- 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: 2,089 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever Paperback – 3 Apr 2014
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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)
About the Author
MARIE KONDO started reading housewives’ magazines from the age of five and loved the order and beauty of the well-organised spaces she saw in them. Then, from the age of 15 she started studying tidying seriously. She started with her own bedroom and then moved onto her siblings’. Today she runs a highly successful business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of beauty, peace and inspiration.
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I read the book in two hours and started the next day. Although it goes completely against how one usually "declutters", I have followed the process religiously.
I would never have believed I had so much unnecessary stuff and I have got rid of bags and bags of stuff. The local charity shops have never seen so.much of me!
The paperwork section was exhausting. I shredded 30 years worth of paperwork! I always used to think that I might need it! I now realise, I didn't.
It's been weeks and weeks of hard work but very rewarding.
I am on the miscellaneous section (komono) and it's taking a long time.
It takes a while to get your head around the concept, but it has worked so far. My family think I'm a bit nuts and I don't DARE start folding my teen lad's socks up, but they humour me to sort my own stuff out.
Is it Life Changing? I'm not sure, but my house is tidier and my head is clearer and the things I have kept DO give me joy. So if you are open minded and ready for a new approach, buy this book.
There are YouTube videos giving you a clear idea of folding etc, as the book itself doesn't have pictures. Your wardrobe and drawers do look lovely afterwards :-)
If you have too much necessary stuff in too small a space, discarding won't help, clever storage can alleviate some problems.
The Konmari method doesn't sit well with Reduce, reuse, recycle; it seems to be more orientated around affluent consumerism. Many people have very few things that spark joy - it's less fun to say 'keep what you must even if you don't like it'.
If you don't live alone, in a city, in a home you are entirely happy with; it will be much harder to apply these ideas.
There is much more to be said about tidying, about the ergonomics of a home and cleaning, this book touches on such things but mainly takes a narrow view of simply dealing with hoarding and clutter.
For all its shortcomings, and short sentences (presumably a very faithful translation), it's a good enough book with a few interesting ideas.
For that reason it's a book I will keep, as it will periodically "spark joy" when I flick through it and remember where I've gone wrong once more.
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