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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 (375 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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195 of 198 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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12 of 12 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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mrs London on 6 Mar. 2015
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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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194 of 205 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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