implementing some of the tips) and I feel so refreshed and actually feel like my bedroom and walk in closet and office seem so much more airy! Even my husband, who is in the military and doesn't feed into the "fluff" came into my home office the other week and said "wow, it seems so much brighter and airy in here" so I knew it wasn't just me! I purged and implemented the processes outlined in the book in November and nearly 3 months later, I can honestly say my house is still quite organized (you learn how to organize right the FIRST time and continue to stick to the system). Old me would have had the place cluttered again within a couple of weeks. Very happy!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simplifying how to declutter! Easy and simple way how to proceed. Very practical!.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpful Really enjoyed reading this title, it was such an easy read and you can pick up whenever/whenever to learn different tips and tricks in organizing. It changed my perspective on how to tidy my space and de-clutter, creating a lot more closet space for myself and makes me think twice when i shop.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suprisingly good! I actually really enjoyed this book which inspired me to clean out my room and get rid of things I really didn't need. Marie Kondo seems like someone you would want to be friends with. A quick but beneficial read!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much prettier Marie Kondo sounds like your best friend as she takes you through her process of how she developed the Konmari process, and why she believes it works better than the other methods. She equally provides an exact framework to ensure that there is no thought to it - first with clothes, then with books, etc. and she explains the importance of each step so that you buy in to the process.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give it a chance! When I first read this book I felt that some of Kondo's methods were a little extreme and I was a bit skeptical. But while I haven't embraced all her ideas I have given some of them a try and I don't know why they work but they do. Even if you don't feel a need to declutter and keep only all the things that "spark joy" this book is a fun easy read.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It May NOT change your life, but your relationship with your socks will be vastly improved. SO WORTH IT! So here is the deal. Is it going to change your life? Perhaps not. But your socks will be happy, and if your socks are happy, then everything else is going to go a little bit better for you. My early childhood was an organizational disaster. My father has every important document filed under the appropriate letter. My mother is chaos personified. I bought this book for her. Nothing changed. My son sent an image of the book cover to me as a joke, and then bought it for me. I also bought a copy for myself. My mom's book is somewhere in her house in a place that no one would think of to look for it. Mine is in my bookshelf along with half of the books that I owned before reading hers. My son borrowed the book from me, used it, cleared his space, and gave it back to me. I used her method with some success, my mom not at all. That said, it is a spanking good read, the magic of which is that years later it still weaves its way into your consciousness and, does in fact change your life. She has you think about the joy an object brings, and the energetic strain some other objects bring. She shifts your thinking from mere pragmatics to emotional effects, and that in turn opens some untapped areas of the mind. For instance, what if all of your work clothes bring a decided lack of joy? Do you toss them--or do you toss your work instead? I think this book will either help you shift your approach to organizing or help you see areas where you are blocked and "can't let go". Worth every penny.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my perspective!!! This book really helped me get rid of the things that I don't need and see that the items in my home are meant to be used, not loved and that the things I fill my home with should also bring me joy. It really helped me see that getting rid of the things I don't like is really getting rid of things I don't need. This book helped me really put my home into order. Everything in my house now has its place and I no longer own anything that isn't used. I had an empty room that was cluttered with everything you could possibly think of! I had unopened boxes from my house that I had left over from when I moved in from over 7 years ago. Finally was able to get rid of all that stuff from that room and turn it into something new. I now have a nice new workout room and washroom.. that isn't cluttered. This is all thanks to this wonderful book:)
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from literally, life changing picked up this book before moving out of my parents house and so glad i did. my parents are semi-hoarders and lots of clutter. this book really inspired me with what i brought into my new apartment and it has been so light and clutter free. definitely recommend would be a great gift for anyone
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not terribly helpful But still had some good tips in there and made me think from a different perspective
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changer I am so happy I bought this book, it really instilled a whole new enlightening perspective for me. The biggest piece I took from this book, is that our space is a reflection of your mind. This could not be more true. If you're looking for something to motivate you towards making positive life choices, this is a must read.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really is life changing This book changed my life and the way I feel about material items. After you completely discard and tidy your home, your life will really change! Your mind is lighter and I find I am much more careful about the items I bring into my home and my life. Really amazing... highly recommend
