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
Amazon'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
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."
I also thought it was great how she explains that you should hold each item - it's shocking how when you hold some things you thought you loved, you actually feel nothing and are ok with donating. Great read for people looking to declutter!
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Even though I was already a "tidyier" by nature, I learned so much from this book. It greatly simplified my life.Published 4 hours ago by M. Louise Ripley
An enjoyable insightful book about the pitfalls of getting rid of stuff. This book recognizes the spiritual dimension of ownership, and gives a spiritual response, that of... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Rachelle Cournoyer
My mom and dad are both VERY reluctant when it comes to throwing older things out. This book changed their lives. I read this first and gave all the clothes I couldn't get rid of. Read morePublished 7 days ago by B. Sun
Fantastic read! I like her philosophy and her techniques seem to be achieving amazing results. I applied some of the principles in the book and believe me it works and feels... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mario, Canada
L'approche et les idées sur les techniques pour mettre de l'ordre et se débarrasser d'objets est totalement unique. Read morePublished 17 days ago by sannet22
Amazing book! Very simple and easy to apply. Changes your overall thinking towards accumulation of things which increases chance of life-long change. I highly recommend!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer