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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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 ›
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?!Read more ›
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My best buy this year. The book is excellent and I could not wait to put its advice into action. It really works and is very likely to change your life for the better.Published 7 hours ago by Amazon Customer
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Oh how I love this book! I have had a hoarding problem my whole life which had affected my relationships with family, friends and my partner. Read morePublished 1 day ago by book_princess
This book has given me a clear head to approach the task of clearing the clutter in my home. Lots of sensible ideas with respect to things which are being kept "in case they're... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ailblantyre
Having tried many different approaches to tidying and organisation in the past I was recommended this book repeatedly by friends
It's a quick read and certainly thought... Read more
Quite disappointed with the content of this book.Having been recommend by a friend I was looking forward to reading it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I found a lot of advice in the book very helpful. Four months after finishing this book, my chest of drawers is still tidy. It reads well and is very upbeating.Published 4 days ago by Vera