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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever Paperback – 3 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091955106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091955106
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (971 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9 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)

"The tidiness regimen prescribed by Japanese author Marie Kondo is a great idea. It’s so great that maybe we need to expand its reach" (Guardian)

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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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This is a very short read - and the Kindle copy could use some illustrations, especially in relation to Kondo's folding method. However these are available elsewhere on the web. Overall, this is a great little book for kick-starting a decluttering process. I think her methods probably suit single-person households best though - and it's obvious she's often talking about small Japanese living spaces, rather than larger family homes of two or three storeys. It's relatively easy to contain one's own clutter; not so easy to be tidy amongst a family of hoarders! I liked her idea about decluttering by category rather than room. She's absolutely right that most households have lots of the same things dotted around the house. However, gathering items from several different locations (especially if this involves going up and down stairs!) takes an enormous amount of time in an average UK family house, so we've approached our New Year declutter room-by-room and in the process found clothes in 5 locations and batteries in 3! I liked her principles and these do help. Concentrating on keeping only things that spark joy is a good philosophy, although that can need stretching a bit when dealing with utilitarian items. I liked the concept of guilt-removal too. If an item has done its job but has outlived its usefulness - or could be useful to someone else, mentally thanking it for its service helps with the usual guilt trippers about waste and over-consumption. There's a useful section too about how many of us 'gift' items to others, often unsolicited. This passes the burden on to someone else, so in future I'll ask if someone needs old clothes/bed linen, before recycling it to them!Read more ›
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I am the opposite of a tidy person. I have kept all kinds of things for many, many years, for so many reasons. I have developed lengthy emotional attachments to bags of receipts. I have had five wardrobes with threadbare, holey, beloved and long-since non-fitting clothes bursting out of them.

This book was a perfect read for me.

I read the reviews, I was, frankly, scared. Or scornful. I thought, great, this is another one of those books where it tells me I'll feel OHSOGOOD if I get rid of my beloved stuff. This book is going to wind me up the wrong way. It can't possibly help. It won't understand that I need a thousand books in piles on the floor! It's going to mock my My Little Pony collection.

It doesn't. This book is adorable. Genius. It takes you by the hand and wades you through everything you own and just...lifts the weight of all of it, so much so that you realise you haven't noticed just how heavy it's been all these years. Kondo is so kind, so wise, and so very right about things, and with a gloriously Japanese edge of anthropomorphism, coupled with a slice of do-as-you-would-be-done-by that I found so incredibly helpful.

By the time I was halfway through the read, I had reorganised my wardrobe exactly as Kondo recommends. It's been three weeks and everything is just as I put it that day. It's easy to get dressed. It's stupidly easy to put things away. There are no heaps of clothes on any floor or shelf. This has never happened to me, not even since childhood. This is something I'm sticking with forever.

When I'd finished the book, I was flying through drawers and boxes of unmentionable rubbish, able to really, clearly, easily see what I wanted - truly wanted - and what I didn't. I'm so completely thrilled to have discovered this book.
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Believe the hype on this one and go for it! She's slightly bonkers but not far wrong, there's something magical at play here!
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I'm not a fan of self help books, but this one got me off the settee and the next thing I new I was on my way to the charity shop with bags and bags of donations
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This book has significantly changed the quality of my life over the last few months. I have carried out the advice to sort through the items in the order that Marie advises rather than by room and to store items by category. The combined effects have produced some stunning results - some much loved items are stored in memory boxes which I am proud to keep (rather than feeling guilty they are cluttering up space), quite a few defunct and duplicate items were taken to the dump and some toys were given away to a friend's children. The last remaining room - the "garage of doom" was cleared yesterday. I have re-sorted all the clothing in the house so the items in drawers are small rectangles sorted by colour! The husband and daughter hate this - I ignored Marie's sage advice to focus solely on one's own space! I couldn't stop once I started!! All my books and DVDs are sorted by colour giving a harmonious look to surroundings. The cupboard under the sink has a new shelf with all the cleaning bottles hanging on a rod in the same direction. I am even sleeping better at night. There is still a lot of work to do in terms of finding permanent places to store items as Marie advocates - the rest of the family cannot yet see the entire benefit in this approach - but for the first time in over ten years the husband was able to locate the tape measure in the same place he'd left it yesterday (hanging in a small pocket organiser I set up near the garage). If I ever met Marie I would give her a huge hug - she has a skill and it was good of her to share her knowledge.
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