Book Giveaway: Tidy Up with Marie Kondo


One of my goals for the first 90 days of this year is to read 1 book/week… and, to my shock, I’ve actually been able to stick to it. My early success with this goal might be a result of the fact that I’ve committed to sharing a book review on Instagram every Sunday, so I feel the need to stay accountable. But it has also served as a great reminder that it doesn’t take very long to read a book – sometimes just 3 to 6 hours, depending on how long it is – all we have to do is make the time.

Time is something that many of us claim to never have enough of, despite the fact that we’re all given the same number of hours and minutes in a day. I’ve come to realize that so much of our personal definition of the word “time” is based on how many tasks and to-dos are floating around in our brains. Even if it only takes 5 or 10 minutes to accomplish some of them, each task takes up mental space that makes us feel “busy”, and that’s space we can’t get back until a task is complete.

For years, I would write “clean” on my weekly task list. By “clean”, I didn’t just mean do laundry or scrub the bathroom tub; I meant tidy up and re-organize my belongings. Since getting rid of 75% of my stuff, however, I never have to do that. Whenever I’m done with something, I put it back where it belongs – in a spot that’s easily accessible and makes sense for me. And because I got rid of so much stuff, I never feel overwhelmed by the task (so now “clean” finally means exactly that).

I want the same to be true for you, which is why I’m giving away two books that can help.

While I didn’t read Marie Kondo’s books until after I’d finished decluttering, they did remind me to setup my home in a way that all my things are exactly where they should be; that means never wondering where things are, why I’d put them here or there, and removing any annoyances (like needing a lamp where there’s little light but being too lazy to move an existing one). Now, I genuinely enjoy walking into each room, because they are organized and inviting.

If that sounds ideal to you, I would encourage you to read both The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. By now, I’m sure your local library has dozens of copies (and if not, they should). But if you’d like to win copies for yourself, I’m giving away a set of both to one person.

To enter this giveaway, you can subscribe to my mailing list (5 entries), visit my Facebook page (3 entries), follow me on Twitter (3 entries), tweet about it (2 entries) or leave a comment on this post that answers the question listed (1 entry). You can also do all of these things for a total of 14 entries.

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Since the content is universal, this giveaway is open to readers worldwide. It starts on Monday, February 1st at 4:00 a.m. PST and ends on Saturday, February 6th at 4:00 a.m. PST.

Good luck! And happy tidying :)

  • I have read articles about her approach and managed to tackle clothes, but it would be great to learn about her whole approach. The summary articles, I think, focused quite a bit on clothes and paperwork, but in interview she alludes to this broader principle of awareness and gratitude that I would like to learn more about.

    • I can’t even recall how many times I have now come across the mention of this book. I think the Universe is sending me a message! I will make it a point to read them both. Message received :)

  • I have so wanted to get these books, I have read great things about this method about de-cluttering. Thank you for offering them in this giveaway. I have been on a purge and de-cluttering of my home for a year now and though I have made headway I still don’t feel like I’ve done enough.

  • I’ve come prettying far in my frugality measures, but I think tidying up is the next step in wanting less stuff/lowering lifestyle expectations. Because when you are aware of everything you have and it is accessible, you truly feel like life is abundant.

  • Why do I want to read these books?
    They have caught my eye a few times in Chapters, and I’m very intersted in reading them to see what I can apply to my daily life which will help me simplify. I’d love to read this books because I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about them. Also, when I’m done I’ll pass them on to someone else.
    Have a super day, Cait!

  • I’ve read the first one and love it. In fact I have it on audiobook and find it soothing to fall asleep to. Now I’d love to see the second one since I don’t imagine that format will translate well to audio. Some books we just must own and hold in our hands rather than have electronic versions of. I would be thrilled to be the winner of this drawing!

  • I have these books on my “to-read” list but I’m way, way down on the library waiting list. Marie Kondo seems like the nicest, most sincere, delightful person — I’m hoping I learn not only about organizing, but about “sparking joy.”

  • Ooooh! I once borrowed the life changing magic of tidying up, but I’d love to dive into it again. I truly need some help in getting rid of excess in my life. The first round of kondo-ing helped a big deal, but I need to dig deeper!

  • I loved the first book so I really want to read Spark Joy next! I’ve been doing a lot of decluttering and it’s just made life so much more simply. I’m much happier now and able to focus on the things that are most important to me.

