The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

By Marie Kondo

  • Release Date: 2014-10-14
  • Genre: Lifestyle & Home
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,899 Ratings)


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.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Definitely Life-Changing!

    By Laptop Family
    If any book I’ve read lately is truly life-changing, it is this one. It is incredibly useful for me and for my family. I am a KonMari Lifer!
  • Helpful tips, too much filler and repitition

    By stelephantt
    I think that this book could have been summed up in a single, bulleted blog post. I did find a lot of the tips to be very helpful, but everything in between was just filler that seemed to keep repeating itself so by the time I got about half way, I just started skimming the rest. I also was disturbed by the fact that she brags about throwing away bags and bags of trash, but offers no direct alternatives to throwing things out (ie- changing shopping habits or donating items) and it all seems so wasteful to me.
  • Very useful

    By Era10s
    Loved it
  • Life changing

    By Trojane732
    I literally started picking up things...small items like lipsticks, all the way up to large items, like chairs and chucking them. Daily trips to goodwill are normal now and I've never been happier! Less is so much MORE!
  • 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.