- 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 (1,621 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31 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)
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Top Customer Reviews
It really inspires you to get rid of your excess and clear the clutter once and for all. It gets quite addictive once you start and it carries on through everything in your life. I managed to throw away things that I had been holding onto for years and all my house now is neatly organised Kondo style or I've Konmarried my house like the author 's followers would say.
I always used to tidy and clean before reading this book but somehow another few days and it would be exactly the same, not any more. Best book I have ever had on decluttering and it really has lifted a great weight off my shoulders and allowed me to enjoy my life. I don't mind visitors dropping by unannounced anymore, it's a pleasure. The time I used to spend tiding is now spent cleaning until it shines.
It feels strange to thank your clothes and possessions before parting with them for good but it really works. I can now really clean my house in less than an hour because everything has a place to go. I especially like the way my drawers look and they stay that way like on auto pilot now. It's a pleasure to open the drawer and choose my clothing now. I will never go back to my old ways.
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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.Read more ›
It really is unlike any other decluttering book. Step-by-step, Kondo gently guides you through her own patented (and very simple) 'KonMari' method of tidying and organising. She is not going to make you bin your favourite garish floral leggings or your incredibly comfy winter boots it hasn't quite been cold enough for since 2 years ago, nor your treasured stuffed animal collection. Instead of focusing on strict 'rules' on what to throw away, she focuses more on teaching what possessions genuinely make your life happier instead of dictating what you 'should' be discarding as so many other books do. Halfway through reading the book at 3am I was suddenly compelled to pull everything off of my overcrowded bookcase and work my way through it utilising Kondo's advice, resulting in a stack of books and magazines higher than the top of my mattress. I was thoroughly amazed at how much I'd set aside to discard and even more so how happy I was to be getting rid of all of it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You can forget all the other books with all their complicated rules and methods - Marie Kondo shows us the intuitive approach to de-cluttering and is, in her unaffected and direct... Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Leanne Martel
You can summarise this book by simply saying three things; discard what doesn't inspire joy, surround yourself with only things you love and every item in the home should be stored... Read morePublished 1 day ago by red0209
This book has some great observations and practical , ordered ways of de cluttering not just your home, but your life.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book and couldn't wait to get started on tidying. Halfway through the konmari method and the home feels fresher already.Published 2 days ago by Sue
This book has given a whole new meaning to tidying up. I literally threw away so much unwanted stuff as a result of reading this book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Chantalle Coombes
Rather repeitive and "new age flaky" in places; different from the "how to" books on decluttering, as it focuses on why we end up accumulkating stuff we neither use... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Maggie G
This has changed my home life completely. I can see all my clothes at s glance. My kitchen is in order. My family think I now have OCD! I don't care. Read morePublished 5 days ago by M. Lua Leggett