  • Hello! I’m taking baby steps in a new life. I want a clean and uncluttered house and I want a minimalistic lifestyle. Lots of work ahead of me. I think these 2 books will help me get iT together. Sorry for my bad english but my native language is flemish. Thanks for organizing! Lots of love , Kaatje

  • I want these books so I can get a final push to dig into all of my “stuff” and get rid of everything I don’t need/truly want. It makes me legit sad walking into some of the rooms in my house and being so overwhelmed.

  • I have spent years trying to reduce what I own but have not succeeded. These books will give me directions and the tools to finally get it right

  • Those look like great books! I would love to read them :) Maybe they would help me finally get organized!!

  • I would love to read the books because organizing & feeling clutter-free (and free then nonetheless) has been my leitmotiv for a few years now, and I want to enjoy the results, I think that the books will help me to close that circle and start leading a happier, more minimalistic, deep and lovely life :)

  • I am halfway through The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up and I can’t wait until after my trip to New Orleans to do a declutter using her methods. Our apartment is getting a little cluttered after a year of bringing our belongings slowly from New Brunswick, and I’d like to go through a do a purge. I think changing up my usual method (room by room) will be a good way to do this!

  • I want to read them because I live in 350 square feet and I believe organization is key to a happy home. These books would be such a great help to me living in such a small space and making the most of my home. I also had to purge 2 family homes last year and reading these books would help me prioritize those belongings I have to incorporate into my tiny home.

    • That’s so fantastic you’re wanting to downsize! I moved into 220 sq.ft about 6 months ago and it has been so transformative! :D You’ll love it. Xx

  • I am in the midst of my own journey toward minamalism and a living a life that I love, so I could use all the support I can get :)

  • Both of these are definitely on my list of books to read. I’ve done some significant decluttering over the last few months but never with an actual plan. Would love to follow this method.

  • I have read so many great things about these books. I would love to be able to read them for myself!

  • I would love to win this book as I’m decluttering and also started my first shopping ban today :)
    I’m also new to your blog and love it!

  • I did not know about the spark joy book… Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait it read it! You are also very right about making time foe things… I spend far too much time escaping on the internet… I want to redirect that time and energy! Thanks for the reminders!

  • These books have been on my to read list for awhile now because I have a big decluttering to do in my house and I keep putting it off. I’m starting a shopping ban this month so not buying them yet! I’m on the reserved list for the first one at my library. Looking forward to reading them soon. In the mean time, I’m still starting the decluttering process and hope to make some progress before I read the book.

  • We’re going to be buying a house this year (fingers crossed it all works out) and I want to get this home right from the get-go and live a clutter free life forever :)

  • A year and a half ago, my family downsized to a much smaller house with much less stuff… I feel so much lighter with a smaller space to maintain, clean and tidy. Yet still, stuff overwhelms at least once a week and the tidy process begins again. These books would provide further inspiration. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Why do I want to read these books?

    1) They sound interesting and might give me the added shove to keep working on tidying/decluttering


    2) my hubby is super unorganized and if these books could help with the “Laura, where is my ……….?” I get all the time, it would be a gift! ;-)

  • Entered! I’d love a book like this to help declutter my place and probably my mind.

    Also I love the idea of reading a book a week. I might try it with a book every two weeks :)

  • I’d love to win both books! I am beginning the process of right sizing my surroundings. Once I’ve read the books I’d pass them on to my daughter.

  • I do believe that reading these books will help inspire me to get where I want/need to be. I was told by someone that these books have made a huge difference in her life…I hope they do the same in mine.

  • I loved her first book; it made a tremendous difference in my life and our home (and my if I win, my sister has been wanting to read it so I would pass it along to her!) I’m currently on the very long waiting list at our library for “Spark Joy!” and think I could benefit from a refresher of the topics from the first book, and also the illustration on folding!

  • I have been living with clutter for the last year or so, and can’t ever seem to conquer it. I am embarrassed by the clutter, and when I have guests over, I hide things so that I don’t actually need to do the work of sorting and decluttering because I never have enough time. I am following the mindful budgeting documents to try to do better with my finances and tackle the debt. But I think reading Marie Kondo might inspire me to get that clutter conquered.

  • I’ve read the first book and am loving it. I haven’t read the follow-up book yet, but it’s on my list. If I won, I would have a legit excuse to pass the first book on to a family member without that implied “I think you need this” feeling. It could be all casual, “I won this great book but already have it. Here’s one for you.”