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok book but no new ideas The book was well written but didn't contain anything more then common logic.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Helpful I saw the really big rave about this book and decided to try it out for myself. I had thought the book would be about organizing your life and was discouraged to see it was actually about cleaning up your space. It's nevertheless a liberating read and books like these shed light to small things in your life that you can change to become happier. I'm still reading it but I have to say I can't put it down. I've implemented some of the things already and it's only been a day haha. It's a nice read.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of good ideas Made me think about some of the things I keep. Th book made me things differently and I've starts following some do the suggestions/ rules offered ny the author. It's somewhat liberating.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpful and liberating :) No more clutter that I felt bad about disposing of years ago :D
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good The book has some great principles, I don't know if I could actually do the full method, but it has helped me declutter.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Change Your Mindset The biggest problem people have with this book is that they take everything too literally. There have been many suggestions Kondo has made that I wouldn't do, like thank my clothes, but I still understand the reasoning behind it, like respecting yourself by taking care of your clothes, and take away from this book what I can. I first heard of the KonMari method online and, based on the little that I knew, actually succeeded with a few of her suggestions, mainly: folding clothes vertically and a minor version of the "spark joy" disposal method. A few months in and I my clothes are still in great order and my room is as organized as it could be considering the renovations going on - and all this before I even read the book. The main point that someone should take away from this book is that you need to change your mindset about how your live your life, what to truly value, and why you need to practice some common sense. I wish Kondo stressed donating more throughout the book, but it was still mentioned at various times. I just felt like the imagery of dozens of garbage bags wouldn't sit well with so many people who probably keep things around because it would be a waste to throw them out. At least with donating or gifting, which she does mention but doesn't stress, that would help with the disposal methods. That being said, she does use a lot of common sense - that many people don't have - when it comes to choosing what to keep and more importantly what we choose to surround ourselves with. Keeping things around to use "one day" is a great way to accumulate clutter and that's exactly the problem that most people have, the other being that they don't value what they put in their homes - or choose to still hold on to. I would be as extreme with memories as she suggests, but it is still important to think about why you choose to hold on to the things that you do. I love how Kondo peppers the book with memories of herself as a kid. It's great to see where the passion to tidy comes from, and more so why other methods don't work as seen through her own trials. Stories about her clients are great, too, as we can see what she's dealt with and why her method worked for them when others did not. I could have done without all the pushy selling about how her method is great, why I should try it, and why she's had no rebounds, though. I don't need to be sold to - I did buy the book, after all. It was hard to hear about how to deal with books, but I understand that it's a great place to start (after clothing, that is) since it's easier to understand how to use her method with something a bit less personal. I wouldn't practice that part of her method personally, but she does point out some great things like getting rid of books on your backlog because if you didn't read the book when you bought it there's probably a reason for it and you might keep it there for a long time - if not forever. It definitely teaches you what to value when buying books in the future, though. Buy what sparks joy at that moment and read it right then otherwise it's lost its moment and won't mean as much to you if you ever do get around to it. With books as well as with other items, one great thing to take away from the KonMari method is that you shouldn't feel guilty about eliminating items from your house. Throwing these things out teaches you something about yourself, like why the item didn't work for you, and that holding on to things for various reasons that don't bring you happiness is the best way to clutter your home and make your life worse. Mindfulness is the one thing to take away from this book. There's so much I could talk about, like things that I wouldn't personally practice, but it's a whole other experience to see what the method is about and why she suggests these things - especially doing things at a marathon pace. Actually using your brain to declutter your home and prevent it from rebounding (like being particular about what you spend your money on and what you choose to have in your home) is something that everyone should practice and this is the kind of book that everyone who has problems organizing their lives needs to read. There's one section in the book where Kondo describes what her routine is when she comes home then ends the segment with how long it took her to go through all the things people probably would complain about not having time for. Guess what? It only took a couple of minutes. That segment alone should tell people that there is enough time to maintain a peaceful house and life - and the only thing that prevents you is your own excuses. I won't follow everything in this book to a T, but there is so much I was able to take away from the KonMari method even before I read the book. I don't see myself ever stopping the clothing storage method that she suggests simply because of how easy it is to maintain and how much I've changed in making time for my clothes - and my items - when I'm done with them. How could I wear clothes or use items that I don't respect enough to store properly and pretend that I respect myself by neglecting them? There is so much that everyone can learn from this book even if you don't practice any of the methods. This is simply about changing your perspective, and more important realizing that you are the problem of your own untidiness - nobody else.