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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 (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039 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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57 of 57 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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tidy home is a tidy mind 9 April 2014
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Read about Marie Kondo in the newspaper and ordered this book right away: it arrived the next day with Amazon Prime! Marie herself would approve: she talks at length about reading books at the moment you get them and they inspire you. And discarding if you don't. And that's the crux of the book- mindfulness and appreciating the moment and applying that to tidy ness.

The book is cute: having seen a photo of the young author I could just imagine her emptying her handbag every night and "thanking" it. It's a real insight into a different cultural approach to our belongings. Although it's very focused on Japanese living- small spaces, a particular kind of cupboard- it's applicable to anyone whatever their space constraint.
I lined the cross between self help and how to.... I'm a woman but she deals with both genders habits well.

At one point I'd wished for photos or a video but I think this would distract from the books essence. I liked that it wasn't a celebrity or based on any tv shows where they makeover people (although I love those shows!)

As others have said, Marie doesn't say what to do with these things eg charity shop or homeless or eBay- although maybe that's not very Japanese? My mother and I followed the book : my mum got impatient that I didn't sort my photos first but focused on everything else, and I got annoyed that she (my mother) didn't want to organise a table-top sale of unwanted items for charity. She dud more sort g whereas I tried discarding. It's not easy though!

But as with everything you take away what you want from the book. The clothes part was excellent. And having a designated spot for everything is really good advice. I loved the way it was written easy font and length and the author's chatty style.

Okay, I'm off to empty my handbag and change into my loungewear. Thank you Marie for inspiring me (although I won't discard your book, I'll lend it out. Is that allowed?!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but does seem to work! 7 July 2014
By Paloma
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars her whole life seems to have been inspired by tidying [for that read...
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... Read more
Published 4 days ago by CarefulandGreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Tidying
This is the first book I have come across that supplies such a practical and sensible approach to decluttering and works for me a treat. No hesitation in recommending.
Published 13 days ago by BTH
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book and it really works
I love this book and it really works. I feel lighter, happier and more optimistic than I have in years. Read more
Published 14 days ago by mesmerist
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Much hyperbole but essentially a lesson in the blinking obvious
Published 14 days ago by Ms E Symonds
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is brilliant and inspiring
This book is brilliant and inspiring. The translation is very good. It opened my eyes to what I need to do, and has a lovely sense of humour about it.Refreshing. Not American. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Impanata
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great advice - need to get others to read it and understand !
Published 15 days ago by M. Rumens
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Fantastic book - simple techniques but very effective. Some of the narrative is quite over the top - thanking a pair of socks for the work they have done today etc but that aside... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Brenda
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights but the method is not suitable for everyone
I have not yet tried de-cluttering using the Kondo method as I feel I am doomed to fail because I don't think I can follow her advice to the letter. Read more
Published 17 days ago by K B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tidy away and enjoy it
Aimed at the Japanese market, but some really good ideas. Easy to read
Published 21 days ago by Mrs ED Phuller
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the brutal and ruthless approach in this book which ...
I like the brutal and ruthless approach in this book which i can see could have far reaching benefits, although i haven't tried it yet. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Piglet
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