  • I want to read these books because I can’t seem to move past my clutter. I have a daughter and my BF will soon be moving in and I’m determined to start living a more simple life. These books would help.

  • Feeling overwhelmed lately. I feel like I just cant get it together. If Spark Joy could help with organization and decluttering I would welcome the read!!!!!

  • I’ve heard so much about these and I really need some extra help with decluttering. I have such a hard time letting go of things.

  • Hi Cait,
    Great post about being practical with your life. I love that now that I have reviewed everything I own I can pretty much tell you where everything is in my house. I still have some clutter that could use some help!

  • I would love to read these! I am 279th on the wait list at my local library! Would love to have copies of my own to read. Love your inspiring blog.

  • I loved her first book & found it helpful. I have downsized my book collection, but her books are two I am willing to make space for. Thanks Cait. Julie

  • We are on the road to leading a more frugal, less packed full of stuff kind of life. I have wanted to read these books because I know they are right in line with our train of thought over the past year. I don’t want to give up the momentum I’ve gained and I believe in reading every morsel that touches on the topics will help my house become more peaceful, less cluttered, more financially free!

  • I want to want less so would love these books! Thy would really help me clean out the clutter in my house.

  • I have actually read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but feel that a paper copy would be an excellent asset to my library. This book has helped to change my home :)

  • Why do I want to read these books? My one word intention this year is “cultivate”. From what I have read about these books, they will fit right in with my new intention(s) to cultivate more joy and less stuff. Cheers!

  • I’m a neat freak but my husband is not. He likes to keep everything. I have been wanting to read these books for a while to tidy up our apartment but especially, be more intentional about our living space & our belongings so we can focus on what really matters.

  • I’d love to read these books for several reasons, the main one being that as I’m coming close to my 30th birthday I’ve realized what and how I want my life to be, my house to look and feel like. However, the path to get there has been eluding me ever since I’ve reached this conclusion. Therefore, having the set guideline to sort my “stuff” and get my mind at ease so I can fully enjoy life sounds way to appealing!
    I didn’t know that there was a second book so I googled it and realized that it complements the first one perfectly so I wanted to thank you for providing the winner with the right tools to conquer clutter for good :) I believe that following her guidelines (I’m also curious to see how her method differs from yours!) will get me closer to how I want my life and my house to be like.

  • I’ve had my eye on these books for a few weeks now! I’d love to read them as I’m getting more and more into the idea of minimalism – and I would love some guidance as I declutter! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

  • Because I live in a studio and constantly feel surrounded by stuff….Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  • I’ve read so many posts from different bloggers who have loved this book and loved the effect it had on their lives after trying Kondo’s methods. I can’t wait to try it for myself.

  • I would love to win these books. I have been dying to read them but have been doing my own shopping ban so I have resisted buying them. There is a long wait list for these books at the local library!

  • I want to read (and hopefully win) these books as I’m trying really hard to take control over my finances so I can buy a house and my first step is to declutter (which I’m planning during a week’s stay-cation in March).

  • I’ve been eyeing these books up for a while now. I’ve heard that her approach to corralling clothing is awesome! I’m generally a tidy person, but it never hurts to learn more!

  • I need these books in my life – I have 2 jobs and 4 kids (and an amazing husband who helps with everything!) but we are drowning in clutter – Im finally ready to let go of things, but I need a game plan – I need these books for that and some accountability. Help a girl out… :)

  • I’ve been hearing about them for a year and really want to read the real thing! My plan would be to read them, then pass them along to somebody else. I don’t think they’re books you’re meant to keep :)

  • I have been exploring minimalism and have chanced upon blogs like yours and books. I have heard that Mary Kondo’s book is the Holy Grail and something that is so highly recommended is bound to be intresting. So would love to GET it and READ it….thanks and have a lovely happy 2016!!!

  • My husband and I are still trying to unpack/organize/set up our new home. I have been trying to adapt a more minimalist lifestyle and think these books would give me the necessary push to finish up what we have started!

  • I heard a lots of good things about these books and I realy want to read them. I think her way of cleaning and decluttering quite unusal and its concept is foreign to me. :-=

  • I constantly feel overwhelmed by the amount of “cleaning” I need to do. It’s a struggle between wanting things to look nice and put together and functionality. I’ve heard great things about this book and would love to read it.

