Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly declutter your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Whereas most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, the KonMari Method’s category-by-category, all-at-once prescription leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have been repeat customers (and she still has a three-month waiting list of new customers!). With detailed guidance for every type of item in the household, this quirky little manual from Japan’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help readers clear their clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home–and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
MARIE KONDO is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (also a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK) and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015. She is the founder of the KonMari Method.
I first heard about the KonMari Method buzz watching some of my favorite Youtubers vaunt about it, saying that it definitely change their lifestyle and how they view material possessions. Of course, skeptical as I was, I thought it was just some organization fad that will soon fade away. Suffice it to say, I was beaten by the cleaning bug after finishing this book.
Let’s be honest, though, I didn’t buy the actual book. I was afraid it would bore me to death. I downloaded the Audible version of the book so I wouldn’t have to read it on my own. As I was going through the book, I realized that the point she was making was exactly what I needed as I rummaged through all my hoarded stuff. I needed a specific way to organize all my stuff and keep it neat longer than I would ever have before.
You have to read it to understand what I’m talking about. The KonMari Method pointed out the heart of the matter when it comes to cleaning and organizing. And if you’re like me, who needs help in that area, this book is totally worth the effort and money.
I guess the most important thing that I learned throughout the book is to let go of the past since it will only hold you back to a better future you totally deserve. Things that hold special value in the past could be a total dust collector in the present and that could hold us back to have better things in the future. Thanks, Marie Kondo for pointing that out.