‘Tidying Up’: What is Marie Kondo’s Book Called?

Unless you’ve been living under a pile of clutter, you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo by now. Her Netflix reality series was released on January 1, 2019 — the day so many people resolved to become more organized. The series is called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and it’s already generating a ton of positive buzz.

If you’ve ever thought about overhauling your cleaning methods to achieve a stress-free, clutter-free home, then the KonMari method that Marie Kondo preaches could be the answer.

Who is Marie Kondo?

The guru of organization, as many people call her, hails from Japan and travels with a translator while tidying up American homes. She began her cleaning quest at a young age, choosing to skip recess in favor of reorganizing the bookshelf in her classroom. Even her parents weren’t immune to Kondo’s tidying ways. Rumor has it she used to sneak their things to school to discard them in secret.

At 19, Marie Kondo launched her home organizing business and enjoyed almost instant success. Her months-long waiting list was proof that she absolutely chose the right profession. But since she couldn’t personally help everyone, she decided to share her methods in another way.

What is Marie Kondo’s book called?

Marie Kondo has written four books over the course of her career, but the most famous one is called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It was published in 2011 in Japan and became a best-seller in Europe also. It was published in the United States in 2014.

Since its release, the New York Times best-selling book has sold more than 8 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages. Thanks to the massive success of the book and her methods, Marie Kondo was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2015.

What is Marie Kondo’s book about?

In Kondo’s world, tidying up is about way more than just achieving a cleaner home. She says that decluttering your space can make you less stressed and happier in every aspect of your life.

The book breaks down the specific steps that Kondo uses to help her clients, called the KonMari method. The biggest difference that people find using this method is that it focuses on categories, not rooms. Kondo suggests breaking out your tidying into five categories: clothing, books, documents, komono (miscellaneous), and sentimental items.

It’s also more than just finding storage solutions for the items you own. Instead, you first discard any possessions that don’t “spark joy.” If you don’t feel a little trill of excitement holding the object, then it’s time to thank that item for its service and either donate or discard it.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up | Marie Kondo via Instagram

How is the Netflix show like the book?

The Netflix reality series based on the book is called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In it, Kondo herself visits families who find themselves overwhelmed by uncontrolled clutter. She gently guides them on a journey to tidiness by helping them rediscover what really matters.

Each of Kondo’s clients is facing a different stage of life. One young family has too much toy clutter. In another episode, a widow wrestles with discarding her deceased husband’s clothing. Everyone on the show does have something in common though: they all seem happier and more content at the conclusion of the episode, which proves that Kondo may be onto something.

Marie Kondo has become a household name thanks to her obvious passion and talent for tidying. If you’re hoping for a cleaner, more serene home for 2019, consider adding her book to your library (but paring down the rest, of course).