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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 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,387 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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By ZCC on 7 Jun 2014
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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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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By S. on 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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By BrenBoardman on 20 April 2014
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A different perspective on why we keep so much stuff we no longer need or cherish.
Very easy to read and some deep insights.
Wish it was longer, now I have to do the actual tidying!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Debby Clement on 22 Aug 2014
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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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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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