Book Giveaway: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a giveaway – too long, in fact. Today, I want to change that by giving away something that I so badly want to read myself: two copies of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo.

I’ve never given away a book I haven’t first read myself (that’s what happens when you can’t shop and are still only #11 on your library’s hold list), but this best-selling guide to decluttering your home has received so much praise, I don’t think it will disappoint.

The book takes readers step-by-step through Kondo’s method for simplifying, organizing and storing household belongings. From what I know about it, I can say that I wholeheartedly agree with one of her methods: to “tidy up” (and declutter) once, so you never have to do it again.

Kondo also explains how to determine which items in your house “spark joy”, so you can remove anything that doesn’t. I thought about that earlier this week, as I did one final declutter and removed another 5% of my belongings. I’m now living with just 35% of what I once owned, and am so much happier for it.

Image by Sam Tackeff
Image by Sam Tackeff

I guess, in a way, it’s too late for me to read this, since I’ve already done all I can do here… but I get so many emails asking how I managed to get rid of so much stuff that I thought this would be the perfect giveaway to help two of you get started with your spring cleaning (and decluttering!).

To enter this giveaway, you can follow me on Twitter (3 entries), tweet about it (2 entries), like my Facebook page (2 entries) or leave a comment on this post that answers the question below (3 entries). You can also do all of these things for a total of 10 entries, or tweet about it daily to squeeze in a few more.

Remember to use Rafflecopter to make your entries count!

Since the content is universal, this giveaway is open to readers worldwide. It starts on Friday, March 20th at 12:00 a.m. PST and ends on Thursday, March 26th at 12:00 a.m. PST. The winner will be announced in a blog post on Friday, March 27th at 4:00am PST. Good luck!

Why do you want to read this book?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • I heard the author interviewed and found her charming and direct. I then watched a wonderful video of her helping a young man declutter and organize his apartment. It was inspiring! I think the author is a genius and would love to support her work by reading and telling others about her book. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway — if I win, I’ll remove myself from the waiting list at the library! ;-)

  • Hahaa i read a book review on this yesterday and though “Hmm Cait should read this, I’ll tweet her…but it’s after 6pm so I won’t bother now…” ;)

    • Ha! Nights offline have been amazing – you have no idea. But still tweet me! I’ll always reply in the morning :) <3

  • Hi there,
    I’d be interested in reading this book… I also read a review on another blog, it wasn’t a great review but I am interested still in reading it to form my own opinion.

    Thanks for doing this!

  • I always have the best intentions of de cluttering and simplifying life, but I usually find myself just expertly reorganizing things in a different way. The ‘I may need it someday’ clutter is my worst enemy! Needless to say, I need a little Marie Kondo inspiration in my life!

  • I would love to read this book so that I can clear the clutter in my house, which will in turn, clear the clutter from my mind. Plus, you would be crazy to pass up a free book!!

  • I’ve hit a bit of a roadblock with decluttering and I need some inspiration and perhaps to try a totally different approach. This book sounds really interesting. If I win this giveaway I’d love to read the book and then start passing it around to other people too – share the joy and all that!

  • I call my home The Treehouse. When I moved here in July 2013, I had decluttered and donated the contents of a 3-bedroom house and pared down my possessions to barely fill this one bedroom top-floor apartment. There’s been a slow creep of stuff over the past 20 months. I’m not exactly bulging at the seams, but I would like to pare down and tidy up and get back to less is more. I think simplicity is a muscle that needs to be flexed regularly. I would like to read this book and then donate it to my local library. ;)

  • Hi Cait,
    This has been on my ‘to read’ list for a few months now. Thanks for the opportunity to grab a copy!

  • Last summer I concentrated on de-cluttering my house but I now realize how much more I need to do…so many things I want to do with my life and it does not include dragging around a lot of stuff both physically and mentally. I think this book might just be the ticket to push me forward.

  • I just want to be able to focus. I began reading about minimalism a little under a year ago and I knew right away it was something I wanted to do. I quickly began going through every nook and cranny of our apartment looking for things I didn’t use to give away, throw away, sell, etc. But with finishing up last semester of college, graduating, traveling, job searching, and landing a new job… I just feel so distracted.

    Clutter is piling up again and I need to be more intentional about the things I’m bringing into my home and my life. And I’m just not.

    Books help me evaluate where I’m at. It takes me more than one sitting to read them, so they really help me think about the decisions I’m making and the habits I’ve created over a period of a week or two. This tends to help me move forward with change. And right now, I need some me some change.