  • I’ve heard about her books on a few pf blogs.. some people have described them as life changing, so they must be great! Thought I’d enter and try to win before going to the library to rent them out. :) Great giveaway, Cait!

  • I want to read the books because I have just recently moved to a new country. I have much less belongings here that the ones I used to have before so I suppose the decluter has already started. However I want to keep working on it and I think the books might be useful. Plus there is no local libraries in Panama that sell them :)

  • I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years – you inspire me to be better about spending. I’ve been wanting to read these books for a while – I think they would help me get a better grip on things.

  • I am so excited to read this book! I saw her on t.v. and was absolutely fascinated by her process. I have already reserved it from the library but I think this is a fantastic giveaway.

  • I feel like I’m constantly purging, but still have so much STUFF! I would love to read this book and find a sustainable way to de-clutter and simplify!

  • I just moved out of my flat into my boyfriend’s flat and am about to move across continent. I’ve been reading about Marie Kondo in preparation! I still have some decluttering to do – I’m determined to move back to the UK from Qatar with three suitcases. They don’t sell the book here and I can’t get it on Kindle in this geographic area – so annoying! It’s a sign that you’re blogging about it!

  • We are planning to move across Canada this summer (Nova Scotia to the Yukon). I have started to purge and need to do so much more. Thank you so much for being such a great inspiration.

  • I have started to take baby steps to declutter our house, and need to be more ruthless when it comes to belongings. I borrowed the Tidying Up audio book from the library, and listened to it while working out. It was a good read/listen. I need to check out the new book to get motivated and inspired too.

  • I’ve heard so much about the 1st book and I need the positive change in my life. My home is so chaotic!

  • Thanks, Cait! You, Sarah at Unsettled, and the Frugalwoods are changing my life! I read Life Changing Magic and can’t wait to read Spark Joy. I’m something like 60th on my library’s waiting list, so I’d love to read your copy and pass it on.

  • Hi Cait,

    I first heard about Marie Kondo on your blog and found her books and instructions absolutely amazing. Fortunately for me I had already decluttered my home inspired by your budgeting.

    I recommend Marie Kondo’s method to everyone I meet but not many are open to it and feel she had made a lot of money. .. I tell them that they aren’t ready to declutter yet. !!!!

  • I loved the first book and know that it is one of those books that is going to take me several reads to get the full benefit and I can’t wait to get to read the second one (I hear it’s super good).

  • My husband recently passed away and to say I’m re-organizing my life is an understatement. I have begun to move many material things on in my life and have heard wonderful things about this book which I think could help me along my path.

  • I am all new to the concepts of budgets and decluttering!
    I am still in the process of scanning through your blog (from the very beginning!!) and see your journey. I guess these books would be a great start to start my own journey!

  • Thank you for offering the giveaway! I’ve been curious about these books because of all the hype they’ve gotten. Some of the advice seems a little…impractical…for me, but others, like being appreciative of things you’ve owned but now don’t need and to just thank them and send them back in the world, I can relate to. I’m interested to read these things in context, rather than other people’s filters, to see how I relate to her advice on the whole.

  • I already read the first book from the library, but it’s the kind of book I’d like to pick up often for inspiration, or for relaxation. For me, reading about cleaning up is just as soothing as actually doing it. Right now my husband and I are staying with my parents while our house is remediated for mold, and it’s taking awhile, so there are stacks of stuff everywhere and a lot of it I could throw away. I got rid of a lot of clothes when I read the book the first time, but I have a ways to go!

  • I’m really trying to pursue a life of minimalism in preparation for saving for the next two years to be able to go to school without working full time (which is what I’m doing currently). As a 23 year old with friends and acquaintances who spend like it was nothing, the temptation is REAL. I just need something to help ground me, and I think this could be my go-to on days where it feels like I just NEED that extra whatever.

  • I am so committed to furthering my minimalism journey this year and absolutely rocking my finances in the process. I loved the first KonMari book so I’m really interested in the second one in this giveaway – but I’d share the first with my mom because she NEEDS it. She has a 4000+ sq. ft. house and rents storage for “off season” stuff. I want to share minimalism with her and inspire her to downsize this year!

    Also I have no idea how I wasn’t already subscribed to your email list!

  • I want to read it and donate it to the local library. My library doesn’t have one and the only way to read it is to transfer it from the other library to mine but there is a waiting list.

