The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by Marie Kondo


270 pages / January, 2011 / 1400 yen (w/o tax)

A new leader in cleaning up is born!
Live in a clean room forever by using the life-changing KonMari Method for organizing and storing things.


This book is based on the “once-cleaned, never-messy-again” method.
If you think that such a thing is impossible, then you especially should read this book.

The author, Marie “KonMari” Kondo, has made a name for herself as a famous cleaning consultant in Japan by making incredible changes to rooms-turning messy, cluttered-up living spaces into something as comfortable and well-kept as a hotel suite.

At the age of 5, she fell in love with reading homemaking magazines. Then in the 9th grade, she read a bestselling book called Throw-Out Skills. After that eye-opening experience, she began in earnest to study the art of cleaning. In her second year of college, she established a consulting business and developed the concept of the life-changing KonMari Method for organizing and storing.

To sum up her magical secrets:

First you need to do all the throwing out. Then clean up everything quickly and completely.

If you do this in the correct order, you’ll be able to live in a clean room for the rest of your life and never have to suffer from messes again.

The author gets feedback almost every day from clients saying how her methods have drastically changed their lives:

“I’ve been told that I seem happier than ever.”
“I’ve been able to really increase my sales.”
“I’ve been able to turn down offers that I wasn’t really interested in.”
“I’m able to maintain my focus at work.”
“I started getting messages from someone I have my eye on.”
“I finally was successful at losing the 3 kg. I’d been trying to lose.”
“I began to feel strength and power that I didn’t know I had.”

We invite you to use the life-changing magic of cleaning and start a new life.

From the editor

-Clean only a little each day and you’ll never finish cleaning up.
-Instead of categorizing spaces, create spaces for things.
-Before starting to throw things away, get a good image in your mind of the lifestyle you dream of.
-If it doesn’t give you a pulsing feeling when you pick something up, throw it out.
-Start with sentimental items and you’ll probably fail.
-Decide on a place for everything in your house.
-The more you value something, the better it will serve you.

From the editor

Marie “KonMari” Kondo, the author of this book, won a book-proposal contest for which I was a judge. I clearly remember the first impression I had of her: “She’s going to be on TV and become famous.” My instincts proved right. About the time when this book hit the shelves, she was scheduled to appear on a popular Saturday TV program called Oosama/King’s Brunch, on the TBS Network. While there have been many books on the art of organizing and storing things, KonMari really stands out. I’m confident that this book will be successful in brightening up the lives of its readers.

Rights sold to:

Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, U.K., U.S., Vietnam


Marie Kondo

Cleaning consultant. Writer for her popular homepage, Lessons on Organization and Storage for Women.

In her successful career as a professional cleaner she has turned rooms that are so cluttered you can’t even see the floor into rooms that feel like a hotel room suite. She has been able to persuade her fans to get rid of over a million unnecessary items. In her early childhood she fell in love with reading homemakers’ magazines. She genuinely loved vacuuming, cleaning, cooking, and sewing, and she lived like a dedicated homemaker throughout her school years. When she was in the 9th grade, after being inspired by a bestselling book called Throw-Out Skills, she officially began her study of the art of cleaning. In her second year of college, she established her consulting business and began to devote her life to what would become known as the life-changing KonMari Method for organizing and storing. “Once you learn it, you’ll never have a messy room again” was the concept that got her to be noticed, and her popularity soon spread through word-of-mouth.

Her Lessons on Organization and Storage for Women and Lessons on Organization and Storage for Company Presidents both have many dedicated fans. She also boasts that none of devotees have gone back to their old ways!