    I just recently discovered your blog and I love it! Real quality content. I might be doing my own shopping ban experiment here soon. Thank you for the inspiration and for hosting this giveaway!

  • This book sounds like the perfect way to usher in Spring! I would love to start the new season with this book.

  • I think my husband should read this. He is so sentimental and won’t let me get rid of anything. I would also love to read it :)

  • Hey Cait!
    This would be a great read for me. I too have recently de cluttered my life immensely (it really helps when you move!) and am still having challenges wanting to buy more stuff! I know I will enjoy reading this book- thanks for the reading suggestion/ and for having this contest!

  • I have heard about this book on multiple blogs I read both here and overseas – would be interested to read it!

  • After tidying up, your mind clears up and you can think more clearly. I’m in major need of tidying up my space!

  • This book would be great for me!!! I am trying to hard lately to declutter, organize and budget and I have many challenges in trying to do this. Maybe this book would give me a boost!

  • I actually just read this on my kindle and LOVED it. I’m moving in a month and I cannot wait to start practicing the ideas that Kondo lays out when I start packing and unpacking. So now I really want to give a copy to my mother! I think she would really get inspired by the book. Everytime I visit I want to declutter and tidy up for her but I know I cant be the one to do that (or at least in a way that would make a permanent change) so maybe reading this book will give her some inspiration. Worth a shot :)

  • I want to read this book because, while I’ve sold or given away most of my unnecessary possessions, I still struggle with sentimental items. I’m hoping the book can help me let them go.

  • I live in 300 square feet so I feel this book would be very helpful to me.
    I have just spent a year cleaning out my Mothers home as well as my own.
    I now have 3/4 less possessions and want to organize what I have left.

  • I have this book on hold at the library as I heard such wonderful reviews. I’m number 91 LOL
    Would love to own it!

  • Everyone seems to be talking about this book right now, I’ve been dying to read it. But I just started a shopping ban, so I’m on the waitlist at the library. But to win a copy would be sweet :)

  • I would love to read this! I’ve been working on decluttering for a while now, but am having a hard time with a final push to get myself to tackle some sore spots – paperwork, my hall closet, etc.

    Will you be doing a post to share your final round of decluttering/what was in the 5% of things you were able to remove? Would love to see that.

  • I’d love to read this book, I read an article about it and have been intrigued to read more ever since.

  • I loved the book and her principles. Even if you’ve already gotten rid of many of your things, it is such a quick and fun read, you may enjoy it anyhow. I think I read it in under 8 hours. The concepts of letting go are very interesting, and finally got me to let go of some sentimental items. I wrote about why it worked for me on my blog (since everyone who loves her has to share it on IG and blog about it!) She also tells you to get rid of her book when you’re done if it does not “spark joy”.

  • I’m actively trying to reduce my belongings, already own this book, and just wanted to say that even though my place isn’t as clean or as item-less as I want it to be yet, just the experience of reading it and having a more clear delineation between things I want to get rid of and things I want to keep was ultimately calming.

    I can’t follow the ‘do it all in a few days’ approach because I’m never home for a full day, let alone multiple, but it has helped me become less stressed when I think of the overwhelming amount of stuff I own. A+ recommendation.

  • Hi Cait. I am fairly new to your blog. I do try and declutter and continually take stuff to charity or consignment stores. But for some reason the stuff never seems to end. I would like to get to a place where i don’t have anything left to get rid of. I have also set myself on a strict financial budget starting this month….trying to get rid of that nasty credit card and line of credit. A total decluttering of life i guess. I would love to win the book and give me some more tools. Thanks for inspiring.

  • There aren’t a lot of words necessary…I just desperately need help with getting my home tidied up and organized! I’m swamped!

  • I want to read this book ever since I eyed it at Chapters!!!
    I want to declutter but find it to be a bit of an overwhelming task… When I lived overseas I had very little and felt a sense of peace, I would like to feel that way again.

    Hopefully this book will help me to get going again.

  • I’m preparing to sell my home of 20 years (in which I raised two children) and make the bold move to a smaller rented space. I have the opportunity to carefully evaluate everything I own during this transition, and from the snippets of this book I’ve seen, it would be of great assistance. Enjoying your blog, I’m a fairly new subscriber :-).

  • I crave a minimalist and clutter-free space. This looks like a book that would inspire and educate.

