Japan author’s decluttering book tops U.S. best-seller list


The English version of a Japanese book on how to declutter rooms topped U.S. newspaper USA Today’s weekly best-seller list on Thursday.

“It took 60 weeks, but Japan’s Marie Kondo is finally queen of USA Today’s Best Selling Books list,” the major U.S. daily said.

The decluttering book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” was first published in Japan in December 2010 and its English edition hit U.S. shelves in October 2014.

More than 1.6 million copies have since been sold in the United States, and the book has been translated in more than 30 countries.

Along with Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Kondo, who calls herself an “organizing consultant,” was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in April last year.

Her new book, “Spark Joy,” launched this month, also made the USA Today list, coming in third place.

  • David Allgayer

    Well, well, my impression was always that Japanese houses are extremely cluttered and that a lit of them seem to have trouble getting rid of old junk (no surprise, considering how much of a hassle taking care of sodai gomi is and that most Japanese seem to dislike second hand items).
    Maybe US are even more cluttered though? Or maybe she just picked a clever title? Things always seem to go at a premium if they are from Japan…