The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The book that sparked a revolution and inspired the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: the original guide to decluttering your home once and for all.

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 will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Book Reviews


Her Point Is Well-Taken5 star

I didn’t necessarily agree with everything she said, but I am really glad I read this book and her recipe for cleaning. It is easy to read and worth passing along. May all of your belongings spark joy and hold meaning.55


:)5 star

Second time reading it. Marie is so precious, and so helpful. Her method changed my view on discarded and helped me know I don’t have to live in clutter. And it’s easier than I think!55


Life Changing5 star

Beautiful way to organize your life.55

Ashwini 🇮🇳

KonMarie method transformed my lifestyle!5 star

This book transforms not only my life, but also my lifestyle! I had been procrastinating de-cluttering & tidying up our kitchen & dining on our farm for years! In the past ten years, I had tried many ways of de-cluttering & tidying up but the space never lit up with an everlasting joy & beauty. It inevitably returned into disorder, excess, and clutter. Marie Kondo was like the fairy God mother appearing in Cinderella’s life on the night of the Royal Ball! 57 days of inspired clean-up has happened through me. The kitchen/dining turns out to be only a tiny part of it! Our farm is transformed & so am I. I am grateful for the countless lessons I have learnt from reading this book. I had lost track of time. It is as if I claimed the summit, hoisted the flag in joy, and only during the descend did I count the days that had passed me by! I highly recommend that you read this book. It has transformed the chaos in my life into beauty, joy & orderliness. With a heart full of gratitude to Marie Kondo & wishing each one of you much joy and love! Ashwini (🇮🇳From India)55


Read this book!5 star

Do yourself a favor and just read this book. If you have any desire to declutter or organize your home, this book is essential reading material. Between this and her second book Spark Joy, I have finally been able to put my house in order and could not be happier!!55


Must read5 star

This book has had such a transformative effect on my life. I went from someone constantly riddled with anxiety, constantly misplacing items, forgetful etc. My head was a mess, I looked a little bit like a mess, & no surprise- my room was a mess! My closest friends are now reading it and they can brag about what effect it’s had on them as well. Can’t recommend it enough.55


Loved thus5 star

If it doesn’t spark joy in my life, it’s not worth keeping around.55


Terrible narrator1 star

Wanted to get this audiobook to listen to as I tidied, but the narrator is terrible—sounds like a computer, monotone and expressionless. I wish Marie Kondo would’ve chosen someone sweet and endearing to bring her words to life. Sad.15


Quality read5 star

With insight and understanding of the psychological changes one experiences through the act of tidying Marie so eloquently sells the idea of everything in ones home to have its own home. Interesting concept with real world application I used immediately after reading.55


Reminders from a forgotten era5 star

It’s really life changing to get back to what our great grandparents knew. Taking care of each item you own, having a designated place for each item that’s easy to see and use and put back. Respecting the items while you need them and passing them on to others that need them when you don’t. It’s a mindset that clears the way for great character.55

Other Books by Marie Kondo

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