  • This is perfect timing, as my fiancé and I were just discussing spring cleaning and downsizing. He has been away from our home at grad school across the country, and when he gets home, we’ll need to get rid of a lot of his belongings and a lot of mine, too! Time to officially combine our lives!

  • I want to read this book because this is the next step in my financial plan – decluttering all the crap I currently own!

  • i am dying to get rid of a ton of stuff in my house-baby gear (since our family is complete), books (since I have very limited time to read these days anyway, and hate dusting bookshelves!), clothes (that don’t fit my growing kiddos and those that DH and I don’t wear). I think this book would give me a kick in the butt to get going!

  • I’ve come a long way on my decluttering journey, but I think this book would take it to the next level. Thanks for a great giveaway! I just found your blog a couple weeks ago and I’m really enjoying it!

  • I really want to declutter my life and have made some efforts here and there, but I think having a book like this would really help to motivate me and keep me motivated through the entire process. Books and clothing are big things, (thankfully I don’t have a house full of knick-knacks) but sentimental items are an even bigger issue.

    Like you said, spring cleaning is on the agenda, why not declutter in the process!

  • Hey Cait,
    I recently started reading your blog, I really dig it. I’ve have gained a lot from reading just a few and I look forward to many more. This book looks really interesting! My boyfriend and I have been slowly downsizing with our ‘stuff”. It feels great to get rid of material things that have no meaning and just take up space. I think this book would help us do a better job of what we are trying to achieve with decluttering.

  • I want to read this book to see what all the fuss is about! I’m caught between “but why should I want to give up all my stuff!” and “do I really need or want all this stuff?” so I’d be interested to learn more about the benefits and how to accomplish this.

  • I have this book, I can’t believe I reading it while you are too.
    So happy. I love it, but I gave to wait till my vacation to have enough time to get everything out. Ha ha

  • I want to read this book, because I have the feeling that I reach a stucking point with decluttering/simplifying my home. And, like you, I have heard a lot of good things about it, but also like you too, I am on a year without buying anything new….

  • I have heard of this book on various minimalism blogs and found her ideas intriguing. I have been on the minimalist journey for a while and keep looking for new ways and solutions to adopt so I’d really love to read the whole book to see what else I can learn. I’d love to win it :) Thank you!

  • My basement is a disaster! In general I feel suffocated and overwhelmed when I go down there because of ALL OF THE STUFF. We desperately need to do something about it and this book would help drastically! I would love to read the book and learn tips/techniques for living a minimalist lifestyle.

    PS. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • would love to read this on my patio now that it’s spring! It’ll help kick start my spring cleaning (de-cluttering) !

  • This book would be awesome for not only helping me declutter before I move, but to also set up my new home in the most tidy way possible.

  • I would love a copy of this to give me the final push to eliminate the sentimental “stuff” that is cluttering our home but not adding value!

  • I want to read this book because I want to be inspired to let go of more stuff and clear my home and my mind.

  • I’ve read the book and it’s pretty good. Maybe a little different from the norm of decluttering.
    I would give as a donation to our library,as it isn’t in our system yet.

  • I actually have downloaded this book on my Kindle and started implementing the practices, but would really love a hard copy to pass on to friends and family!

  • This book seems to have become popular at a very pertinent point in my life. I am getting married this August after having spent last year in a long distance relationship. We are now merging our two lives together into the house my fiancé owns and are both feeling a little overwhelmed by all our ‘things’. I’d love to read someone else’s perspective on how to tackle this issue!

  • I moved a couple of years ago and filled a 20′ truck, and still ran out of space. This *stuff* just feels like it’s tying me down.

  • I love the concept behind this book, to keep only the items that “spark joy.” De-cluttering my house is at the top of my priority list, and this is the kind of thought process I want to abide by. I’m interested!

  • I want to read this book (which is also on my library list!) because I’ve started to de-clutter but I’d love to know more about this particular method.

  • Hi Cait.
    After finally organizing my finances (the hard way) and my youngest is/ will soon be off to Ontario to work, my whole life is screaming REDO, SIMPLIFY, and DECLUTTER. It amazing how much one person (never mind one mother and two sons) can accumulate over 20 years. we have downsized living quarters and I think Im just fed up with moving, dusting, orgnaizing stuff I haven’t really used in years. I think the hardest hurdle for me will be to remove the emotional aspect…the distraction of ‘oh, look, I forgot I had that” and then two hours later I am still in midst of cleaning chaos, my mojo dying, the task then again swept to the side for another weekend. Im sure I am not alone on this. :-)

    you have inpired me with your many posts and in turn I have changed my outlook on savings, investing and getting control with my finances.

