The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Length: 224 pages
Audiobook Length: 4 hours and 50 minutes
First Published: 2011
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.
Quotes from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.
Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.
The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.
People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.
We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.
TV Trailer for Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (2019)
About Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo is a Japanese decluttering expert, best known for her minimalism books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Spark Joy and Joy at Work. She is also the star of the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and the founder of KonMari Media Inc. She currently lives in California with her husband and two children. Visit the author’s website →