  • Why do I want to read these books? 1. I want to see what all of the excitement is about. 2. I’d love to spark some joy in my life & 3. I have them on reserve at the library, but I believe it is going to take forever!! Everyone has them on hold. Thanks.

  • I have started to declutter our house! I’m waiting for winter to go away so I can hold a garage sale and get rid of my garage sale pile in the basement!! The next step will be moving into a smaller house! I can’t wait to read the books for more inspiration!

  • I’ve heard phenomenal things about Marie Kondo and I could really use an extra push to decluttering my life.

  • Wow! I don’t know where to begin. These books would really come in handy for me and my family. When you have so much accumulated over the years from grandparents, parents, kids, friends etc., that sometimes you just take a backseat and let it all pile up because you don’t have a clue as to where to go with it. Some things you just can’t part with, so where do you go from there? These two wonderful books (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up & Spark Joy by Marie Kondo) would help my family and I to reach our goals, of getting rid of all that stuff. I feel like our lives would be so much better. We could breathe a little, spend more time as a family and enjoy the simple things in life. I think that almost everyone in the blogosphere is taking about these wonderful books.

  • Why do I want to read these books?
    Because my husband is a pack rat and I really want to declutter. Maybe if he reads it he will feel why I want to do it.

  • I just finished a huge declutter (life purge) last night using the first book. I have been singing my praises for the KonMari method from the rooftops, it’s fantastic!! I would love to own both books because I want to lend them out to friends and family beleaguered with belongings.

    • note: I clicked “follow on twitter”, thinking it would take me through to where I could do that action, and then realized that I deleted my twitter account (I clearly use it extremely infrequently), so please disregard!

  • I want to read these books because I have been on the hold list at the library for months now! I want to feel more relaxed and joyful in my home so I can be happier and more productive!

  • Oooo! My fiance bought me the first one…he’s in the military and I’m a yoga teacher- we have different ideas of what “tidy” looks like haha… It would be great to have both though!

  • I have seen all of the awesomeness that has come from Kon Mari and I would love to try it out for myself! We are adding to our family and love our current house, so I feel if I can keep/get the clutter out now, we can stay here for a very long time!

  • Loved the methods in the first book (borrowed) and am still in the process of following them. Very keen to read her newest one for further motivation. Thanks so much, Cait, for offering this opportunity.

  • I have been wanting to take a leap and completely declutter my life. I can’t wait to not rely on things to feel happy or successful.

  • I’ve had a lot of stress lately, and am really overwhelmed. I’m trying to simplify to help get my head back over water. Decluttering is part of that!

  • I loved her first book and can’t wait to read the second! I love sharing the info with people I know too! I think it would be great motivation!

  • These have been sitting in my Amazon cart for about three weeks now. I desperately need to purge – I live in a small space, and I will likely be adding a boyfriend to that space in the next few months, which means I need to tone down the detritus that is weighing down my life. I’ve always felt guilty giving/throwing things away, and her approach definitely intrigues me.

  • I’ve heard so many great things about these books. I’m trying to go into the new year embracing a more minimalist lifestyle and decluttering my life! BTW – love your blog, great insights!

  • Hello there! I’m French and my local library (here in France) may not have these books for rental. Since I am too in the process of REALLY decluttering for the 1st time, I would love to read Marie Kondo’s work to help me make the right choices!
    PS: I found out about your blog recently, via one of RowdyKitten’s post, and I love it!

  • These books would be perfect as we set up our ‘forever’ home. I am conscious of not wanting to fill this house with loads of clutter and stuff yet still be comfortable and enjoy living here. All our belongings were in storage for eight years while we lived overseas and deciding what to keep and what to ditch is overwhelming sometimes. Thanks for the chance to win these Cate!

  • I have had the first book out of the library on two different occasions now, but haven’t been able to finish both it and the decluttering/organizing before the due date (it’s so popular you can’t renew it). So I am once again on the wait-list for the book from the library, but it would make things so much easier if I didn’t have to return the book… I’m also on the wait-list for the second book, but haven’t actually had that one yet… (there are less copies of it at the library.) Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  • I’ve just moved into a new space – it’s pretty teeny, but I love every square metre of it! I’ve been really conscious of bringing only those items I really need for now, and would LOVE Kondo’s book to help me on a strategy with how approach the rest of my things.

  • I am on a quest to declutter my life. That means everything from people to closets to budget. I’m interested to read the book not only for myself but my adult kids (a couple of them could really use some decluttering!).

