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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: A Book Review

The following is a book review by The Ameri Brit Mom. This post expresses the genuine opinion and experiences of The Ameri Brit Mom and is in no way endorsed by authors, publishers, and outside influences.

Title: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Author: Marie Kondo

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Copyright Date: 2014


For the past week I’ve been in hard core tidying mode. I attribute my passion for cleanliness to having read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This is a book by a Japanese organizational consultant and it is about her experiences and methods for helping people to declutter their homes while also getting their life affairs in order.

We’ve all heard about ways that some of the cleanest people keep things clean and tidy.

“Just clean a little bit every day.”

“For each thing you buy get rid of something else.”

“Store things according to your floor plan.”

In this book Marie Kondo debunks these popular statements and provides quick fixes for even the biggest of hoarders. (Here’s a hint: Her plan involves lots of trash bags.) By rethinking material objects and taking the time to go through your entire house you will find yourself more at ease and organized in every area of your life. Kondo has named her strategy the KonMarie method and it is sweeping Japan clean of clutter. In this book she explains her (slightly zen) plan of completing a Tidying Marathon, discarding unnecessary items in your house, and storing what you have decided to keep in a way that aids in the cleanliness of your home. Throughout the book she gives practical steps toward achieving not only your dreams for your home, but also your dreams for your life.

As a result of having read this book I’ve done some major work on my house.

I’ve already thrown out ten garbage bags full of things that were just taking up space in my home. And although I was a little nervous to let go of some things I’ve realized that I feel lighter because my house is lighter. It takes far less energy to keep my house clean. And thanks to the KonMarie method my husband and I have already established new systems for completing tasks around the house like doing laundry and washing the dishes. We are not quite done with our Tidying Marathon, but we’ve gotten so far and it feels so good!

If you struggle to keep your house clean, or if you are contemplating renting a storage unit please take a look at this book! It will change the way you look at the objects you own and quite possibly it will change your life.

The Ameri Brit Mom 

One thought on “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: A Book Review

  1. Reblogged this on The Ameri Brit Mom and commented:

    The new Netflix series Tidying Up is based on this book. Since the show has taken off I decided to reblog my post from 2016 from reading the book. I still use many of the principles in this book and I have a renewed sense of getting to a healthy, tidy place both in my life and in my home.


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