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful I think this book has many useful tips about how to keep your house tidy! I highly recommend it if you are wondering how you can organize your house better. I think it's a good book.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does what it promises This is a quick read, with lots of narrative fluff, but it absolutely makes you look at all your stuff in a whole new light. I recommend giving it a try to anyone who struggles with clutter. I still have clutter but throw a lot more things out now, and think more carefully before I bring new things in.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! Loved reading this book. Very helpful on how to break bad habits!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I love this book, it's so helpful in everyday life. It is really refreshing to read this considering you think you know how to clean.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed My Life! This book was so helpful! It took me about a month to clean up my act but the end results were liberating. I've already lent it to two of my friends who've also enjoyed the experience.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an interesting new take on organization. I bought this book for the summer, I very much enjoyed reading it as it provided me with a refreshing outlook and new strategies. This book is not about minimalism, contrary to what some believe, it is a more practical technique to declutter and own less stuff. As interesting as it was however, I could not fully dedicate to all the strategies, but it did give me a new lasting outlook on the stuff I own.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just do it. This book made me reorganize the whole house and get rid of the things that I did not need but I had it for a very long time. The book is inspiring to clean up and place the clothes properly. I loved it!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting and Thorough! Easy read- couldn't put it down. Found myself writing notes as I went along, and referring back to them as I was tidying. This book addresses the emotional reasons as to why some of us hold on to items long after they're useful to us. Would definitely recommend if you're in need of an overhaul but don't know where to start!!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unhelpful and Ridiculous Honestly, the advice in this book is nothing I didn't already know. You could find most of these tips causally searching on Google. I found it hard to read. She comes off as obsessive and ridiculous. Borderline OCD when it comes to cleaning and getting rid of things. I would take everything she says with a grain of salt.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing This makes you look at everything you own in a different light. Helped my hoarder heart let go of so much clutter.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good tips Bought this book thinking it was going to end up like all other organizing books which are more about creating spaces to store things rather than helping one declutter and actually get rid of items. After reading this book and sharing the philosophies laid out in the book with my children we managed to clear out many items that we had all been holding onto for no apparent reason. It really helped cut back on clutter and makes regular tidying up so much quicker and easier.
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Idea...but not for me I really don't love tidying up. I do think decluttering and organizing things I don't need or want is a great idea, but Marie Kondo becomes a little obsessive about it. We all own things, but they don't have to own us; however, with this idea that tidying and decluttering will change ones life for the better is ridiculous. Minimalism as a single woman is much easier. This may be a better idea for people with families.
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Organizers this is for you! Fantastic. I was absolutely surprised by the thought process that goes into organizing. I followed the instructions but had to do it in chunks! Feels amazing!!!!
Date published: 2016-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I bought this book yesterday and I read until I fell asleep and woke up at 6 am this morning to resume until I had finished it. I felt the book was an easy read and I found myself getting amped up to start the tidying process and I was mentally filling up garbage bags with things that didn't "spark joy". An interesting topic she addresses is the "noise of written information" I won't spoil the book for other readers but it is definitely a topic that surprised me. The advice in this book is great and inspiring. I can't remember ever feeling this excited and inspired to clean up house. I do live in a house with 3 other adults who don't necessarily share my knack for cleaning but I'm hoping to lead by example. Her suggestions for tidying while living with others was spot on. I feel less stressed and more confident already. Its definitely worth the read and I've already recommended it to friends. Thanks to everyone for your reviews because it definitely got me to go out and purchase this book.
