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

By the way, it’s actually “Ma-Ree-Eh”. Not “Marie”. Kondo.


Name: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Author: Marie Kondo

Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Release Date: October 14, 2014


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 best seller 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.

Book Cover Comments

What can I say lol

The Actual Review

Everyone. LITERALLY everyone around me has been talking about “Marie Kondo”. Initially, I thought it was just some overrated thing that got overrated because America overrates things. I then decided to hit up Kondo’s website and her philosophy, then I got interested. I myself love tidying and sorting things, so that’s common ground. I started checking out Kondo’s Netflix TV show, and proceeded to purchase this book after successfully KonMari-tidying my college wardrobe.

This book is Kondo’s semi-biography, you can say, as it tells you her tales of the very first moments where she became obsessed with rearranging and tidying. Kondo never stopped from the age of five, but ran into many difficulties when attempting to tidy and clean up. This is what I also really enjoy about the book: Kondo didn’t stumble upon her KonMari method: it took years of failure, even towards herself with her previous anxiety attacks, and years of trial to figure out what was the methodology that she was trying to seek to become the perfect method of cleaning in her eyes.

Kondo’s key concept is to find out what you want to keep rather than what you want to throw away, especially with the aspect of “sparking joy”. I’m not saying that you MUST do this, and that this method is the one and only workable method of tidying, because I see a lot of Goodreads user trashing on KonMari method. If it works for you, it works for you; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t; every person is different and we’re not saying that you must go through this process. But do note that things such as thanking the clothes piece by piece and greeting the house before the cleaning up process is all a very, very, ASIAN approach. So I’d like people to respect different cultures and their approaches, rather than seeing it as a creepy method.

But other than that, after seeing the impact it made on the specific families that were on Netflix, I decided to give a little go at KonMari tidying, especially with the way she had clothes stand up so you can see all of it instead of having to burrow through your clothes to see what’s underneath. It’s definitely a new fresh way to see your wardrobe, and once its so perfect, you simply don’t want to go back.

I haven’t yet to go through the most important part of “does this item spark joy in your life” because I’m in college and I really can’t afford to throw anything away at the moment, but I’m very excited to see what effect it will do to my cluttered room back home.

Before you buy the book, just so that you won’t trash on it, I really suggest you watching the Netflix series, even if its an episode, for visual media would always give you a better picture before you really decide to divulge into the book.

Hope you enjoyed the review!

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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