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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever [Paperback]

Marie Kondo
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3 April 2014

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.

The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard.

The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.

Marie Kondo's method is based on a 'once-cleaned, never-messy-again' approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely read this compelling book.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (3 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0091955106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091955106
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Its strength is its simplicity." (Richard Lloyd Parry The Times)

"All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world ... one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life." (Good Housekeeping)

"Do I love it? If not, chuck it. Marie Kondo promises that by following her KonMari Method I will be a neatnik, forever ... I decide The Life-changing Magic of Tidying will become my bible." (Brigid Moss Red magazine)

"[It is] enough to salute Kondo for her recognition of something quietly profound: that mess is often about unhappiness, and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it." (The Times)

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Live in a clean and clutter-free home forever with the life-changing KonMari Method - now a multi-million copy international bestseller

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good source of inspiration 13 April 2014
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Bought the Kindle version of this book having read and enjoyed extracts from the book in the national press. Decided if I'm to follow her advice then it would be preferable to purchase the electronic version rather than a hard copy that I will at some point have to 'discard'! The book is very readable and I soon read it. The author writes in a style such that inspires you to pick the book back up and read on, which must be quite an accomplishment for what could be considered a tedious subject.
As a lifelong hoarder, I feel the time has come to get my house in order and reduce clutter once and for all (I have previously dabbled here and there, got overwhelmed by the task and given up). Kondo makes some very valid observations and I found myself identifying with traits of her many clients that she mentions along the way. In a nutshell, the crux of her theory is that most of us harbour far too many possessions, far more than we need, therefore we should only keep items that 'bring joy'. Her advice is to discard anything that doesn't bring joy. I agree, however throwing everything into landfill does not sit well with my conscience, so having started to tackle clothes (as she suggests), I have created 'charity shop' and 'clothes bank' piles. To be fair she does not state how we should get rid, she merely says 'discard' (lots!). I was unable to follow her instruction that says gather up everything in a certain category (eg clothes) and place in a pile on the floor and go through item by item deciding what brings you joy. Being a hoarder, there is no space on the floor to do this! I've had to do it by location (drawers, wardrobe etc) which she says not to do but I found her suggestion of asking 'does this bring joy' still worked.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 7 Jun 2014
I read this from cover to cover in less than 24 hours, while away from home so I was itching to put the ideas into practice. I had a tidy handbag as a result!

Firstly, the folding is pure genius. It saves so much space, you can see what you have/need instantly (and I have found myself lovingly stroking the fabric because all lined up they look so pretty!) - I can see how this affects mood, the care of clothes (as you are spending time folding them properly, you can see any pilling, holes,tears, etc) and general organisation. Having got my clothes sorted (which took less than 2 hours) then I cracked on with books and DVD's. So far, so brilliant. I've done one trip to the Charity shop, have another ready to go, items for ebay and can't wait to finish.

I like that it's not prescriptive - Marie just says 'discard'. None of this 'three box' or Softly Softly approach. xI like that there are no navel gazing pap-psychology sections. Do it, do it now and feel better.

I initially had misgivings at the 'does this bring me joy' principle, thinking of joy as happiness, but I realise that Bringing Joy also means fulfilling its purpose. My cheese grater doesn't make me leap with happiness, but having recently used one I don't like, I realise mine is simple, effective, purposeful and does bring 'joy'! My watch, while not pretty, brings me joy. So, I am looking at things anew - and this book is definitely remaining on the 'it brings me joy' pile :-)

Thank you Marie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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So, I'm about to relocate from the UK to the USA and I was in search of a method of tidying and sorting before I leave just so I can pack up in an orderly fashion and not take any crap with me. This book makes sooo much sense. OK I haven't completely actioned it .. yet ..but I will. I just thought I would test the concept and tidy my undies draw and ... amazing .. the sense of utter contentment, peace of mind and satisfaction that comes from opening a drawer and seeing a neat row of knickers sorted in a completely logical colour co-ordinated uniform fashion ... followed by my budget Primark vests all beautifully stacked in a row ... giving them a presence that says more about me and less about guilt purchase Primark cheapies - respect for the people who sweat to make them. What's even more strange is the sudden respect you feel for stuff you have bought with your hard earned cash, and actually the feeling of "less is more" that comes with the act of physically engaging with material things. It does help you get rid of crap, and helps you avoid buying for the sake of it, but be prepared for the sense of OMG how much money have I wasted on stuff that I really have never worn once ...
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tidy home is a tidy mind 9 April 2014
I loved this book. As a self confessed tidying geek I've enjoyed a weekend of sorting, tidying and throwing away following Marie's advice. It is very Japanese, I'm not sure I'll adopt her advice to empty out my handbag every evening and thank each item for the job it's done for me that day! However, her advice to ask yourself if each item gives you 'joy' to have or use has helped me discard a lot of things - especially clothes - without feeling guilty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Actually, the author sounds weird... her whole life seems to have been inspired by tidying [for that read ruthlessly clearing] in the best way she could... even secretly going into the rooms of members of her family and 'tidying' (i.e. sorting and clearing out for them without their permission!) If there is a reference to recycling or arranging reuse, I didn't find it.

But as so often, it is those people who are most extreme who discover new aspects of a subject... I personally think the book by Sheila Chandra is much, much more useful, and is in a British context too. Kondo's obsession, however, has led her to some very radical ideas (not for all, certainly - it seems most Japanese people live in very small spaces and so are prepared to guard them diligently against unnecessary objects - this is a best seller in Japan). Some of her ideas are excellent - in particular, ensuring that you have ALL the items that you own in any given category before you begin to sort and decide which to keep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great read and has been extreemly useful
Do you really need a book on how to tidy?? I thought not! It is a great read and has been extreemly useful. If you are downsizing then it is a must buy - enjoy it.
Published 9 days ago by Marconi777
5.0 out of 5 stars after 12 years of running my house this book helped to know how to do...
I was in a stage in my life that I hated my house, hated my self for the mess that I have become I helped my husband establish his business while running the house and rising our... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, life-changing read.
Am about a third of the way through this tidying process, stalled a bit as life got in the way, but I love it. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Emma
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very happy with the book !
Published 29 days ago by Lorraine
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read. I feel the method of storing ...
An enjoyable read. I feel the method of storing t-shirts / jumpers etc. has been so beneficial, I have used the same idea with lots of items. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gus
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading this
Enjoyed reading this. Put some suggestions into use. A pick up and read a bit more or retread book. Enjoyed the tone of the writing.
Published 1 month ago by Milly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should have this book!
Published 1 month ago by John HR Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Given the hype I was very disappointed. The language was trite and...
There were few real novelties in this book. Given the hype I was very disappointed. The language was trite and self satisfied, a large portion of the book was given up to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Caston
4.0 out of 5 stars A few very useful points
A few very useful points
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