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very simple but Unique techniques! I am very happy that I have read this book, even looking at my house while reading the book it brought to light so many spaces that are cluttered with junk that I do not need. I can't wait to tackle my house and get rid of the unneeded clutter and stuff that is "collecting dust" that I am not aware of. It is such a simple concept that I would have never thought of using until I read this book. Simply pick the item up and decide if it brings joy to your life, if it doesn't discard it and get rid of it. Only things that spark joy are needed to be kept.
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple Yet Life Changing As a family of four, we have tried to declutter many times but the mess always returned. I wasn't understanding one simple concept: keep only what sparks joy. It's subtle, but there is a difference between as item sparking joy and an item being liked. I used to only throw away items that I no longer had use for or I didn't like but that is not the key! The item must actually spark joy! There it is. I kept far too many tops, for example, that were nice and I wore from time to time (and they were relatively new) but they really didn't spark joy when I looked at them - out they went! Our house is dozen of garbage bags lighter and the items donated can bring another a family joy - perfection! As my daughters saw me clean house, they did the same with their things. What a wonderful feeling - being surrounded by joy :)
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sparks Joy! Absolutely worth it! The book is a quirky, quick read, and she makes some extremely helpful suggestions. I did my small townhouse in 3 days - and I'm not much of a "collector of stuff" - but was still thrilled with how much I was able to clear out! It was definitely physically and emotionally exhausting, but it is definitely worth powering through. Everything now has a home, and small things bring me so much joy!
Date published: 2015-11-12

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IntroductionIn this book, I have summed up how to put your space in order in a way that will change your life forever. Impossible? A common response and not surprising, considering that almost everyone has experienced a rebound effect at least once, if not multiple times, after tidying.  Have you ever tidied madly, only to find that all too soon your home or workspace is cluttered again? If so, let me share with you the secret of success. Start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely, in one go. If you adopt this approach—the KonMari Method—you’ll never revert to clutter again. Although this approach contradicts conventional wisdom, everyone who completes my private course has successfully kept their house in order—with unexpected results. Putting their house in order positively affects all other aspects of their lives, including work and family. Having devoted more than 80 percent of my life to this subject, I know that tidying can transform your life. Does it still sound too good to be true? If your idea of tidying is getting rid of one unnecessary item a day or cleaning up your room a little at a time, then you are right. It won’t have much effect on your life. If you change your approach, however, tidying can have an immeasurable impact. In fact, that is what it means to put your house in order.  I started reading home and lifestyle magazines when I was five, and it was this that inspired me, from the age of fifteen, to undertake a serious study of tidying that led to my development of the KonMari Method (based on a combination of my first and last names). I am now a consultant and spend most of my days visiting homes and offices, giving hands-on advice to people who find it difficult to tidy, who tidy but suffer rebounds, or who want to tidy but don’t know where to start. The number of things my clients have discarded, from clothes and undergarments to photos, pens, magazine clippings, and makeup samples, easily exceeds a million items. This is no exaggeration. I have assisted individual clients who have thrown out two hundred 45-liter garbage bags in one go. From my exploration of the art of organizing and my experience helping messy people become tidy, there is one thing I can say with confidence: A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming. I mean it. Here are just a few of the testimonies I receive on a daily basis from former clients. After your course, I quit my job and launched my own business doing something I had dreamed of doing ever since I was a child.Your course taught me to see what I really need and what I don’t. So I got a divorce. Now I feel much happier.Someone I have been wanting to get in touch with recently contacted me.I’m delighted to report that since cleaning up my apartment, I’ve been able to really increase my sales.My husband and I are getting along much better. I’m amazed to find that just throwing things away has changed me so much. I finally succeeded in losing ten pounds. My clients always sound so happy, and the results show that tidying has changed their way of thinking and their approach to life. In fact, it has changed their future. Why? This question is addressed in more detail throughout the book, but basically, when you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t, and what you should and shouldn’t do.  