    The book would be lovely to win, but regardless, it and you have already set my mind in motion on the changes that need to be incorporated into my life.

    keep up the great blog. I look forward to reading every post.


  • This sounds like a great book for me. I am just starting on my Decluttering mission and could use the advice. :)

  • I want to read this book because; I have always been a pack-rat by nature. In my childhood, I would always keep things for sentimental value (ticket stubs, random paper, candy wrappers from candy I got at a special place – everything!) and it created a maaaasive clutter problem. As an adult and former student who has moved many, many times, my clutter situation has become less of an issue (primarily because I got sick of moving so much stuff.) Now I feel that I’m mostly there, but I would like to “fine tune” my decluttering skills, as I still feel the pull to keep the most random items. Fingers crossed for a win! :)

  • I love reading minimalist blogs but could use some extra motivation to continue my decluttering journey. I’ve heard great things about the book and would love to check it out!

  • I’ve already read the book and loved it. But I just wanted to chime in and say that just because you’re “done” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it yourself.

    In fact, from someone who has already gone through her possessions I would be really interested on your take on Marie Kondo’s method for decluttering, or tidying as she calls it.

  • Wow I keep hearing about this book and everyone is raving about it, I want to read it too! I am also going through a home renovation and my home could use some serious decluttering!

  • I have this book already so don’t need it thank you but just wanted to say it is absolutely AMAZING. Totally a must read for anyone at all. I WILL change your life.

  • I tend to fall in love with too many of my belongings. I see the potential in almost everything, however time to carry out that potential often never arrives. This happens with clothes as well as decor items….I’m in love with them and sometimes they are small and quite insignificant, but the love affair continues.

  • I want to read the book because even though I’ve started getting rid of stuff, I still have a long way to go and I have trouble letting go of things. I think I’d benefit from the part that tells you how to decide what items are joy inducing and which aren’t.

  • I’d love to win and read this as it would encourage and inspire me to clean up and simplify! :)

  • With two dogs, two cats and a clutter-happy boyfriend, I desperately need to pare down and get organized. Routine cleaning takes so long that I run out of steam before I even start de-cluttering. I would love something that would help me simplify my life. :)

  • I am impressed with your commitment to change and declutter your home and life. Your blog is refreshing, a must read!

  • I want to win and share: read it, do it, give it away to a friend who will ‘rinse, repeat’. Thanks for setting a fabulous example.

  • I would love to read this book as a guide to living a simpler life. My wife and I are right at the beginning of de cluttering and de junking many areas of our life. Thanks for the reference. And thanks for the work you are doing. I enjoy your blog

  • I’d love to read this book to get new ideas and inspiration on decluttering. I think I’ve hit a wall right now.

  • I would love to read this book because I’m approaching a time of a lot of transitions, and would like to keep my focus on my commitment to simple living and minimalism.

  • I would like to read this book because I could really use some help in decluttering my apartment :-)

  • I love how this book approaches decluttering from a different angle…..pick what to keep and not what to throw out.

  • As I begin on my journey to discover peace of mind, I believe that the best place to start it from is home. Home can refer to both my soul and to the place I “hang my hat”. I’m learning to declutter the former through yoga meditation, but what I need now is some sound advice on how to remove unnecessary items from the latter.

    Thanks for thinking of your readers! :)

  • I’ve been inspired by minimalism for a couple years now and have been following the minimalists blog.. So I’ve had an on and off mindset for minimal but decided to take the plunge and get rid of all the unneeded things after following your posts. They were so clear and I’m so happy you gave such a detailed account of it. The book would be a wonderful thing to keep me in the right track.

  • I love living a minimalist lifestyle but there are definitely more than a few items I’ve had a hard time letting go of.

  • My friends and I were discussing this book a while back… (one friend spend the holidays working on her parents house using the book.) And there have been many many posts online reviewing the book. The number of reviews and positive results from the book makes be extremely curious to give it a read. I’ve tried the library, but the wait list is crazy long. I need something to help me take my decluttering to the next level. Fingers crossed.

  • I’m working on cluttering my craft room & could use help that book sounds like it would offer.