  • I absolutely LOVED Marie’s first book- it was the catalyst to my journey in minimalism! I would love to read her second book, and have copies of both! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Ask anyone I know and they will tell you that my ultimate dream is to one day be organized and clutter free! All of my spare time is spent decluttering and trying to come up with better ways to stay organized, but I just came seem to stay with it. I REALLY need the help of an expert to put me on the right track. I would LOVE to win these books – and I promise I will put them to good use! Thanks, and I love reading everything you send! Good luck with all of your goals!

  • Fingers are crossed! I’ve been wanting to read these to do a big “final” declutter (not that you are ever actually done). I’ve been slowly going through closets of everything we have accumulated over the last 6 years but would love to read the books and get that final push to get it done!

  • I heard about “the life-changing habit of tidying up” and waited patiently on the waitlist of 425 at our local library! It was well worth it and although I have long chosen to live minimally, the words Marie Kondo uses to explain the “why” we accumulate truly struck home with me. I would love to add her second book to my collection to read and pass on…

  • I love your postings and have been reading you for about a year now. I find them very inspirational. I have been de-cluttering and selling off things I don’t use. Before I would have given them away. I like the simplified space I live in and am not interested in collecting and buying more stuff. We receive many messages to buy more and more, the truth is we need very little to ‘live’. Thank you.

  • Although I don’t have a lot of stuff at home, I still find that some things don’t find their way back to “right” place after use. I hope that these books will help me to find the right places for them and my cleaning assignment would be a lot easier also!

  • What a wonderful couple of books to read while I’m on my minimalist journey! I’d love to have copies of these as I’m sure I’d refer back to them many times. If I don’t win, you bet I’ll be on the waiting list at my local library!

  • Cait, I’ve been reading your blog for several months now and it has really made a huge difference in my finances. I’m a mature student and money is tight so I’m always looking for ways to cut expenses. Embracing minimalism and tidying up my world is one way for me to reduce spending as well as simplify my crazy life. My library has these books but due to the high demand, I’m presently 210th/221 holds waiting for the books. I’d love to be able to read these sooner than say, next fall, to help me with these life changes.

  • I live in a very small place and I’m anxious to learn how to manage this and feel comfortable in this tiny space. I need help! I’m overwhelmed with my stuff and lack of storage.

  • This is so odd. I have been on a wait list for 3 months for this book from the library. I read it in 2 nights and started the following day. I have a capsule wardrobe so I thought, pffft I won’t find anything left to declutter….. 3 bags left my house of just my clothing and I have 3 more family members to do. I am dying to read spark joy as I enjoyed magic so much but really need a more planned approach to the order of things. I am not looking forward to returning my book and really want one to circulate amongst my friends too!

  • I love having a neat home but decluttering is a big problem for me. Some advice would definitely help.

  • I’ve heard so much about minimalism lately and that clutter in your surroundings attributes to “clutter” of the mind. I’d love to read some great tips on how to go about getting rid of all the junk I seem to have accumulated!

  • My life has become such a mess and I feel like the advice from these books will help me to change my frame of mind

  • just finished clearing out my closet and attempting to dress better with fewer clothes. Retired….now on to decluttering the bedroom a step at a time. Thanks for suggestions.

  • So many people are talking about Marie Kondo’s first book – looking forward to reading it (there’s a long waiting list at my library). I don’t tend to have a lot of sentimental attachments to objects/stuff, so it’s fairly easy for me to declutter, but I struggle with paper – what to keep, how to organize it, etc.

  • Living in a rental house while our build is completed has inspired me to begin to purge but there is still clutter. Looking forward to learning some techniques for setting up the new house clean from the start.

  • I had a look at both the books today and will definitely get them once this giveaway is done and dusted … especially Spark Joy, really like the look and feel of it.
    Thank you Cait for initiating this!

  • Hi Cait! I have heard so much about the KonMari Method but I would have not had the chance and opportunity to pick up any of her books. I have recently moved back home after spending a year abroad and I am pretty overwhelmed the amount of things I have. I have started the process of decluttering and taking baby steps in my minimalist lifestyle but books are my dynamite. In short- I need all the help that I can get!

  • Love the comment about tasks taking up mental space. It really resonated with me. Sometimes it is good to just buckle down and get these tasks done. It frees you up to do more important things.

  • Virtually every day I make resolutions about decluttering. We have Too Much Stuff in my house, and I’d love to have a go at Kondo-ing lots of it out!

