The Life Changing Magic of Tidying – Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

OMG. I am a changed woman, well maybe not quite but I am on the way to being one.

I had seen some noise around the internets about tidying up and magical methods. Pfft! I said, what a load of rubbish, then I saw the words Life Changing method. I delved a bit deeper, read some reviews and articles and bought Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I read it cover to cover in 2/3 evenings and I folded back pages on bits I wanted to return to.

William Morris quote


This lady from Japan started her research at the tender age of 5 and hasn’t stopped tidying since. Anyway, I’ll let you discover her words in her book as it really is a pleasure to read and I was itching to start before I was half way through but waited until the weekend as step 1 is clothes and I have way too much stuff.

Step 1 – Clothes

Marie Kondo The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

She advises you to get every garment you own and put it in a pile in the middle of the room. EVERYTHING. This is to make you realise just how much crap you own and see that you really do not need it all.

She has a breakdown list too but as I had just cleared everything out onto the bed I had to start at the top of the pile and work my way through it.

‘Take each garment in your hands and ask yourself “Does it give me joy?” If it doesn’t eliminate it.’

This was so surprisingly easy, some items I needn’t even ask myself but just threw them on my ever growing discard pile. Others I held on to, reluctant to let go.

Some of the more difficult items made their way back into my wardrobe, including one dress I haven’t worn for over 15 years but still can’t bear to part with.

Marie Kondo The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie says to ‘thank’ items that have served you well but is time to let them go. I DID find myself doing this. A part of me wanted to hold on to the beloved piece but the Marie Kondo in me knew better and I said my goodbye. That may sound really weird but try it and you’ll see for yourself.

Marie Kondo The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie does warn that you may make mistakes, throw something you later regret, only time will tell. I have got rid of dresses, jumpers and other bits that I later regretted but the regret doesn’t last that long and it’s certainly not so bad I can’t forgive myself. After all everyone likes shopping right?

Marie Kondo The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I am so excited about my newly found method that I have stopped everything to sit down and tell you about it.

I have SIX bin liners of clothes and shoes to give to charity and I still need to tackle underwear, hats, scarves, belts and gloves.

Marie Kondo The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Step 2 is books and that is making me sweat just thinking about them


  1. February 8, 2015 / 9:43 AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. My wardrobe needs a big tidy out – might need to be my Sunday morning job!

  2. February 12, 2015 / 5:29 PM

    You are such an influencer Mari! My book just arrived, ordered because of you! Now I just have to find the time to read the darn thing! I have started it though. Well done me.

    :) Karin xx

  3. May 7, 2015 / 6:26 AM

    there’s nothing better than an international move to really know what’s important and not…lol

  4. Goodness Mari – you must feel elated? I can be quite ruthelss but you’ve opened a whole new dimension of tactics there. Can’t blame you for holding on to that beautiful dress and I have stuff I haven’t worn in so many years which would be difficult to let go of too. Is it something to do with not wanting to let go of a part of ourselves – someone we used to be, you’ve made me wonder?! Tough. And tricky. *pops the kettle on to ponder.* Good for you. And btw, I always regret getting rid of books. Only novels can go in this house. Good luck with that. Am very impressed and thank you for sharing. X

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