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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Hardcover – Oct 14 2014

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Oct. 14 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607747308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607747307
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 300 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.”

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Very interesting philosophy but I would say it's targeted at people who have lots of money. Keep only what you love and brings you joy and get rid of absolutely everything else. It doesn't fit with my budget conscious shopping practice of buying things I like and are practical because the price is reasonable. She has some interesting suggestions for folding and storing clothes which you can watch on YouTube. If however you are truly ready to do a big purge of every room in your home then this book could be really helpful. If you have way too much stuff it could also be very helpful.
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BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! I would recommend this to anyone who collects things, hoards things, shops too much. Anyone who wants to declutter their life, their mind, wants a new, fresh start. I love self help books. This one will change everything about you. It will change the way you think, the way you go about your everyday life. It will make you think twice before buying something new. I don't keep a lot of books or re read a lot of books.. This one I will keep forever and have already read twice! I have already lent it to my mom and sister and their lives have been changed forever.
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I have to say, despite the reviews, I was a wee bit skeptical. I have ADHD and feared that I would probably abandon the project halfway through. Well, I am happy to say that about 3 weeks after purchasing the book, I've already moved through the first three categories (clothing, books and papers) and I am about halfway through the Komono category. Her system is quite simple if you think about it, it's silly we can't seem to figure it out before! haha Yes, some of her quotes are a bit on the woo woo side, but by thanking your stuff before tossing it out, it is easier to think rationally as to why it should go(at least for me it was). She is definitely a bit quirky, but so charming. The book is an easy read and you can get to tidying right away! Not sure if the change will stick, but my closet and drawers are looking fabulous so far!
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The "KonMarie Method," as Marie Kondo calls it, encourages a rapid (6 months max), methodical, dramatic and, above all, loving organizing extravaganza. Indeed, the slim, illustration-free "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" teaches readers to connect with belongings that evoke happiness and to bid farewell to everything else.

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."
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Loved the book! There are a few parts that are a little strange - like thanking your belongings before donating them. I think you have to think about it emotionally - we have a hard time giving things away because we're attached to our belongings. Thanking things before donating them gives us closure and makes us feel better about giving the items away.
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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I'm studying abroad and my room is small. Things started piling up and I have trouble getting rid of the things I like. This book helped me to see through it and I can easily tidy and get rid of stuffs now. During earlier days, my room will always become messy again no matter how many times I organize and tidy them. It's all because I cannot decide which item to keep because there are things that I "might need" some day in the future. I usually don't need them in the future and it just takes up my space. Her book helped me see through it and my room now feels spacious and refreshing as ever. I only keep things that will "spark joy' now and dispose those that I don't need.
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Good read, inspirational actually! I sent 8 perfectly good suits off to a charity, along with a few miscellaneous pieces. It was a beginning. I am, however, looking forward to the next book due inJanuary 2016, which has pictures. PS will someone tell the editor that when speaking about writing paper it is 'stationery' not stationary? Fortunately, or unfortunately, I tend to proofread everything and I am wondering if someone was relying on 'spellcheck' when they edited this book.
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