The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Hardcover – Oct 14 2014
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#1 New York Times Best Seller
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"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
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.”See all Product Description
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Instead of de-cluttering room by room, Kondo tackles a household by subject, starting with the easiest: clothes, followed by books, documents, miscellany and, finally, photos and mementos. Focus on what to keep, she advises, instead of on what to toss; decide what constitutes necessities and what truly "sparks joy." As a result, readers will find themselves surrounded by things that provide clarity, not belongings that carry past baggage or anxieties about the future.
After purging unneeded or unloved belongings, Kondo turns to organizing the rest. Store things mostly in drawers, she says, so that you can see everything at a glance. Roll t-shirts and socks like sushi in a bento box. Arrange a shelf or two of bliss-inducing books. File all papers and documents.
Although Kondo's methods border on the extreme, she does highlight the importance of respecting our living spaces. After all, home "is the place where we appreciate all the things that support us. It is where we review and rethink about ourselves."
This book has changed my mindset. My closet is now 10 days clean!( have owned the book for 2 weeks)
I am very proud of myself. Although I didn't follow everything in the book, "yet". Her book is inspiring for me and this past weekend, instead of cleaning, I had extra time! Finding my clothes was easier! Because whatever I chose from the closet, I would enjoy! Weirdly, but I think I have become a bit OCD about folding and enjoy. This is a book for someone who already has a good attitude in life or a bit spiritual. Negative complainers would not enjoy this book.
Like a previous reviewer said, you must be a spiritual person to understand the KonMari method otherwise her ideas may sound too "out there".
It was a very short read because she pretty much went straight to the core of her method. She added personal anecdotes and client stories as examples. There was a nice balance of lessons and anecdotes.
It taught me a lot about how much money and space I have wasted buying/keeping stuff I don't need.
However, if you are going to take her point of view literally and do not feel comfortable with her spiritual approach (e.g. Thanking items for their past usefulness), then perhaps you are better suited for the other more conventional and straight-forward how-to books on organization.
At the core of these de-cluttering and organizational books is: get rid of stuff you don't use/need and don't buy stuff you don't use/need.
So, at the end of the day, I loved this book because it spoke to my personality. I recommend it to people who have a crazy imagination and who don't mind being "one" with their home.
Following the book is a life cleansing process and one that opens up new paths for myself and my things; except now I only live with what I love and less of what I don't need.
Highly recommend the read if you are looking for a path to put your life in order, not just tidy your house.
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I would have given this six stars but it did not have that option! This book has transform the way I look at my environment and things. Read morePublished 14 days ago by LD Vancouver
I've read several books on organizing and I've attended sessions on "hoarding", but this is the only book that works.Published 14 days ago by Lesley Lawrence
Great book. One that might be a real process or life shift as the concepts apply to everything in your life. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Andrea Harvey
To sum the book up, get rid of things that don't bring you joy (except all the things you need for daily life). The stuff for daily life adds up to a lot with children. Read morePublished 20 days ago by annah