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.
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Decluttering guru Marie Kondo has become such a superstar that when she gives talks in her home country of Japan, there’s a waiting list for the waiting list. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is about much more than making your home neat; it’s about resetting your entire life. Some of Kondo’s methods are startling (thank your possessions before you get rid of them), but much of her advice is imminently practical. Her notion that you should only keep things that give you joy makes this compact book a little life-changer.
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Good ideas but NOT typical
I heard about this book from a magazine that laughed about it. Still, organization & decluttering are weaknesses for me, so I got the book. Kondo's approach is different from any I've read. It also makes sense. She does get a bit "out there" for our Western sensibilities with some of her ideas, but I am willing to try! Like most organization books, the focus is on single people, though she briefly discusses living with others that might not share your cleaning zeal. That's the hardest for me--I wish it was handled more.
I'm not sure why this idea seems so revolutionary to me, but Kondo's book has really changed my mindset. Her rule of keeping only what "sparks joy" in U.S. and getting rid of the rest was a revelation. This book is short and a fast read and I recommend it to anyone like myself who struggles with being "untidy."
Read Only If You Want To Change Your Life
Having spent the last few years moving toward a Minimalist life, I was ready for this book. Marie Kondo has a radical concept: keep only what brings you joy. With this as a measuring stick, whole rooms could disappear! I have tried a
few of the suggestions in the book and can feel the weight lifting from my shoulders. Things that seemed impossible to discard, have made their way to my outbox including a grocery bag of papers that I considered absolutely necessary until I threw them into the recycle bin.