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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

By Marie Kondo

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Format: Hardcover, 213 pages
Published In: United States, 01 October 2014
This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo's clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home--and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

About the Author

Marie "KonMari" Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. With a three-month waiting list, her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has become an international phenomenon. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK, with more than two million copies sold worldwide, and has been turned into a television drama for Japanese TV. She has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, featured on more than thirty major Japanese television and radio programs, and profiled in the Sunday Times, Red magazine, You magazine, the New York Times, USA Today, NPR's Here & Now, Slate, Family Circle, and the London Times, who has deemed her "Japan's preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter."

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#1 New York Times Best SellerAmazon's Best Book of 2014 in Crafts, Home & Garden "Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic." -- The New York Times ." . . a literal how-to-heave-ho, and I recommend it for anyone who struggles with the material excess of living in a privileged society. (Thanks to Ms. Kondo, I kiss my old socks goodbye.) ... To show you how serious my respect for Ms. Kondo is: if I ever get a tattoo, it will say, Spark Joy!" -- Jamie Lee Curtis, TIME "This book is a cult. A totally reasonable, scary cult that works, doesn't kill people (a bonus), but does drastically change your life. In this case -- for the better." -- Buzzfeed "The most organized woman in the world." -- PureWow ." . . the Japanese expert's ode to decluttering is simple and easy to follow." -- Vogue.com

." . . her voice . . . is by turns stern and enchanted, like a fairy godmother for socks." -- The Wall Street Journal "Reading it, you glimpse a glittering mental freedom from the unread/uncrafted/unworn, buyer's remorse, the nervous eyeing of real estate listings. Life's overwhelm, conquered." -- The Atlantic

"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 (UK) "How could this pocket-sized book, which has already sold over 2 million copies and sits firmly atop the New York Times Best Seller list, make such a big promise? Here's the short answer: Because it's legit. . . . Kondo's method really can change your life -- if you let it." -- TODAY.com "Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?" -- USA Today ." . . a brief and bracing practical guide to tidying up your home." -- Financial Times "[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 . . . Its strength is its simplicity." -- The London Times

EAN: 9781607747307
ISBN: 1607747308
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Dimensions: 18.03 x 13.21 x 2.54 centimetres (0.27 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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5 of 5 Stars! '

My mother was a hoarder - not serious just 5 wardrobes of clothes and mountains of craft etc. Me & my siblings promised not to be like mum, but before you know it, the house seems to have far too much in it for me & my husband. Didn't think I would need a book like this - bit the bullet and bought it.
Not sorry, it helps sort the wood from the trees and makes the decisions to part with stuff easier.

Sandra

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5 of 5 Stars! '

Love this book and the concepts described within. Practical step by step instructions mean it is impossible not to be able to follow her decluttering plan. I really felt better after reading this book. Recommend this to anyone trying to get their life in order

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5 of 5 Stars! '

This is the BEST book on the subject I have ever read (& I've been trying to declutter for years). It really resonates with me as I feel emotional ties to every card, gift or item that lives under my roof! Crazy thinking that Marie Kondo shows you how to deal with — & with sound justification!

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Hi, As a serious hoarder I was looking for a sure thing way to clean away a lifetime of keeping things especially books. The book was interesting and certainly humorous. I don't know whether it was written 'tongue in cheek' or a serious book. If this was the case it was certainly a very expensive way of getting rid of things. However in a small way I certainly did clear away quite a few things, mainly I think because age is catching up with me and I don't want my children to have to do the dastardly deed and get rid of things and ask each other why on earth I had kept these things. I enjoyed reading this book so it certainly accomplished something and gave me a few ideas and caused me to get rid of somethings. Maureen

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5 of 5 Stars! '

I read the book and its changed my life, I cant say any book has ever changed me life quite as much as this one. I think perhaps I read it at the right time of my life when all the stuff in my house was weighing me down, when my house burning down with all my stuff almost seemed like a great solution! LOL. Anyhow, my house is not only more minimal and tidier but so am I as a person, this book has made me more of who I really am. Letting go of a lot of what other people said I 'should' keep equated to my psyche as all things that others said I should be, I have uncovered myself in all this decluttering! I get excited tidying now, which I use to resist like anything as it overwhelmed and exhausted me, how it revitalizes me. One thing to mention though that I reckon should perhaps be in the book is that be sure not to go out and just buy everything that brings you joy after you have decluttered, the things is - I haven't found this to be a problem...yet anyhow because I am so happy with being more minimal and loving what I already have that I am very particular now about any purchases of clothes or household items, the thing is...I realise too the responsibility it is to own stuff, to move it around, maintain it and insure it, the cost to the planet, myself, environment, land fill etc. I like living with less and by no means is it not a comfy homy home now being minimal, which in comparison to what it use to be is minimal despite still having plenty of stuff but it is fresh, inviting and alive now with stuff that would be me if I were stuff lol! and in places where it can be found, used and appreciated. Yipppeeee....life changing!

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4 of 5 Stars! '

Easy read. Loved it. Definitely a "life-changer". So many brilliant applicable concepts to get on with. Practical - makes sense and gives direction and clarity quite quickly. Quirky in places, but overall extremely strategic. Probably more helpful and palatable for those who already have an inclination and drive to be organised. Could seem a bit daunting to those in complete chaos, or not quite ready for great change, but would definitely kick-start any person facing the challenges of "too much stuff", or struggling with ongoing mental obstacles to having a peaceful, functioning sanctuary to call home.

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5 of 5 Stars! '

Excellent read! The best book on de-cluttering and getting organised that I have ever read and it all makes so much sense.

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5 of 5 Stars! '

A most interesting and entertaining book---I recommend it to everyone !

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Loved the book

 

5 of 5 Stars! '

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have used many of the ideas to declutter my house.

 
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