  • I just read my comment I made earlier…..I’m working on decluttering not cluttering. Darn auto correct. Trust me I don’t need help with cluttering.

  • Seems an interesting book, well I’ll punt on list to buy:P….I am tryng to do decluttering in several areas Ialso tried a sort of shopping ban but I am not so good as shopping banner while I am good on decluttering cost and find low cost-free things to do:P

  • Almost bought this book at Barnes and Noble yesterday but…I’m trying not to buy new books right now. I’ve got plenty I need to read! Have heard a lot of buzz about the book though and it sounds like it would be an interesting read.

  • I’m definitely struggling with getting clutter under control and this book sounds like it would be a big help. I’m in a place now where I’m making more changes and looking at what really need – I think it would be an inspiring read!

  • Hi Cait

    I am just at the beginning of my declutter journey, having made a committment to shed aboiut half of all my stuff by the end of 2015. Your blog has been a wonderful encouragement and on top of everything else, has helped me start to get my budget under control. I’d love to read this book as I still seem to spend way too much of my time ‘organising’. I’m sure I’m not the only one! :P


    Sarah (Canberra, Australia)

  • I would like to read this book and then give it to my boyfriend to read. We are both struggling to minimize our stuff. He really likes to read a lot before doing anything so that would it would be a very helpful bonus.

  • I have gradually been whittling down my possessions, partly because I was finding that the number of them overwhelmed the joy I took in each of them.

    And although I am not much of a hoarder, there are some areas where I just can’t seem to make progress. Books being the biggest issue. Having some new inspiration to help me tackle this new challenge (without breaking one of my budget rules not to buy more books) would be a blessing.

    Also my partner enjoys having an abundance of things, in our flat, and so there is an ongoing negotiation of the stuff we have! and I could do with having some better arguments on hand (and this book is always recommended).

  • Thanks for this great giveaway. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now. I am drawn to minimalism and decluttering, but I find that I can only stick with for a couple months at a time before I’m drawn back into shopping/stockpiling. I think this book will help inspire me to stick with it!

  • I found your blog a few months ago, and I feel like I absolutely relate to you. I’m currently 27, and have spent the last 6 months making some good progress on my credit card debt. I also don’t consider myself a minimalist by any means, but I’ve gotten better about making sure every item has a purpose- and I’m also better about not needing/ wanting what other people have.

  • I’d love to read this book because I feel beleaguered by my possessions, want to live more simply and deeply, and have read several great reviews of this book on line. I too have it on hold at the library but would love a copy for a more in-depth dive!

  • My library does not have this one, and I would love to read it. Thanks for giving away a copy!

  • I would love to win because I am just starting my Decluttering journey and could use the tips in this book!

  • This book sounds awesome!

    I’m always on a quest to be more intentional about what I create room for in different areas of life -this of course includes the “stuff” area. :)

    This book would be a great resource to learn from and take action on.

  • As a mother, wife and nurse that works 2 jobs…I want badly to find a way to add some peace to my life! I’ve been researching about this book and would very much love to read and implement it into my life!

  • I’ve wanted this book for so long! It seemed kind of anti-productive to buy it though haha! So I have a hold on it at the library but there are about 300 people before me- I think I’ll be waiting for a while. It’s in high demand!

  • I saw this book at my mom’s house when she checked it out from the library. I thought I’d really like to read it. I put it on hold at my own library, who has 5 copies of it and I’m still 51st in line! I’d like to read it before then!

  • I keep hearing about this book… which means it must be time to read it. I seem to get attached to items very easily and have a hard time letting go of them even through I love the idea of minimalism. I think this book could help.

  • I’ve started the “purge journey” and love reading about new ways of managing this process. Love your blog!

  • I’ve also had this on hold through the library for a while. Would love to jump the queue and read it, then pass it along to someone else once I’m done…since it’s about de-cluttering and all. Thanks!

  • I’d like to move towards living a more minimalist life for the sake of the environment, for the sake of my wallet, and for the sake of my sanity. Plus, I just read a blog post about this book elsewhere yesterday. How cool is that?!?

  • I am currently in the process of de-cluttering and organizing my entire life… Specifically my home right now! I have been experiencing all-time high levels of anxiety and stress, and I contribute 90% of it to simply the clutter in my home. I would love to read this book, and of course pass it on once I’m finished. :)

  • In theory I love minimalism, but I have yet to put it into practice. I have read a lot about the subject possibly the book would be my motivator.

Comments are closed.