  • I just read about this author in People and she has some great ideas. I love how she talks about not keeping possessions that don’t spark joy in you.

  • I’ve decluttered a lot over the last years, but a few messy areas remain. My craft room and closet need some tough love…

  • I just returned a copy to the library. Her book has truly been life changing for our family of 3. My 6 year old has never wanted to part with anything. After watching and helping me pull out my entire closet as well as the garage, she decided she could sell her huge play kitchen she no longer used as well as many other things. My husband is a minimalist so he has been very encouraging. People can’t believe we have been able to transform our home and lives with this simple motto: Does it bring me joy? I would love my own copy!

  • I’d love to read these books! I am starting the declutter process and these books have been highly recommended. Hope I win!!!

  • With 2 kids (3 & 6) and the mountains of small clothes and toys as well as a husband who keeps everything, I think I am need of a declutter and it would be great to have advice, tips and help on how to start.

  • I’d love to read these, I’m moving home soon and I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to declutter.

  • I have heard so many good things about this book and would love to have a read of it myself. I am looking to move out of home within the next few months so I definitely need to decide what to keep and what to get rid of before the big move!

  • I need to read these books because I have 3 rooms in my home that are filled with boxes and bags and I’m sick and tired of it! I need HELP!

  • I would love to read this because I feel like I have way too much stuff in my house already and I’ve only lived here for 18 months,p. At this rate I will out grow it in another 18 and I want this to be a long term home.

  • I am determined to make this the year that my home is under control. These books could definitely help with that!

  • I grew up in Japan as the daughter of two loving parents who both have their own attachment issues to, well stuff. While the minimalist Japanese lifestyle always appealed to me growing up surrounded by so many useless things has created a desire for me to always get more and more stuff! I’ve moved half way across the world 3 times at this point and bringing my stuff along is expensive and detrimental to my mental well being. I need a good kick to be able to clear out the things I don’t need once and for all!

  • I want to read these books because I have heard SO MUCH ABOUT THEM and I need some tidying up in my life. The waitlist is forever long at the library for the books. I am in the organization/tidying/declutter mode and know these books would really help.

  • I found her first book to be really thought-provoking and did a major decluttering session right after reading it. I can’t wait to read her second book!

  • I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months and I really enjoy the balance of personal finance and minimal living! I’ve been on the brink of buying The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up for a while, so this giveaway is perfect timing!

  • Big fan of Marie Kondo – adored her first book and keen to read the second. Would love to own them (I borrowed the first from the library) – so that I could highlight & annotate. I’m getting keen into decluttering at the moment & general minimalist living, after paying off a large pile of credit card debt for things I didn’t need or want. Would also highly recommend Stuffocation by James Wallman – really good & makes you want to throw out all those old boxes!

  • I happened to stumble on this book at the library, but I couldn’t renew it because by the time the due date came around there were two holds on it (and this is a small library so that’s never happened to me before). I’d love for the chance to finish it–I’ve already given away three plastic grocery bags so far and there is so much more to do :)

  • You know, I love personal finance and finding ways to minimize consumption and clutter, but you’d never know that if you stepped into our apartment! And it drives me crazyyyyy! I want everything to have a place, but we can’t seem to find a place for everything. These books would help, I think, in helping me better organize and finally feel at peace in our home.

  • I would love to win these book(also helps for my spending ban not to have to buy them lol) but most of all I am new to the process of decluddering my life. I have had a few major things hapen to me in teh past year that made me realize that all this STUFF I have is not making me happy and is acually weighing me down.

    That being said I find it so hard to de clutter and let go of things cause you never know when you are going to want it. I want to me married to my life not to stuff.

  • I had heard about Marie Kondo’s book on Tidying Up late last year. As I am ALSO a budget savvy blonde, I tried to download it from my Library, but there was quite a waitlist! It took about 2 months for me to get access to it, and with the various things going on in my life, I only had a chance to read 2/3 of it! Those 2/3 were very inspiring. I was able to de-clutter my clothing and books! It really does make SO much of a difference to have a place for everything. I would LOVE to have my own copy and be able to finish!

  • I have been waiting to read these books! My only fear for when I read them is that it will leave me replacing my things with more stuff, haha!

  • One of my six goals this year: Kondoing the whole house. I’m recovering from concussion so this seems counter-intuitive. But less visual clutter, more space freedom, is what I’m craving.

