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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

Hardcover Published: 14th October 2014
ISBN: 9781607747307
Number Of Pages: 213

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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.

Industry Reviews

#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

Clear, concise & you realise you are not the only untidy one


Loved this book, very easy to read and also entertaining with a few little giggles. I could really relate to a lot of the examples detailed in this book. I thought I was the only one that was that untidy (or lazy) but found many people are the same.

Country Victoria


Great book for discussion with friends


Gives clear instructions and examples on tidying



Life changer


Loved this book highly recommend


Still reading it and implementing strategies


Well thought out ideas

South Australia

Life Changer


I have recommended this book to everyone! It is so easy to read ad apply the features of Konmari to all aspects of my life.

Palm Beach Gold Coast


Definitely would buy this again!!!


I lOVE this book, just what I need in my life!!



Helpful and informative


I found this book easy to read, informative and motivational in getting my house sorted.



Very good book


Great book

Melbourne, Australia


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.



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ISBN: 9781607747307
ISBN-10: 1607747308
Series: Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 14th October 2014
Publisher: TEN SPEED PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.42 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.27

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