The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up

The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Book - 2014
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This 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.
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, Ten Speed Press,, [2014]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781607747307
Branch Call Number: ANF 648 KON
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Hirano, Cathy - Translator
Kondō, Marie

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Uchinaguchi
Aug 01, 2017

This book was easy to read in one sitting if you're willing to put the time into it, and I think that readability plays into Marie Kondo's style of tidying. Anybody can do it, you just have to do it from beginning to end. Kondo includes her recommended way of doing things, but she also emphasizes the importance of each individual person and that each person needs to find their way of tidying in order to do it right and to do it for life. Some concepts in this book really helped me understand how I wasn't using the space in my own home efficiently, and how to let some items go. I don't know if you can use this book as a reference in the future, as there are no diagrams or illustrations to show you how to do anything, but you have to spend the time to read the words and turn them into actions. With that, I want to thank this book for the knowledge and confidence it has passed on to me, as I know it will do for others.

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skylerfair
Jul 26, 2017

I think I checked this book out expecting to read some kind of life changing tip. But no. There was not a single piece of advice in here that I hadn't already heard. I really feel like this book is only useful for people who literally do not know how to tidy or get rid of things. But hey, reading it caused me to organize my whole house so that I never feel the need to read something like this again.

kkerfoot_0 Jul 05, 2017

Marie Konda's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" gave me the push I needed to start discarding things seriously. While I haven't finished tidying my house, I already notice a difference in how I view my house and belongings. In short, I've actually started liking my house better. I'm putting things back where they belong, thinking more clearly, and enjoying going home in the evening. While Kondo has a definite superstitious side- easily explained by Japanese history and culture as a whole- I find working with those superstitions to be the glue that makes her method work. It might be easy for non-superstitious people or those unfamiliar with Japanese culture to make a snap judgement on Kondo's authority, but, really, don't knock it until you try it.

This is a pretty basic inspirational book for encouraging you to declutter and keep your home clean. Marie Kondo gets right to the root of the problem of clutter and untidiness. But one thing I noticed is a bit of Marie's superstitious side. She mentions talking to objects and handling your belongings regularly because this apparently releases energy into them, making them feel loved or something. So because I know there are readers that like to know if books contain these things, I decided to let you know. But aside from that, the idea of cleaning your home in categories and not trying to do it "just a little at a time" is some great advice.

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GoneWithTheThread
Apr 25, 2017

Lots of great information for tidying up ones life! Some of the ideas are a little different but the concepts are interesting. The author has some very good points, and I might try out some of her ideas.

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johnstonmk
Apr 15, 2017

This is a very inspiring book, when I first read it I was able to discard a lot of the clutter that had been taking up space in my home. My problem is her idea that this is a one-time solution and then your home will be perfect. I know myself and I know that this is not the case. What worked for Marie Kondo does not necessarily hold true for everyone, and this is something that she never acknowledges. Perhaps there is an issue with translation, but there are quite a few times where the line "trust me, i know what i'm talking about" is used in lieu of an explanation for why things are done the way they are.

AuntJane Apr 04, 2017

I have owned this book for about a year and have been sporadically going through my belonging according to her method, and it has made a tremendous difference in my life! During the first read, I did find her words repetitive. After a year I picked it up again and reread certain sections looking for specific answers such as "how long is this supposed to take?" and realized that she provides the answers (that I missed during the first reading) sprinkled throughout the text in the little stories and examples.
The Sorting Books section I first ignored (who wants to get rid of books?) but I pulled them out and piled them on the floor and realized, that yes, for the price of real estate square footage that I am dedicating to them (another solid point she makes for those who don't anthropomorphize items), they don't spark joy and take up valuable space - and I could donate them to the book swap or library sale (or recycle bin for old yellowed paperbacks.) What a huge improvement to my personal space - and I am not weighted down by all these books I'll never read, and kept only those I love or use! It is awesome! Try it!

LPL_KimberlyL Mar 22, 2017

This book is a how-to manual to get your life sorted out and a love letter to organization, with a generous dash of whimsy. If you're looking for a little inspiration to start your Spring cleaning, then this is the perfect book for you! Keep an open mind and your closets will be perfectly tidy in no time!

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siri_r
Mar 21, 2017

This book in a sentence - pay attention to what you want to keep than what you want to discard.

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BooksAmy
Mar 20, 2017

I just finished this book. It was a good read and inspired me to clean out 2 closets.

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PimaLib_SheilaB May 05, 2016

This book reviews how to deal with the stuff in your house by examining your motives for having it, plus, provides a defined process for organizing, and then eliminating those items which do not bring you joy.

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joannbv
Sep 03, 2015

very repetitive. Some good tips. I can see how this book can help people get started on the task of decluttering. I had trouble relating to the way the author relates to objects, treating them like they are alive and have feelings. The author also wants you to do the task all at once. I think flylady.net is more realistic.

PimaLib_SusannahC May 07, 2015

Spring cleaning on steroids. Marie Kondo inspires the reader to take charge of their stuff, no halfhearted measures allowed.

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emmilee
Jun 25, 2015

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