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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 (447 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30 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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263 of 267 people found the following review helpful By A Shaw on 15 Jun. 2014
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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ms R Pearson on 24 May 2015
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This is an amazing book. The method seems simple (get rid of all your rubbish) but reading the book made it all very clear to me - and easy to follow through with, unlike many similar books. I heard about the book a week ago in the evening, got it on my kindle right then and finished reading it the next morning. Since then I've been finding bags and bags upon bags of things to donate, recycle and bin - even things I thought I could never get rid of, like books I once enjoyed. I told my grandma about it and helped her start clearing her house too. I'm buying a copy for her and for some other people I think could use it. Hanging onto all this rubbish "just in case" was making me nervous. And hanging onto it "because it was a gift" or "because it's still good" was making me miserable. For the first time in my life a tidy home seems like a genuine possibility. It's a wonderful feeling and it's seriously changing my life.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shell Squires on 29 Mar. 2015
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As someone who worries about too much clutter, this was perfect for me! I'm horrified by what I see on TV shows about hoarders & frightened about ending up that way, but still seem to be overwhelmed by owning so much mess & junk that never diminishes, just gets shifted from one room to another.

Easily readable in a few hours, this book quickly rationalised a few things & helped me get over a few issues about holding on to unwanted junk (guilty feelings about being wasteful or worrying about falling on hard times & coming to want something I'd discarded). But, do I want to be poring over old cards or letters in my old age? Um, no. Do I want to pay more for moving all the crap to another house if we move? Definitely no! Why do I have three potato peelers? Who knows?!

Some of the exercises are a bit bonkers (talking to your clothes & house) but charming and there is some logic to respecting and taking care of, but not worshipping, what you own.

The key messages I found useful were identifying (properly) what you want to achieve (this motivates you) and the criteria to make the decision process of choosing what to keep easier.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2015
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This is a very quirky and charming book about the benefits of tidying. According to her photos the author is a pretty young Japanese woman, which is quite a relief as she writes with such insight and honesty that you worry she might be some demented loon.

The author has spent a lifetime devoted to tidying, something which she clearly loves. She has arrived at a number of hard conclusions, for example most clever storage solutions are a waste of space, and you should sort by category of item, rather than room. She also works with endless clients, so she is quite sanguine about a full house detox taking six months. I get the impression that most Japanese people live in houses that are far smaller than what we would be used to in the West which adds an interesting dimension to her observations.

Despite being dedicated to reducing clutter, the author is not vehemently against all possessions, in fact she would encourage you to keep anything that gives you joy. She seems to invest every possession with a personality and purpose, so that she seems genuinely saddened by neglected possessions.

I really enjoyed this book, found a lot of helpful advice in it, and was sorry to finish it. Recommended reading even if you have no interest in tidying.
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