July 24

Book Review – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

July 24, 2015

From Goodreads:
This #1 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.

I am always looking for more ways to be organized and efficient. I have heard several people rave about this book, and it caught my eye when I was browsing the shelves at the library the other day. Here are my thoughts after finishing:


  • This book is short and inspiring. If you believe Kondo, she will transform your life in a relatively short amount of time.
  • Kondo provides very detailed strategies and a specific order with which to proceed with your tidying. It is helpful to have a plan laid out for you step by step.
  • Kondo does provide reasons for why she has you proceed the way she does following the guidelines she lays out.


  • I felt like Kondo was a little arrogant at times. I do realize that she completely believes in her system and its merits, but I think it is a stretch to think that absolutely everyone will embrace all of the concepts of the system and never backslide in any way once they complete an initial overhaul.
  • There is no research provided to back up some of the claims that are made (and not that I am a research crazy person, but I could have used a tidbit or two at points during this book).
  • Some of the strategies are a little vague, which is why I question how effective this system would be for everyone. We all have different standards and perceptions by which we live our lives, and to think that one vague strategy will work for everyone is overly optimistic.
  • Although her reasoning makes sense, it seems so overwhelming to tackle your tidying all at one time…..seriously when could I devote the needed time?

Although it may seem as if I didn’t enjoy this book, I do recommend it if you are looking to have a more organized living space and life. I agree with many of the strategies that Kondo presents, and I think there is a great deal you could glean from this book even if you don’t follow the plan step by step. I’m wanting to embark on Kondo’s plan, I’m just not sure how to find the time to do it :).

Have you read Kondo’s book? Are you looking to tidy up your life? 

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Posted July 24, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book review

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