I currently offer a course for clients in their homes and for company owners in their offices. These are all private, one-on-one consultations, but I have yet to run out of clients. There is currently a three-month waiting list, and I receive inquiries daily from people who have been introduced by a former client or who have heard about the course from someone else. I travel from one end of Japan to the other and sometimes even overseas. Tickets for one of my public talks for stay-at-home parents sold out overnight. There was a waiting list not only for cancellations but also for the waiting list. Yet my repeater rate is zero. From a business perspective, this would appear to be a fatal flaw. But what if my lack of repeaters was actually the secret to the popularity of my approach?  As I said at the beginning, people who use the KonMari Method never revert to clutter again. Because they can keep their space in order, they don’t need to come back for more lessons. I occasionally check in with graduates of my courses to see how they are doing. In almost every case, not only is their home or office still in order but they are continuing to improve their space. It is evident from the photographs they send that they have even fewer belongings than when they finished the course, and have acquired new curtains and furnishings. They are surrounded only by the things they love.  Why does my course transform people? Because my approach is not simply a technique. The act of tidying is a series of simple actions in which objects are moved from one place to another. It involves putting things away where they belong. This seems so simple that even a six-year-old should be able to do it. Yet most people can’t. A short time after tidying, their space is a disorganized mess. The cause is not lack of skills but rather lack of awareness and the inability to make tidying a regular habit. In other words, the root of the problem lies in the mind. Success is 90 percent dependent on our mind-set. Excluding the fortunate few to whom organizing comes naturally, if we do not address this aspect, rebound is inevitable no matter how much is discarded or how cleverly things are organized. So how can you acquire the right kind of mind-set? There is just one way, and, paradoxically, it is by acquiring the right technique. Remember: the KonMari Method I describe in this book is not a mere set of rules on how to sort, organize, and put things away. It is a guide to acquiring the right mind-set for creating order and becoming a tidy person.  Of course, I can’t claim that all my students have perfected the art of tidying. Unfortunately, some had to stop for one reason or another before completing the course. And some quit because they expected me to do the work for them. As an organizing fanatic and professional, I can tell you right now that no matter how hard I try to organize another’s space, no matter how perfect a storage system I devise, I can never put someone else’s house in order in the true sense of the term. Why? Because a person’s awareness and perspective on his or her own lifestyle are far more important than any skill at sorting, storing, or whatever. Order is dependent on the extremely personal values of what a person wants to live with.  Most people would prefer to live in a clean and tidy space. Anyone who has managed to tidy even once will have wished to keep it that way. But many don’t believe it’s possible. They try out various approaches to tidying only to find that things soon return to “normal.” I am absolutely convinced, however, that everyone can keep his or her space in order.  To do that, it is essential to thoroughly reassess your habits and assumptions about tidying. That may sound like far too much work, but don’t worry. By the time you finish reading this book, you will be ready and willing. People often tell me, “I’m disorganized by nature,” “I can’t do it,” or “I don’t have time”; but being messy is not hereditary nor is it related to lack of time. It has far more to do with the accumulation of mistaken notions about tidying, such as “it’s best to tackle one room at a time” or “it’s better to do a little each day” or “storage should follow the flow plan of the house.”  In Japan, people believe that things like cleaning your room and keeping your bathroom spick-and-span bring good luck, but if your house is cluttered, the effect of polishing the toilet bowl is going to be limited. The same is true for the practice of feng shui. It is only when you put your house in order that your furniture and decorations come to life. When you’ve finished putting your house in order, your life will change dramatically. Once you have experienced what it’s like to have a truly ordered house, you’ll feel your whole world brighten. Never again will you revert to clutter. This is what I call the magic of tidying. And the effects are stupendous. Not only will you never be messy again, but you’ll also get a new start on life. This is the magic I want to share with as many people as possible.

Table of Contents


Why can’t I keep my house in order?  
You can’t tidy if you’ve never learned how 
A tidying marathon doesn’t cause rebound 
Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever 
Why you should aim for perfection 
The moment you start you reset your life 
Storage experts are hoarders 
Sort by category, not by location 
Don’t change the method to suit your personality 
Make tidying a special event, not a daily chore 
Finish discarding first  
Start by discarding, all at once, intensely
and completely 
Before you start, visualize your destination 
Selection criterion: does it spark joy? 
