Make Room for This Book: Marie Kondo and the Art of Decluttering

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie KondoThe other day, a coworker asked me why there were still dozens of holds on our copies of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. The reason is that Kondo and her book have started a revolution—a revolution to declutter our material lives. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Marie Kondo is the Lebron James of organizing in Japan—she is reportedly unable to take public transit anymore due to the throngs of adoring fans. In the fall of 2014, Ten Speed Press picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
  • Kondo’s philosophy ties into the increasingly popular trend of minimalism. See the Tiny House phenomenon for an example of the trend in architecture.
  • The book advocates for major decluttering—closets, drawers, even bookshelves—and suggests that you remove anything that doesn’t “spark joy” in you. Readers all over the world have discovered that this kind of tidying up really is life changing.
Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo

For proof that this book has people absolutely bonkers, check out this Wall Street Journal article, which calls Kondo fans a veritable cult. A New York Times columnist tried Kondo’s decluttering technique as well, claiming she began disposing of her excess belongings “with near drunken abandon.” The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was named one of the best spiritual books of 2014 by the website, Spirituality and Practice.


You should just create the catalog record for it now,
and watch the holds pile up.

This is why you need to brace yourselves and consider purchasing twice, no, THREE TIMES the copies of Kondo’s next book, Spark Joy. Although Spark Joy goes on sale December 29, it will be the most popular holiday title of 2015. I expect it will be the New Year’s must-read. What I’m saying is you should just create the catalog record for it now, and watch the holds pile up.

Spark Joy by Marie KondoThis new volume includes answers to readers’ questions, illustrations of Kondo’s specific folding methods, and more. Certainly, people will want their own copy, but for Kondo’s most die-hard fans, the library will be the place to go. After all, libraries are really the perfect way to avoid creating clutter in one’s life!






About the Author:

Erin Downey Howerton is a public librarian in Kansas. Follow her on Twitter at @hybridlib.

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  1.' Lacy Brown says:

    Love this book! I agree you need several copies, because it is contagious to talk about and share with others! It has not only changed my life but my family and friends who I have shared with as well! Thanks Erin for introducing me to this amazing book!!! :)

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