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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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.
Publisher: Berkeley :, Ten Speed Press,, [2014]
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781607747307
Branch Call Number: 648 KO
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Hirano, Cathy - Translator


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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.

Aug 20, 2019

I'm surprised how many negative comments here. I'm indeed started to declutter after the inspiration gained format he book. Not only for living only, it helps my mental struggles as well. I am grateful that I didn't give up because other books didn't click...And I'm so happy I decided to give it a shot. I 9nly went through clothes so far...No shoes or accessories even, let alone other items. I have already packed 12 Garbage bags. In fact I learned today that bug brother would pick then up for you for free. Never feel lighter in my life. I know I am on the right track because it clicked. This will spark joy

Aug 13, 2019

Fabulous content. Not sure the writing is all that wonderful but my husband, teen daughter and I have already made our way through clothing and books, on to paper. Easy to follow, wonderfully mindful and thoughtful. I've recommended this book to anyone searching for an easier way to get through the day as this really helps spark joy and clear away clutter!

Jul 25, 2019

This was a book that I picked up when I was really into living neat and minimal. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo shows a different approach to cleaning. I really liked the idea of only keeping things that you like and that give you joy as I am someone who will hoard items on top of items because I feel bad throwing things out. I also liked her way of folding clothing- this is something that I now use in my daily life and I love how organized my drawers now look. However, I found some of her advice odd and silly, such as talking to the items. Some of her advice would also be difficult to incorporate in different lifestyles and for different categories of items. Overall, it was a nice read and it has definitely improved my life and room but some of the advice was questionable. I would recommend it if you wanted to tidy up your life. 3.5/5 stars! @phlanets of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jun 21, 2019

This is a very fast read, but it is probably one of the top five books that has actually changed my life due to changing my behavior because of reading it. Being grateful for items before giving them away has helped me release things I wouldn't have otherwise been able to release. Putting all of your items in a pile to get rid of them is helpful (seriously - I encourage anyone to pull all of their shirts...PJ shirts, dress shirts, undershirts, exercise shirts, hoodies, t-shirts, etc. in a pile and count them and realize the excess that too many of us live with). The book has changed my consumption habits because I now just say no to things up front that I know I don't want to keep. It has made me realize how much our 'things' suck our time and money, making me want to live simpler. I would encourage many people to read it and be open to questioning how they approach 'stuff'.

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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

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