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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing


Published: 14th October 2014
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This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

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

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo's clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). 

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

About the Author

Marie KonMari Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. With a three-month waiting list, her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has become an international phenomenon.

"The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" is a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK, with more than two million copies sold worldwide, and has been turned into a television drama for Japanese TV. She has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by "Time," featured on more than thirty major Japanese television and radio programs, and profiled in the "Sunday Times," "Red" magazine, "You" magazine, the "New York Times," "USA Today," NPR's "Here & Now," "Slate," "Family Circle," and the "LondonTimes," who has deemed her Japan s preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter.


A wonderful book, almost poetic in its practicality!


I loved this book. I read it at a time when I was needing to severely cull my possessions because of ageing and smaller accommodation. I found it inspirational, practical and highly readable. As promised by the author, Marie Kondo (though expressed in my own words), a fringe benefit has been far more enjoyment of the possessions I have retained.

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia



Have put in practice and love it. Brings JOY TO MY SOUL.


This is all about about uncluttering ones life


I loved this book, virtually read it in three days. Couldn't put it down. One can take the deeper psychology of de-cluttering and apply it to other facets of one's life. A friend has already borrowed it!

Today, Western Australia

Excellent to overhaul your house!


This book was really informative for me. Page by page, she explains every way to help you tidy your life, giving you a starting point. I found this helped me unclutter my own home. Highly recommened



Life changing and recommend it to anyone.


I love how this is written and would suggest the reader go and have a look at the author on Youtube first, then you may understand the Japanese way of thinking. The serenity of folding for instance, the Spark Joy concept. It helps to understand this and makes the book easier to understand. Folding for instance, has become a happier time and not a job! I would never have thought I would write that sentence!

Victoria, Australia


Great book


What a lovely book. I wish i had purchased a few more copies as it would make a great gift!

Perth WA




For the first time ever, I FINALLY have a house that is actually organised! I never seemed to be able to "catch up" , always something that needed doing. Now I have space in my cupboards, drawers, and the clutter is gone. Love it!

Elwood Vic.


Strong concepts, irritating execution


I suspect the mere decision to purchase this book results in bigger actions around decluttering your life than immersion in the book itself. I found it difficult to trust the author's stealth mode of operation for she recounts, amongst her childhood 'tidying' urges, judging a selection of her siblings' belongings as clutter, hiding those belongings and then secretly throwing them out. Imagine living with such a woman. Whew. I couldn't help noting the irony of 4-million copies of this book now cluttering people's lives. The style of writing is repetitive, belabouring worthwhile underlying messages. Nevertheless, even before the book -- thanks to a gifted book voucher -- arrived, I was seized with the urge to conduct a major clean-out (my own belongings!), and changed how I stored my clothes. It felt good.

Hobart, Tasmania

Definitely a motivation to ditch


I read it everyday for a week and it influenced me greatly. I started feeling inspired about cleaning?!!

Sydney Australia


Definitely changes the way you deal with your things


I feel like this book is the only one you should buy if you're wanting to keep all your stuff organised. I don't know how anyone else could top this. It totally changed the way I look at my stuff, even though I'm not someone who hoards much or is very messy. I think it would work on almost anyone.



The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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#1 New York Times Best Seller Amazon'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." -- Vogue.com

." . . 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." -- TODAY.com

"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

ISBN: 9781607747307
ISBN-10: 1607747308
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 14th October 2014
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.7 x 13.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.27