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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


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Why can't I keep my house in order?
You can't tidy if you've never learned how
A tidying marathon doesn't cause rebound
Tidy a little a day and you'll be tidying forever
Why you should aim for perfection
The moment you start you reset your life
Storage experts are hoarders
Sort by category, not by location
Don't change the method to suit your personality
Make tidying a special event, not a daily chore
Finish discarding first
Start by discarding, all at once, intensely
and completely
Before you start, visualize your destination
Selection criterion: does it spark joy?
One category at a time
Starting with mementos spells certain failure
Don't let your family see
If you're mad at your family, your room may be the cause
What you don't need, your family doesn't either
Tidying is a dialogue with one's self
What to do when you can't throw something away
Tidying by category works like magic
Tidying order: follow the correct order of categories
Clothing: place every item of clothing in the house on the floor
Loungewear: downgrading to "loungewear" is taboo
Clothing storage: fold it right and solve your storage problems
How to fold: the best way to fold for
perfect appearance
Arranging clothes: the secret to energizing your closet
Storing socks: treat your socks and stockings
with respect
Seasonal clothes: eliminate the need to store off-season clothes
Storing books: put all your books on the floor
Unread books: "sometime" means "never"
Books to keep: those that belong in the hall of fame
Sorting papers: rule of thumb-discard everything
All about papers: how to organize troublesome papers
Komono (miscellaneous items): keep things because you love them-not "just because"
Common types of komono: disposables
Small change: make "into my wallet" your motto
Sentimental items: your parents' home is not a haven for mementos
Photos: cherish who you are now
Astounding stockpiles I have seen
Reduce until you reach the point where
something clicks
Follow your intuition and all will be well
Storing your things to make your life shine
Designate a place for each thing
Discard first, store later
Storage: pursue ultimate simplicity
Don't scatter storage spaces
Forget about "flow planning" and "frequency of use"
Never pile things: vertical storage is the key
No need for commercial storage items
The best way to store bags is in another bag
Empty your bag every day
Items that usurp floor space belong in the closet
Keep things out of the bath and the kitchen sink
Make the top shelf of the bookcase your personal shrine
Decorate your closet with your secret delights
Unpack and de-tag new clothes immediately
Don't underestimate the "noise" of written information
Appreciate your possessions and gain strong allies
The magic of tidying dramatically transforms your life
Put your house in order and discover what you really want to do
The magic effect of tidying
Gaining confidence in life through the magic of tidying
An attachment to the past or anxiety about the future
Learning that you can do without
Do you greet your house?
Your possessions want to help you
Your living space affects your body
Is it true that tidying increases good fortune?
How to identify what is truly precious
Being surrounded by things that spark joy makes
you happy
Your real life begins after putting your house in order

About the author

About the Author

Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, star of the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.

Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her tidying consultant business as a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying expert helping people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration.

Marie has been featured on more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, Vogue, Ellen, the Rachael Ray show, and many more. She has also been listed as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.


"Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic."-The New York Times

"A literal how-to-heave-ho, and I recommend it for anyone who struggles with the material excess of living in a privileged society. (Thanks to Ms. Kondo, I kiss my old socks goodbye.) . . . To show you how serious my respect for Ms. Kondo is: if I ever get a tattoo, it will say, Spark Joy!"-Jamie Lee Curtis, Time
"This book lives up to its title: it will change your life."
-B.J. Novak,
People"This book is a cult. A totally reasonable, scary cult that works, doesn't kill people (a bonus), but does drastically change your life. In this case - for the better."-BuzzFeed

"The most organized woman in the world."-PureWow

"The Japanese expert's ode to decluttering is simple and easy to follow."-Vogue"Her voice . . . is by turns stern and enchanted, like a fairy godmother for socks."-The Wall Street Journal

"Reading it, you glimpse a glittering mental freedom from the unread/uncrafted/unworn, buyer's remorse, the nervous eyeing of real estate listings. Life's overwhelm, conquered."-The Atlantic "All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world . . . one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life."-Good Housekeeping (UK)

"How could this pocket-sized book, which has already sold over 2 million copies and sits firmly atop the New York Times Best Seller list, make such a big promise? Here's the short answer: Because it's legit. . . . Kondo's method really can change your life - if you let it."-Today

"Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?"-USA Today

"A brief and bracing practical guide to tidying up your home."-Financial Times

"[It is] enough to salute Kondo for her recognition of something quietly profound: that mess is often about unhappiness, and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it . . . Its strength is its simplicity."-The London Times

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