The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

14 Oct 2014

by Marie Kondō

Presents a guide to cleaning and organizing a living space, discussing best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.


Pages: 213

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Overall: 77% of the 135 mentions are positive, 22% are neutral and 1% are negative.



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  • > Now I'm 33; and cleaning the house in absolute silence early on Saturday mornings is one of the most peaceful and zen-like experiences I get all week. I knew someone wrote a book about this: not sure whether it is the exact book; but still
    3 points in /r/RedditForGrownups by chowchowthedog | 23 May 2017
  • try this? I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for but it's a good book on organizing.
    2 points in /r/LifeProTips by roborbbrobor | 22 May 2017
  • I just got this book; which mostly emphasizes dramatically de-cluttering your life and only keeping things you really love/need. Less stuff means less stuff to clean! I've done it so far with my clothes and it's been HUGE. Every day I look at my new; tiny little wardrobe full of only things I love and want to wear and I feel so much peace. It's easier for me to do the little chores associated of hanging my clothes too because I'm invested in that space and how nice it feels to have it "right". It's also not nearly as overwhelming because there's so little to organize.
    5 points in /r/ENFP by wishywashywasfulness | 13 May 2017
  • Not a witchy book; but I really liked The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The premise is that you work by category; making sure you physically touch every object; and only keep what sparks joy. I think that this is a great way to eliminate things that carry latent negative energy. Like that sweater you never wear because it itches or the color is a little off; but you spent a lot of money on it and you feel guilty about not wearing it or wanting to throw it out. Moving is a great time to reevaluate what you own and how it fits your ideal life.
    2 points in /r/witchcraft by greenwitchhaven | 08 May 2017
  • If you want to hire someone; you probably want a life coach. If you're looking for someone who will help you on many of these angles; that would be a life coach. Someone with a more detached; professional view of your life who can provide motivation; a sounding board; accountability; etc. Now; seeing as you are broke AF; I'm not sure if a life coach is affordable. So if you want to DIY this; I have a couple of suggestions. - I think the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up might be a good recommendation to catch up on housework and get your physical spaces organized. - For your broke AF-ness; try You Need A Budget (YNAB). Students get one year free. - For all your other professional and personal goals; I would recommend a combination of Getting Things Done and Getting Results the Agile Way. The value for you in Getting Things Done (GTD) is the initial collection; processing and organization phase; along with the workflow habits it can build. That initial process of gathering up all this stuff that has accumulated in your life over the past year you've been unable to work and deciding what you're going to do with it should be helpful in getting you moving forward again. But where GTD kind of falls down in my opinion is in deciding what you are going to do and providing structure in how your organize your tasks. And I think both of those are provided much better in Agile Results. That system has a much more intentional process of laying out a vision for your year; month; week; and day that makes working through all your goals and the accumulated backlog easier.
    6 points in /r/productivity by johninfante | 05 May 2017
  • I like The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo. As an inherently messy person this book changed my life. Most self help books follow a "change your thinking change you" mentality but this book is more of a "Change you actions and environment then it changes you" perspective. I uncluttered my life and became way more responsible; pro-active; and disciplined.
    3 points in /r/suggestmeabook by chorizobisque | 27 Apr 2017
  • As a lifelong mild hoarder myself; this book was kind of life changing. It really helped change my outlook on "stuff" and using her method of decluttering worked way better than all the other tips I'd tried. The basic principle is that you keep only stuff that you actually take pleasure in owning and get rid of the rest. You tackle things in categories instead of room by room. So for an example we gathered up every single piece of rain gear we owned. Instead of hanging onto every random umbrella we would stumble across; when we saw everything together we got rid of the 4 crappy umbrellas we never wanted to use and kept the 1 large and 1 compact umbrella that work very well. She also has a lot of tips on dealing with the psychology of letting go of your stuff (saying goodbye to it; recognizing that you're letting go of the object; not the person/memory associated with it). It's really quite amazing.

    But be warned; it is quite an undertaking once you get going. You need to dedicate real time to accomplishing her categories. And go in the order in the book! So start with clothes and easy stuff and keep the video games and anime for the last category (which is stuff that involves more emotions) for when you're more on a roll.
    6 points in /r/BabyBumps by LBluth21 | 15 Apr 2017

  • Check out this book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up Easy read. Its really helped me in my decluttering process !!
    11 points in /r/declutter by LoveSalmonDinners | 11 Apr 2017