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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,185 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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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good source of inspiration 13 April 2014
By S.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 7 Jun 2014
By ZCC
Format:Paperback
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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tidy home is a tidy mind 9 April 2014
Format:Paperback
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but does seem to work! 7 July 2014
By Paloma
Format:Paperback
I found Ms Kondo's writing style and suggestions quite different to the mainly American decluttering books I have been reading recently but maybe because her methods are different and therefore fresh to my eyes they seemed to strike a chord. All fired up I started, as she suggests, with clothing and, this Saturday, sweating and breathless after going up and down the stairs about 10 times to ensure every garment I owned spread around the house was in one place prior to the clear out, and having emptied my entire wardrobe on the bed to boot, I looked at the huge mountain of clothes/mess I had made in my cluttered bedroom with pride. A couple of hours later not having touched said pile I was starting to feel a bit concerned. Family members went past giving me pitying looks and offers of boxes to put everything in so I would have a bed to sleep in later. I procrastinated a few more hours, even curling up on the end of the bed in the one clear space to have a snooze and build up to it ; ) but by mid afternoon I knew I had to start and that was when the strange thing happened. Actually looking at the clothes in a different space and picking up each one and holding them in my hands as Ms Kondo suggests, I was able to distinguish possibly for the first time between what I wanted to keep and what could go without any of the normal guilt/uncertainty. The next hour flew by and I ended up with seven bin bags of excess clothing which I took down to the local Salvation Army collection point (Ms Kondo doesn't mention what you do with discarded clothing and so some people seem to assume that means it goes in the rubbish, but I would think most would just donate good clothing to charity rather than the bin). I then looked at the remaining small pile and started to put it away and it was bizarre. Read more ›
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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 day 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 7 days ago by Milly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should have this book!
Published 22 days 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 22 days ago by V. Caston
4.0 out of 5 stars A few very useful points
A few very useful points
Published 23 days ago by D. I. Lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Inspiring
Published 24 days ago by Anton Grossmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Tidy once and for all - hearts, mind and practial stuff that works
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debby Clement
3.0 out of 5 stars There were some good ideas but it was all a bit over the ...
The author came over as obsessive. There were some good ideas but it was all a bit over the top for me.
Published 1 month ago by fast reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting
Published 1 month ago by Pat Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing
This book is life changing. I have read it twice and it has made such a difference. 9 bags to the charity and 3 trips to the tip. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C Andrews
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