6 Reasons Why You Should Read Marie Kondo's Book and Not Just Watch the Show
6 reasons why you should read the book before you tidy up with Marie Kondo.  Mommy Standard Time
Tidying up with Marie Kondo?  Why you should read the book (even if you watched the show)

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After the first of the year, I wasn’t shocked to see the many pictures on Facebook of my friends’ decluttering efforts (#newyearsresolutions), but I WAS a little bit puzzled as to why so many of them were using Marie Kondo’s KonMari method all of a sudden.

You see….for the past six months or so, I have been completely disconnected from what’s going on in the world of media. I’ve even fallen behind on This is Us! <<gasp>>

The curiosity finally got the best of me and I searched online to see what was going on. I quickly found that Netflix had released a new series called “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

Since I had read Marie Kondo’s book and applied the KonMari method to my own life as one of my goals in 2018, I was excited to watch the show. As I expected, the show was entertaining but it was NOT as helpful as the book.

Now that I have watched the series, I can confidently say that you should still read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Upespecially if watching the series got you all excited about sparking joy in your own home. Here are the reasons why:


I must admit that seeing Marie Kondo in action after reading her book was a blast! It’s kind of like the excitement you get when you hear who is playing your favorite character in the film adaptation of a really good book.

Her calm spirit and demeanor were exactly what I would have expected. This experience was even more fun because I had read so many details about her in the book. There are many things that she shares about herself in the book that you don’t hear in the series.

For example, she looks super cute in her outfits when she visits the homes of her clients, but did you know that her wardrobe wasn’t just for the show? In her book, Marie gives the reasoning behind why she dresses the way she does when she tidies.

The book also goes into more detail about Marie’s background and what brought her to where she is today. Reading about her childhood definitely put the rest of her method into better context for me.


Part of what I found frustrating about the series was how the KonMari method was never fully presented in an episode. Obviously, sprinkling the tips throughout the episodes kept us watching, but it made for a less-comprehensive look at the KonMari method.

Drawers after using Marie Kondo's KonMari method.

The book, as you would expect, walks you through each step of the tidying process (yes, including her method for folding clothes). I love how she set up her book for each category, giving important decluttering tips and storage ideas for each step of the process.

If you’re a Point A-to-Point B-to-Point C thinker, you will be MUCH happier with the book.


Since the tips were sprinkled over the course of many episodes, it is very likely that I might have missed some of the details that were shared in the series. (“Squirrel!”) However, I feel pretty confident in saying that several of my favorite details from the KonMari method weren’t shown in the series.

Closet After Using Marie Kondo's KonMari Method - Mommy Standard Time Blog
Check out this post to see the “before” of my closet and dresser. One word: Yikes!

One such detail is how to arrange your hanging clothes in your closet, placing the longer items to the left and gradually shortening as you go to the right. This method of organization is presented in the book as a way to increase joy when you look at your closet. Since decluttering my closet, I have definitely loved having it organized this way.

There are many more nitty-gritty details of the KonMari method that they just didn’t have time to share in the series. Reading the book will give you a more detailed picture of the Marie Kondo’s method for decluttering.


There were some fun details presented in the Netflix series that I had forgotten from when I read the book, but the book definitely has even more great things to consider when decluttering your house.

One such pearl of wisdom is Marie’s thought on where you store things. How often do you have a little pile of items placed somewhere near where you use it? (In the book, Marie used a man’s many stacks of books/magazines in different places of the house.)

Marie says that clutter is the result of not putting things away, so why aren’t we storing things so that they are easier to put away, rather than storing/piling things so that they are easier to pull out?

Chew on that for a second.

Even if you disagree with that particular tidbit, the book is FULL of food for thought. You know those books where you have to close it for a few minutes so you can tell someone about the paragraph you just read?

This was one of those books for me.


I’m not saying that ONLY watching the show will prevent you from having personal “aha” moments. You can definitely find ways to take what Marie Kondo is telling the families and apply it to your own life.


The book is written to YOU and only you, the reader. The tone of the book is so personable that it really lends itself well to more personal lightbulb moments.

lightbulb moment from Marie Kondo's Konmari method

One of my “aha” moments from the book was when Marie was talking about how to handle the guilt of discarding something that you found on clearance. Even though I didn’t end up using many of the things that I snatched up from great sales, I would feel so guilty about the possibility of discarding these basically-brand-new items that I would just hold on to them.

Marie’s explanation of this idea in the book felt like she was speaking right to me, as a friend. I’m not sure I would have had the exact same lightbulb moment by solely watching her talk to clients on the show. As a result, I was able to thank many previous “great deals” and send them on their way to new owners.

Another lightbulb moment for me came when I was reading the portion of the book that talked about not forcing your discards on family members in order to avoid dealing with your feelings about an item. That was one of my favorite parts of the book! As a person who often finds herself on BOTH sides of this scenario, I really needed to hear what Marie Kondo had to say about it.

Reading the book will give you a better opportunity to process Marie’s method and how it applies directly to you. Give it a try!


The last reason that you should read (and keep) Marie Kondo’s book is that it is easy to pick it up for a quick refresher on any given category. You don’t have to scroll through Netflix to find just the right point of a particular episode to see what Marie said about X,Y, or Z. You can just thumb through her well-organized book and find the tip you’re looking for.

But even Marie Kondo says that if you read her book and it no longer sparks joy, you have her blessing to thank it and give it away.

I feel pretty confident, though, that you will find many more helpful tips in her book and will reach for it more than once to refresh your memory as you tidy your house.

Have you read the book?  What did you think when comparing it to the series?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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