The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Book Summary

This 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.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo Reviews

  • Inspired

    By Epic.Boss
    This came to me as a recommendation. Though, I was anxious to start, this book gave practical advice. I found as soon as I had a question about the process, if I just kept reading a few more lines, I found my answers. I have already started to see the improvements in my life. Thank you Marie!
  • Great Read

    By Biznackah
    I love all the tips and rules this book gives! Such a great read I couldn't even put the book down! I read the whole thing and immediately started to tidy up (which is totally working!!) only thing I wish was that the examples, like specific folding of clothes - had photographed directions (or at least how the end product should work).
  • Unnecessarily verbose

    By Sanmog
    The book is too rudimentary to be considered transformational, yet lacking in the specifics (i.e. pictures of folding methods) to make it an effective how-to book. You may walk away with one or two good tips.
  • Amazing

    By Jaki baki
    Thought I have just done the biggest decluttering of my house...until I read the changing book!!
  • Very useful

    By Ph3013w
    This really helped me deal with a lot of my clutter. After reading, I immediately started implementing this into my life and donating at least 50% of the crap I never use. It has really aided in relieving a lot of my stress. I would recommend to anyone looking for tidying solutions in their life.
  • For someone who thinks they cannot...

    By Aesthetician & Herbalifer B
    This book has helped me understand that you donate things, throw away things & tidy up without the feelings of guilt or anxiety. I can honestly tell you hated cleaning and organizing things. It gave me the worst anxiety & I never felt as if I was doing enough. Something always had to be left until tomorrow. I realized I would clean all day long & still get nothing done. In 3 days into following her structure I have simplified & tidied almost the downstairs of my home. Like other reviews I read said, be prepared to rid your home of many things. Once you get through your first day, you will be ready for the following days ahead. Good luck to you. You got this. Oh, I also recommend YouTubing Konmari way of folding, she explains in the book how to but I'm more visual and I know other are probably the same.
  • The life changing magic of tidying up

    By Cinn69
    I just finished this book and it has definitely given me inspiration. I'm looking at things from a different perspective. I've never greeted my house or thanked my belongings but I will from now on. In between reading I've managed to clear to xtra large garbage bags of clothes out of my dresser. Look out closet and night stands here I come.
  • Brilliant book

    By Blur0330
    I joyed this book, having taken the ideas from this book have given me joy in the simple act of folding my laundry. Everything has its place and live is good.
  • Good, but gets quirky at the end

    By Anewdebbie
    The book is an easy read with lots of practical advice for those that want more order in the home. As a westerner, I can say the end gets a bit wonky. She talks about greeting your house, your clothes having destiny, and thanking your possessions for working hard for you...that's a bit much. I also don't think it fully gives perspective on life with children and spouses. Time will tell if the "one fell swoop" method works.
  • A must read.

    By Mads123
    Yes, yes, and yes.

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