  • I’ve heard great things about these books and the concept of ‘sparking joy’had been brought up many places, interested to read them myself!

  • Because I am so disorganised and have just downsized from a three bedroom with kids to a one bedroom without and need help desperately!!

  • A friend told me about Spark Joy and it sounded like a great book–looking forward to reading it some day.

  • OOOH! I have been looking to read these for so long. It seems that everyone is talking about them now and I would love my own copies!

  • These have been on my Amazon wishlist for ages! I just finished reading Essentialism by Greg McKeown and think these books will be a perfect compliment to the attitude shift I’ve been experiencing lately. I’m so eager to continue my journey to mindful, simple living. :) Thank you for hosting such a lovely giveaway!

  • I’m in a similar position to the one you were in last year when you started your shopping ban and apartment purge. My husband and I live in a ~1600 sq. foot house and we’ve found lately that we’ve “lost” things in our house – like the charger for our digital camera – and when we lose things, they could be in a dozen different places. I started to read “The Life changing magic..” last November, but didn’t have time to really dedicate to a true review and purge of the items in our house as I am currently working full-time and completing my MBA. However, the MBA’s done at the end of the month, and I intend to ruthlessly go through everything as soon as it’s done! :)

  • This is exactly what I need right now! I’m currently in the process of decluttering and purging my home of unnecessary items. I’ve tried to do it in the past, but 2016 is the year when I will finally get rid of at least half my possessions and organize my home so that everything goes in its proper place and I no longer have to spend hours of my life cleaning and reorganizing all the time.

  • I’ve been struggling for the past 5 years with clutter. I have gotten rid of a lot! and I mean a lot! I take a car load of stuff every couple of months to a humane society thrift store, and even donate in between then. However, things continually creep back into my home. I have gotten a lot better in the past year about not buying things however and I have been selling a lot of my things too.

    I have extreme little income as my income is sporadic as I’m starting my business that’s about 2.5 years now (that’s seasonal). My spending is still way more than it needs to be. I have a lot of expenses regarding house and car with payments, insurance, and taxes. Plus my house has needed updates and organization for things that I do need.

    I would love to read these books as I need inspiration to continue paring down my stuff. It’s too hard to live in a house with clutter. I also wish to be inspired to still spend less.

    I often dream about what it would be like to only have the things that I do use. Also, not to have things ‘just in case’, especially related to hobby items, and only have materials you need for one project. I love a lot of the things that are purely there for enjoyment to look at, but there are only so many knickknacks I can sit around. I’m also always afraid they’re going to be broken.

  • such great timing….i love to read anyways but i am in a huge shift in my life….i am all about selling stuff, unloading, unpacking, organizing, and decluttering…all that matters is my family, my sweet precious furbaby, Puff, a tortoiseshell cat i fell in love with…and decluttering. thank god for organizing tools, shelving, an Clorox wipes! LOL

  • With two kids and a husband who is very sentimental about things, I need inspiration to help starting my desire to declutter our house. I will never be a true minimalist, but I have a ways to go to get to the point where I want to be.

  • french reader, I’m fond of decluttering, minimalism, budget … and I’m very happy to read you and I’d like to read Marie Kondo in english to improve mine … ! So, sorry for my english … ^^

  • Having heard SO MUCH about these books everywhere, and having only heard bits and pieces through Youtube / social media, I’d really want to read them cover to cover for myself. Decluttering is a big goal for our family in this coming year, and more motivation the better!

  • I’m part way through the first book. I’m not following the rules of pulling everything out and culling all at once, but I am using it to keep me motivated whenever I have a chance to work on something. I’ve changed my drawers to her folding method, have culled my bookshelves down to single stacking (a big deal for me. They were double stacked and I was contemplating buying a new bookshelf…) It is all a work in progress.

  • I’d love to be the winner of these books. I need the final push for 2016 to be the year I finally decluttering and start living fully. The no shopping ban starts on March 1st. My daughter will be going abroad for her 3rd year of uni. I want to be able to help her with living costs, but more importantly for me, to be able to afford to visit her in both France and Italy. Penny Lxx

  • I am in the process of de-cluttering. It is overwhelming but I am taking great comfort in knowing what peace it will bring when it’s done with! I will have to check those books out :)

  • I come from a long line of hoarders, need I say more? Working on a five year plan to pay debt and relocate, which will require downsizing drastically as shipping would be astronomical for what I own.

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