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


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HCL_staff_reviews Dec 12, 2017

Are you drowning in stuff that you can't seem to get rid of? Is "declutter the house" one of your New Years Resolutions...that you still haven't gotten around to, because you can't bear to part with your beloved things? Are you the sort of person who anthropomorphizes everything from socks to spoons to childhood pictures?

Never fear, Marie Kondo is here. Her methods for choosing what to keep (only the items which "spark joy") and how to store them are no-nonsense but thoughtful. Her insights into being saying farewell to items that are no longer loved or no longer useful helped me to say "thank you" and "goodbye" and let those items go.

There is quite a waiting list at the Library for this international bestseller, but it is not a long or difficult read. I have no doubt that patrons who have our copies out now will return them on time! — Michele S., Minneapolis Central Library

Nov 24, 2017

The author overlooked the most important factor in decluttering - an editor.

Oct 13, 2017

I really enjoyed her approach and philosophy. It does help to speed read because there's a bit of fluff to flesh out the book. But her approach is right. For me it was a way to think of a rational way to approach a hard job...with lots of stuff and memories and no immediate need to do the cleansing. But the meat of the book is to have a plan and she presents a good one.

Oct 05, 2017

Many life-changing and magical insights such as, "The socks and stockings in your drawer are essentially on holiday. The time they spend in your drawer is their only chance to rest. But if they are folded over, balled up, or tied, they are always in a state of tension....They roll about and bump into each other every time the drawer is opened and closed. Any socks and stockings unfortunate enough to get pushed to the back of the drawer are often forgotten for so long that their elastic stretches beyond recovery. What treatment could be worse than this?"

Sep 26, 2017

I really enjoyed the book. It was like having a conversation with someone who is passionate about what they do. I read this book after initially reading the manga for more information!

I look forward to testing out the methods.

Sep 24, 2017

I found most of the advice inapplicable, especially doing it all in one day. If you live in one of the now trendy 'tiny houses', you might be able to do it, but if your home has three bedrooms, a family of three plus pets, it's just not realistic.

Aug 31, 2017

Not a comment meant to be posted in one sitting. This is a 'thought process' one needs to work through, hence, Marie's repetitive reminders of how to proceed through this onerous task are so memorable.

Aug 01, 2017

This book was easy to read in one sitting if you're willing to put the time into it, and I think that readability plays into Marie Kondo's style of tidying. Anybody can do it, you just have to do it from beginning to end. Kondo includes her recommended way of doing things, but she also emphasizes the importance of each individual person and that each person needs to find their way of tidying in order to do it right and to do it for life. Some concepts in this book really helped me understand how I wasn't using the space in my own home efficiently, and how to let some items go. I don't know if you can use this book as a reference in the future, as there are no diagrams or illustrations to show you how to do anything, but you have to spend the time to read the words and turn them into actions. With that, I want to thank this book for the knowledge and confidence it has passed on to me, as I know it will do for others.

Jul 26, 2017

I think I checked this book out expecting to read some kind of life changing tip. But no. There was not a single piece of advice in here that I hadn't already heard. I really feel like this book is only useful for people who literally do not know how to tidy or get rid of things. But hey, reading it caused me to organize my whole house so that I never feel the need to read something like this again.

kkerfoot_0 Jul 05, 2017

Marie Konda's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" gave me the push I needed to start discarding things seriously. While I haven't finished tidying my house, I already notice a difference in how I view my house and belongings. In short, I've actually started liking my house better. I'm putting things back where they belong, thinking more clearly, and enjoying going home in the evening. While Kondo has a definite superstitious side- easily explained by Japanese history and culture as a whole- I find working with those superstitions to be the glue that makes her method work. It might be easy for non-superstitious people or those unfamiliar with Japanese culture to make a snap judgement on Kondo's authority, but, really, don't knock it until you try it.

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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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