One category at a time 
Starting with mementos spells certain failure 
Don’t let your family see 
If you’re mad at your family, your room may be the cause 
What you don’t need, your family doesn’t either 
Tidying is a dialogue with one’s self 
What to do when you can’t throw something away 
Tidying by category works like magic  
Tidying order: follow the correct order of categories 
Clothing: place every item of clothing in the house on the floor 
Loungewear: downgrading to “loungewear” is taboo 
Clothing storage: fold it right and solve your storage problems 
How to fold: the best way to fold for
perfect appearance 
Arranging clothes: the secret to energizing your closet 
Storing socks: treat your socks and stockings
with respect 
Seasonal clothes: eliminate the need to store off-season clothes 
Storing books: put all your books on the floor 
Unread books: “sometime” means “never” 
Books to keep: those that belong in the hall of fame 
Sorting papers: rule of thumb—discard everything 
All about papers: how to organize troublesome papers 
Komono (miscellaneous items): keep things because you love them—not “just because” 
Common types of komono: disposables 
Small change: make “into my wallet” your motto 
Sentimental items: your parents’ home is not a haven for mementos   
Photos: cherish who you are now 
Astounding stockpiles I have seen 
Reduce until you reach the point where
something clicks 
Follow your intuition and all will be well 
Storing your things to make your life shine  
Designate a place for each thing 
Discard first, store later 
Storage: pursue ultimate simplicity 
Don’t scatter storage spaces 
Forget about “flow planning” and “frequency of use” 
Never pile things: vertical storage is the key 
No need for commercial storage items 
The best way to store bags is in another bag 
Empty your bag every day 
Items that usurp floor space belong in the closet 
Keep things out of the bath and the kitchen sink 
Make the top shelf of the bookcase your personal shrine 
Decorate your closet with your secret delights 
Unpack and de-tag new clothes immediately 
Don’t underestimate the “noise” of written information 
Appreciate your possessions and gain strong allies 
The magic of tidying dramatically transforms your life 
Put your house in order and discover what you really want to do 
The magic effect of tidying 
Gaining confidence in life through the magic of tidying 
An attachment to the past or anxiety about the future 
Learning that you can do without 
Do you greet your house? 
Your possessions want to help you 
Your living space affects your body 
Is it true that tidying increases good fortune? 
How to identify what is truly precious 
Being surrounded by things that spark joy makes
you happy 
Your real life begins after putting your house in order 

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Editorial Reviews

#1 New York Times Best SellerAmazon's Best Book of 2014 in Crafts, Home & Garden"Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic." -- The New York Times". . . a literal how-to-heave-ho, and I recommend it for anyone who struggles with the material excess of living in a privileged society. (Thanks to Ms. Kondo, I kiss my old socks goodbye.) ... To show you how serious my respect for Ms. Kondo is: if I ever get a tattoo, it will say, Spark Joy!" -- Jamie Lee Curtis, TIME "This book lives up to its title: it will change your life." -- B.J. Novak, People"This book is a cult. A totally reasonable, scary cult that works, doesn’t kill people (a bonus), but does drastically change your life. In this case — for the better." -- Buzzfeed"The most organized woman in the world." -- PureWow". . . the Japanese expert’s ode to decluttering is simple and easy to follow." --". . . her voice . . . is by turns stern and enchanted, like a fairy godmother for socks." -- The Wall Street Journal"Reading it, you glimpse a glittering mental freedom from the unread/uncrafted/unworn, buyer’s remorse, the nervous eyeing of real estate listings. Life’s overwhelm, conquered." -- The Atlantic "All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world . . . one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life." -- Good Housekeeping (UK)"How could this pocket-sized book, which has already sold over 2 million copies and sits firmly atop the New York Times Best Seller list, make such a big promise? Here's the short answer: Because it's legit. . . . Kondo's method really can change your life — if you let it." -- "Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?" -- USA Today". . . a brief and bracing practical guide to tidying up your home." -- Financial Times"[It is] enough to salute Kondo for her recognition of something quietly profound: that mess is often about unhappiness, and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it . . . Its strength is its simplicity." -- The London Times