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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2015
Invest in Marie Kondo's book for a lifelong lifetime change. It's not rocket science or even science rocket but it gives the reader a wake up call like no other! This book has changed my life and the way I look at my "treasured" possessions forever!

I wasn't a clutterbug or secret hoarder but my home was BURSTING at the seams because my hectic lifestyle didn't allow me the time to tackle this 'menial' task. There's always time, right? Wrong! Whenever I wanted to make a start on tidying, the enormity of the task overwhelmed me and I put it off "till later". Later NEVER came....EVER...until I happened upon this book by chance!

Breaking it down into categories was the best approach for me and, before I knew it, my home started to look and feel lighter! Having experienced it, I can confirm the effect of this tidying programme has on the human body (read the book to understand the thread here).

In a nutshell, this book is super. My only criticism would be that I'd need some diagrams to show me how to best fold - would have saved me time viewing on YouTube! But, hey ho, minor detail!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2014
This book is wonderful. After years of reading decluttering books, but never really feeling like I'd succeeded, this book has made a huge difference on our home and the way I feel about tidying. I wish the author ran online courses - I would sign up immediately!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2014
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 this is a great book. Storing folded clothes on their side rather than on top of each other and getting rid of things which don't bring joy are the 2 stand outs for me. Thoroughly recommend this book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2014
This book has some great ideas which I've put into practice and do actually save space and make throwing out old stuff easier. A bit repetitive at times but maybe that's to push home the message that most of us surround ourselves with far too much stuff. A great read for someone like me who was surrounded by unwanted and unneeded items!
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2014
Firstly, if you're wondering whether to buy this book - BUY IT - let's get that out in the open right at the beginning! I bought it and read it within 48 hours and I've been to the tip twice since then (2 days ago). If ever there was a persuasive argument to make you de-clutter, this is it. I love that Marie Kondo is not afraid to admit that she spent her entire childhood tidying up - quite funny, but as an adult I reckon I've done the same! I must have spent years of time and money shuffling my belongings around the house, each time thinking I've got the perfect storage solution. After reading this book, I subjected each and every item to the "does it bring me joy" test and boy, what a shocker. The answer so far is 80% NO! Which means I've wasted all this time on stuff I don't even like!

After Marie goes through the actual de-cluttering process, the rest of the book is a fascinating summary of what happens next, which is where the life-changing bit comes in. Sounds a bit far fetched, but for me, just at the beginning of the process, I definitely feel like a burden is lifting. I feel I can breathe again - the rooms have space to breathe too and I am surrounded only by things that bring me joy! No more crap!!

It's all a bit of a revelation really - and definitely a journey worth taking. My mind is already beginning to buzz with ideas about what I can now do with my time ... instead of spending it tidying up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2015
I bought this books after I saw a review in the New York Times. I am a person that needs to move places every 3-5 years because of working reasons and one of my regular struggles is to keep things in small quantities to avoid a difficult/more voluminous/more expensive sometimes-international moving operation.
The FCMOT is a very nice book that settles a few basic principles to get rid of clutter. From my experience, the application of Marie Kondo's principles help a lot to reduce the amount of stuff that you might have around the place. It was hard, because the main reason I had "clutter" around is because I am the kind of person associating memories to things, and getting rid of them seemed dangerous because I feared that I would "lose" those memories. Nevertheless, I was capable to reduce the space in my wardrobe to one third, my bookshelves to a half, my decorative items to a fourth, and free the space under beds and in top of furniture pieces. So, it works: my space looks clutter-free, and potentially my living-room has gained in space and luminosity. HOWEVER, success in this sense has been temporal, basically because my sentimental partner, unconsciously, has interpreted that more space in the house just allows him to spread more of his stuff around. Now we are having lively discussions about this, and I don't expect to win here.
So, it works, but it's harder to see results if you have to share spaces or you are not the one controlling the household. Also, the last chapters reflect a very Japanese, spiritual philosophy, which I had problems relating to.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2015
TRULY Life-changing!

First read it! Ignore the 'woo' bits, if they irritate you. Then, DO it!

A lot of reviewers have completely missed the points. We should only have things in our home that bring us JOY. Yes, I know the vacuum cleaner, washing machine and lawn-mower may not bring joy, directly, but their use brings the joy of a clean home, clean clothes and bedlinen and a neat lawn! Being surrounded by things we love makes us happy.

Actually putting MK's method into practice, trains us to THINK! This becomes a habit as we de-clutter and begins to carry over into other parts of our lives that also may need 'de-cluttering', such as work, relationships, how we shop, etc.

Some bits in the book may seem weird, but thanking items for what they have meant to us, out loud, or silently, gives us permission, psychologically, to 'let things go'. Try it: it works! It also teaches us to appreciate the things that make us happy, which we usually take for granted.

What impressed me, when I read the book, was the positive, non-judgmental approach to discarding Stuff. Having read a library of de-cluttering self-help books, all of which make readers feel guilty for their inadequacy and state of their homes, these were the first things that I re-homed, to a charity shop! This book does not fill us with guilt: it empowers us, whether our homes are cluttered or hoarded!

Starting this method, brings joy from Day One, and it puts us in touch again with how tranquility and genuine happiness used to feel.

After reading the book 6 months ago, it is still changing my home, as it has my life, and ME! It has had a similar revolutionary influence on me and my thinking as Germaine Greer's Female Eunuch did in the 1970s!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2015
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2014
Save yourself the time of reading this review or any other, and just BUY THIS BOOK.
Trust me.

I have read lots of books and articles about tidying or decluttering, and have even taken two courses on it.
I know, I'm crazy.
But I was also sick to death of spending every other weekend tidying for hours on end. Hell, there's only two of us in a two bedroomed house, although it's quite a spacious one, but I couldn't work out how we were generating so much clutter.

I devoured this book in less than a day. I just couldn't put it down. Her methods seemed like more effort, but it worked. Pure and simple. This is the first time I have ever felt in control over my home and it's tidiness.

My only critique, and perhaps something that should have been covered as an appendix - what do you do when you reach things which you know you don't want, but can't afford to replace. For example, I can't throw away my sofa even though I hate it - not could I throw out all my workout gear because I can't afford to replace it all in one go. How do you apply the method to furniture?
You need to create what I call an 'upgrade plan' - make a list of all the things you know you want to throw away but can't yet, and make a conscious effort to upgrade them as soon as you can afford to do so. My current upgrade list includes my sofa, my fridge and all my saucepans. When I've finished replacing them with something I really love - I'll reevaluate and upgrade anything else that doesn't meet the standard, as set out in this book: "Does it bring you joy?"
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book, came across it at exactly the right time when I was in need of more than a spring clean [and so was my house!]
It motivated me to get rid of decades of clutter and I re read it once I finished it to keep me motivated, I am still de cluttering today and wont finish probably for another month or so but the results are life changing!
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