Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

Posted January 6, 2016 by Felicia S in 2015 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 11 Comments

Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie KondōThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano

Date Read: December 2015


This 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 book 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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Publisher: Ten Speed Press

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Overall Rating: 4.00
Advice Rating: 4.25
Practical Rating: 3.75

First Thought when Finished: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying had me hooked and planning my week off after Christmas but I am not getting rid of my books.

Advice: I really thought this book was mostly a hit with me. I need to be more ruthless with stuff and if I’m flat out not using it/brings me no joy then it needs to go. I have a room that has garage sale stuff in it. I need to just add to it and then have the sale and/or sale the stuff virtually. That will also help with the other part of life she says will shake out once you do this stuff. However, I won’t get rid of my books which was a section in the book. They bring me joy–that room does so it will stay the same (mostly) though I will get through the knick-knacks in there.

Practicality: I think the idea of doing it all at once is swell. I even will have a solid 3 days to devote to it but I doubt that gets it all done. I do think not prolonging it is smarter than a little at a time. However, for most people it is going to take more than one fell swoop. I don’t know many people that can dedicate that kind of time. So while she says aim for perfection–I’m gonna more aim for awesome (a step below).

I would totally recommend this to anyone looking for a push to get tidy


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11 responses to “Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

  1. This does sound like a useful book, but yeah – not the books!! I have the audio so maybe I’ll tidy up when I’m listening 🙂

  2. I have his on my shelf to read. Maybe I better get to it soon, as I’m off the first week of February and could use that time to go through everything and sell things online. 🙂

    I’m glad to see someone I know enjoyed this book and thinks it was a help to declutter and organize. 🙂

  3. So…I bought this a few months ago and then lost it. It got buried under a pile of magazines and clothes.

    I guess I should read it pretty soon…..

  4. I have this book. I really need to scoot it up my TBR! Also, not getting rid of books I love – but I do need to be picky with the ones I’m keeping, because I have some books that I know I won’t ever read but someone else may get joy out of them.

  5. I have this book too- and I love the idea behind it. I want to declutter and simplify. And while I’ve made several cuts from my bookshelves- books are my joy, so no, I am so not getting rid of them. I honestly just want a house that’s less cluttered and easier to clean so I have more time to read. 🙂

  6. My husband is such a pack rat and it has unfortunately spread to me as well. We’re trying to get the house back to where it used to be. We’re taking a room by room approach. The dining room is almost done. 🙂

    I have a feeling this book might stress me out if the author thinks you’ll fail if you don’t get it all done at once. (I gathered that from the description; your review didn’t make it sound negative!) I totally agree that if it isn’t bringing you joy it should go. 🙂

  7. When my boyfriend left, I went through all the rooms and closets. First of course getting rid of everything that was his, and then re-organizing the closets and throwing other stuff away. I also can’t get rid of books, but I am trying to get rid of my Dutch books that I won’t re-read anymore, a bag at a time.

  8. Oh man, do I need to declutter. I am not a huge hoarder but I do have clutter…ugh. I have so much stuff I need to reevaluate cause if I have not missed them by now I know I really don’t need them.