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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever Paperback – 3 Apr 2014

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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 (1,379 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21 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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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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Well! What can I say?!

I'm a sceptic by nature and someone who was just a heartbeat away from being named and shamed on one of those 'Hoarders' documentaries.
I really wasn't expecting much from this little book.
I read it, thought it was a little pretentious in places and shoved it in a cupboard.
I thought nothing more about it and then one day, completely out of the blue, I found myself inadvertently vertically stacking my clothes!
It's just snowballed from there on!
I actually feel possessed by some kind of spirit of De-Cluttering...if there is such a thing!
Whatever it is...there's definitely some kind of magic afoot!
But I digress.

As a lifetime hoarder with a propensity to be unbelievably untidy and disorganised, this book has literally transformed and changed my life beyond recognition.
My family and friends are still in a state of shock & disbelief!
I am under no illusions as to how long the whole metamorphosis will take but I know I can and will achieve it.
It's also very weird that I have no compulsion or desire, to ever go back to where I've come from.
The charity shops runs are too numerous to mention. I've not even been tempted to go through the bags again, "just in case".
I can't believe how ruthless, decisive and emotionally detached from 'stuff' I've actually become. I also can't believe that I now enjoy and want to be tidy?!
I'm only keeping things that I absolutely love, everything has gone or is going.

I found I didn't even like a lot of my clothes enough to even fold and vertically stack them! If they made it into a drawer, and were next to something I really loved they were immediately taken out and designated for the charity shop.
It was just so easy to let go?!
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Delightfully insane. I can't believe I felt compelled to give it five stars. Yet there it is. All my things are folded upright and if yours aren't, then I'm coming for them.
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I absolutely loved this book, and was so sorry when I finished it, I'm about to buy 'Spark Joy' as well. After I'd read to about a 1/4 through, I felt compelled to go and start on my socks, after deciding they would be fairly neutral items of clothing to start with. She rightly attributes too much 'stuff' to emotional issues such as wanting to cling to the past or being fearful of the future, which really resonated with me. To my astonishment desocking and rearranging was not only painless, but even enjoyable using her method. From having all my winter wooly and walking socks, in a hand-luggage size wheelie bag, and all the other socks in the drawer in the wardrobe, I have now got ALL my socks in the drawer, partly because many have now gone,and partly because her vertical storing system is amazingly efficient! My daughter calls me a hoarder, though having seen hoarding programmes on TV I would disagree, I can walk across all my floors unencumbered by 'stuff' at floor level, and I can/do put things away, but my furniture and cupboards are filled to the brim, and I do know I have far too much stuff, often 'just in case I'll need it later' or because it was 'such a bargain' or because it came from someone I cared about. Using her suggestions I now realise I can gracefully release these items, and although some reviewers have found her thanking the possessions and the house for what they've done a bit too much for them, I very unexpectedly found myself crying while thanking my house for what it's done for us. De-cluttering is not really about making space in your home, it's about balancing your life again and coming to terms with what has happened in the past, which is why purely practical suggestions have never worked for me. I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you have more stuff than you are happy with but just don't know where to start to change your situation.
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