The Illustrated Guide to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by Marie Kondo


252 pages / January 2015 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)

The long-awaited illustrated version of the acclaimed cleanliness "bible" is here!


Since its initial release in December of 2010, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold more than 1.4 million copies domestically and enjoyed wide coverage on TV and in magazines. The book has also taken the rest of the world by storm. Translated versions have been published in 25 countries around the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy, China, Korea, and Taiwan. The book also earned mention in the New York Times. The latest installment in the series is The Illustrated Guide to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In this version, author Marie Kondo has constructed the book to incorporate an abundance of illustrations to go along with the 108 simple cleaning tips taken from her classes on organization — a reissue that is exactly what her legions of fans have been eagerly awaiting. For both amateur and expert cleaners, it’s just what the doctor ordered. Don’t clean another inch of your house until you’ve read every word in this book. Think of it as the ultimate collection of the know-how of Marie Kondo — an encyclopedia of cleaning wizardry that will put your life back in order. Incorporate the wizardry of cleanliness into your life and see for yourself just how significant the change can be.

From the table of contents

14 Get the hang of putting things into drawers
20 How to clean and store shoes
21 Packing for a vacation or business trip
26 How to keep your books well organized
47 Ways to keep your cosmetics in order
64 Letting go of your stuffed animals
71 How to keep kitchenware neatly organized
75 Give your cutlery the “VIP treatment”
87 How to store consumable goods in the kitchen
90 How to lend an air of “cuteness” to your kitchen
95 Turn the bathroom into an open space

From the editor

Four years after the release of this series, the desk in my office, cleaned in true Marie Kondo fashion, has yet to become messy again. Since I was the head editor, I naturally took it upon myself to put her lessons into practice, and can honestly say they’ve done wonders for my life. I feel confident we’ve made a good book, especially since we’ve received positive reviews from readers practically every day. We’ve also received numerous requests for an illustrated version of the book, which we are now pleased to be able to offer. This useful book is a must-have. I hope you like it just as much as you did the earlier version.


Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is a cleaning consultant whose profession is turning dirty rooms into spaces as pristine as hotel suites. In her private lessons, she’s successfully assisted over 1,000,000 students. She acquired a love for cleaning, cooking and sewing by reading Japanese housekeeping magazines such as ESSE and Orenji-Peji (Orange Page) when she was in kindergarten, which acted as the foundation of her training. Her enthusiasm for studying the art of cleaning became more serious after she read a best-selling book called The Art of Throwing Away when she was in her final year of junior high school. In her second year at university, she started a consulting company and her first website, where she began taking her expertise public. Her presence became known gradually by word-of-mouth, and the quality of her lessons gained a reputation for being so useful that “once you take them, you’ll never be messy again.” As a result, every student she’s had has completed her course and graduated. In 2011, her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, became a million-seller, and has gone on to be published in 24 countries. She has enjoyed attention from various international media outlets including a feature in the New York Times. Along with her new illustrated book, the series also includes The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up 2 and Experience the Pulsing Magic of Tidying Up Every Day.