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."--From publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, Ten Speed Press,, 2014
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781607747307
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Hirano, Cathy


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Feb 25, 2021

Actually changed my life.
After the show came out, I actually did the big purge of my stuff, but I hadn't read the book until yesterday. I'm not kidding when I say going through the KonMari process changed my life- I have always been "messy" and "disorganized" to the point where it's a running joke in my family and HATED IT. I hate(d) cleaning because it felt like a pointless fight against the inevitable.
Turns out I just had too much sh*t. I filled my car with 10 bags of perfectly good clothing and craft supplies to donate (that is a minor bone to pick with the book- she does say throw out far more than donate) that was taking up room in my house and in my head. After reading this, I'm going back through all the stuff I thought "sparked joy" and getting rid of even more. I know deep down I'm not going to use those stickers I impulse bought at Michaels, so why hold on to them?

Yes, some of the suggestions are a little weird. Obviously, nobody is forcing you to thank your socks.
Yes, her lifelong fixation on cleaning is also weird, but good on her for capitalizing on it.
The book thing. I got rid of my textbooks and that's it. As long as you love your books, keep them! I'm actually going to buy a copy of this book because I love it and will read it again.
Only donate things that are useable.

"if you want to change the world, start by making your bed"- Admiral W.H. McRaven

Jul 30, 2020

This book is for people who have difficulties or frustrations of the mess and stress in their lives. It is also for those who want to organize their space, but do not know how to. The author, Marie Kondo, who is an organization expert, shares her experiences, motivations, and methods to tidy up her space and life. Many of her teachings can be implemented into your own everyday life. You may find yourself relating to Marie Kondo’s experiences or her client’s lives, which helps to organize your own environment. Something I found fascinating was that you make a paramount mess before you clean up to be kept in a maintainable way. This book isn’t just about tidying up, but also living intentionally and keeping precious possessions rather than unwanted. Its lifelong lessons are sure to resonate in anyone who reads it.
Star Rating: 4
Age Rating: 12+

Jun 17, 2020

I read this after watching her Netflix series, so I feel like the ideas she presented in this book were a lot easier to absorb and "get", for lack of better words. Used this to help clean through and organize my room, which hasn't been properly decluttered in a decade and so definitely needed it

Apr 17, 2020

For those who feel deeply on a spiritual, this book was made for you. Of course everyone has their own different downsizing methods, but you can learn a little from each way. A good choice for those who are just starting their minimalism journey.

Mar 19, 2020

I wouldn't call this book bad because I did get some things out of it, like a new way of folding clothes and a method for starting the downsizing (clothes, books, etc). However a lot of this book is pure ridiculousness. I can't imagine talking to my clothes, shoes or purse and thanking them. Or putting every piece of clothing I own into a pile. But it was an interesting read and I got some use out of it. Even if you don't agree with even half of what the author suggests, you'll probably be in the mood to reorganize your home.

Nov 05, 2019

Two debris boxes down and still feeling over stocked with things I hardly ever think about or search out. Help me!

Nov 04, 2019

A step by step designed to help you reduce your pile of "stuff" into things that you actually use and value. Good for people who have time and are willing to deep-dive into going through (literally) all their things, make some hard decisions, and embrace minimalism.

JCLBreAnnaB Nov 04, 2019

Found some great tips and tricks for de-cluttering; the sort-by-category method, rather than room was a novel concept for me and I think it will be quite effective.
I appreciate her deeper, mindful handling of "things"/possessions and our homes.
If you enjoyed her book, check out the Netflix show for more inspiration or vice versa!

Sep 16, 2019


Gemini__Librarian Aug 27, 2019

When I first read this title I wasn't that versed in the art of Japanese home organization. I feel this book really helps readers lay a foundation for basic organizing, categorizing and does so in a way that is not meticulous or overly emotionally demanding. I love the illustrations and her philosophy of asking yourself how semantically and emotionally attached you are to your home belongings in an effort to reduce and create areas of open space. I think categorizing is very helpful for searching and in a lot of cases where hoarding and cluttering takes place valuable time can be lost; not to mention when you're stuck in an emergency or conundrum and wishing you knew where your car keys were or important documents. I personally found the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to be very helpful in helping me determine how to better organize living space and would recommend it to readers. I felt some of the step-by-step instructions could be adapted for readers as everyone does not have identical belonging collections nor resources and to take it literal may be confusing in some ways; perhaps there isn't a one size fits all but readers can still draw inspiration from some of her recommendations. Overall one of my favorite home organizing books; I feel it espouses some hints of Japanese Minimalism and reminds me of some elements in Feng Shui as well. A great start for those looking to rethink their design of living and home space. - Review Written by Danielle

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Dec 31, 2018

The true purpose of tidying is, I believe, to live in the most natural state possible. Don’t you think it is unnatural for us to possess things that don’t bring us joy or things that we don’t really need? I believe that owning only what we love and what we need is the most natural condition.

Dec 31, 2018

The things we own are real. They exist here and now as a result of choices made in the past by no one other than ourselves. It is dangerous to ignore them or to discard them indiscriminately as if denying the choices we made.

Dec 31, 2018

Tidying means taking each item in your hand, asking yourself whether it sparks joy, and deciding on this basis whether or not to keep it. By repeating this process hundreds and thousands of times, we naturally hone our decision-making skills. People who lack confidence in their judgment lack confidence in themselves.

Dec 31, 2018

Clutter has only two possible causes: too much effort is required to put things away or it is unclear where things belong.

Dec 31, 2018

When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role.


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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.

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 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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Jun 25, 2015

emmilee thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


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