Experience the Magic of Tidying Up Every Day

by Marie Kondo

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ISBN978-4-7631-3352-6

190 pages / January 2014 / 1,600 yen (w/o tax)

This is an installment in the million-seller series The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It's the long-awaited collector's edition with full-color pages !

Description

Marie “KonMari” Kondo is a cleaning consultant. Her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, became known as an exceptional guide to cleaning and went on to sell over a million copies. She gained such popularity that a TV drama of the same name was aired in September 2013, with a famous Japanese actress, Yukie Nakama, playing the leading role.

Experience the Magic of Tidying Up Every Day is the long-awaited collector’s edition with full-color pages. The theme is simple: it is a book about how to realize a life of pulsing magic every day. It explains the basics of major cleaning in simple terms, from what order to follow when cleaning to how to fold clothes. For people who have already finished cleaning up, there are lots of small hints on how to achieve a KonMari style of living.

This is a useful book for people who are about to start cleaning, for those who are right in the middle of it, and for those who have already completed the task.

From the table of contents

– The entrance is the face of the house and the most sacred place
– The ideal kitchen is one where you can enjoy cooking
– The bedroom is a refreshing place where you recharge your energy after a long day
– Organize the lavatory in your own way without wasting time
– You will have good luck if you wipe the soles of your shoes
– Treat your home’s entrance like the gates to a shrine
– Look at your cleaning scrapbook before going to bed
– You will have a healthy household if you take care of the most important points
– Use wall decorations to create your ideal scenery
– The time you spend cleaning the floor can be your meditation time
– Use as little cleaning detergent as possible
– The benefits of washing your sheets and pillowcases every day are incomparable
– Your underwear defines your appearance
– If you work at it for 10 days, it will become a regular habit

From the editor

As chief editor for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, what made me happiest after working on the book with KonMari are the many letters from readers who thank us for the book and tell us the impact it has had on them. We received over 30,000 letters, and the most common request from readers was for a color edition of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

We wanted to produce a “Magic of Cleaning Up Photo Book” that would give off pulsing energy to the people who own it. Now we’ve done that and we hope you like it.

Author

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is a cleaning consultant. She is a professional who can turn rooms that are so cluttered that you cannot see the floor into rooms that feel like a hotel suite. She has had her students get rid of over a million unnecessary items. In her early childhood, she fell in love with reading housekeeping magazines. She genuinely loved vacuuming, cleaning, cooking, and sewing, and 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 studying the art of cleaning. In her second year of college, she established her own consulting business and began to devote her life to what would become known as “the life-changing KonMari Method for organizing and storing.” Her “Once you learn it, you’ll never have a messy room again” concept got her noticed, and her popularity soon spread through word-of-mouth. Her blogs Lessons on Organization and Storage for Ladies and Lessons on Organization and Storage for Company Presidents (you need to be introduced by a member to join) both have many dedicated fans. So far, none of her devotees have gone back to their old ways.

In 2011, her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, became a million-seller. In 2013, she was once again under the spotlight when her book was used as the inspiration for a Nippon Television TV drama starring Yukie Nakama.