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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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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.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Specifications

Series Title
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Publisher
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
224
Author
Marie Kondo
ISBN-13
9781607747307
Publication Date
October, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.26 x 5.21 x 0.87 Inches
ISBN-10
1607747308

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5 stars
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4 stars
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3 stars
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2 stars
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1 star
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Most helpful positive review
17 customers found this helpful
Amazing
Allowing for the fact that it is written by a young Japanese professional who is writing for small Japanese homes and different kinds of storage, the book is still an overwhelmingly fine book for people looking to declutter their stuff. She puts things in a great perspective and makes it easy to discard things that have been hard to part with.
Most helpful negative review
14 customers found this helpful
Not the best book on the subject.
I can only assume that this book has a 5star rating because the reviewers had not read any other book on the topic, or because they were going along with the recent fad-aspect of this book. The best book on this topic I have ever read is "Unstuff Your Life" by Andrew J. Mellen. It covers the subject in much more detail, and is more tailored to American readers. It is available from Walmart, too. It doesn't have as many reviews because it hasn't gotten the media attention this one has recently been given (for some strange reason). The review it's got says she was ONLY disappointed with it because it doesn't have pictures. (Kondo's doesn't have any either.) Mellen's book has all the relevant material Kondo's has, plus much more. It does not, however, have any space wasted on how to fold your socks, thanking your clothes for protecting your body, and seemingly endless accounts of all the author's attempts to de-clutter before learning how.
Most helpful positive review
17 customers found this helpful
Amazing
Allowing for the fact that it is written by a young Japanese professional who is writing for small Japanese homes and different kinds of storage, the book is still an overwhelmingly fine book for people looking to declutter their stuff. She puts things in a great perspective and makes it easy to discard things that have been hard to part with.
Most helpful negative review
14 customers found this helpful
Not the best book on the subject.
I can only assume that this book has a 5star rating because the reviewers had not read any other book on the topic, or because they were going along with the recent fad-aspect of this book. The best book on this topic I have ever read is "Unstuff Your Life" by Andrew J. Mellen. It covers the subject in much more detail, and is more tailored to American readers. It is available from Walmart, too. It doesn't have as many reviews because it hasn't gotten the media attention this one has recently been given (for some strange reason). The review it's got says she was ONLY disappointed with it because it doesn't have pictures. (Kondo's doesn't have any either.) Mellen's book has all the relevant material Kondo's has, plus much more. It does not, however, have any space wasted on how to fold your socks, thanking your clothes for protecting your body, and seemingly endless accounts of all the author's attempts to de-clutter before learning how.
1-5 of 102 reviews

definitely magic

I purchased this book after seeing it advertised on-line and gave it to my husband who has been trying to clean his office for 4o+ years. Over the years my efforts of trying to him were never successful. Maria gives many examples of what doesn't work and why, then explains what does work. My husband read the book and has moved forward using Maria Kondo's method is really effective. Our decluttering process is bringing a sense of order to our home :) Feels great! I love the book and have purchased 4 more to give to friends.

Amazing

Allowing for the fact that it is written by a young Japanese professional who is writing for small Japanese homes and different kinds of storage, the book is still an overwhelmingly fine book for people looking to declutter their stuff. She puts things in a great perspective and makes it easy to discard things that have been hard to part with.

BOOK ON TIDYING

AWESOME ,LIFE CHANGING BOOK. I DO INTERIOR DESIGN AND ALL ABOUT DE~CLUTTER..THIS IS A STAR SHINE ,NEW APPROACH ON DOING BOTH.IT IS SO INFORMING,QUICK READ WITH LASTING RESULTS.I BUY AS GIFTS NOW AND RECOMMEND IT FOR ANYONE MALE ,FEMALE ,LIVE- A- LONERS,FAMILIES...IT IS A MUST READ TO GETTING YOUR LIFE IN ORDER.WAY BETTER THAN A SIMPLE SELF HELP ITS A GAME CHANGER...ENJOY

Every year, well-meani...

Every year, well-meaning individuals read tons of books, magazine articles, and blog posts on decluttering and organizing your living space. Yet despite their best efforts to apply what they learn, the goal of perfection is elusive or temporary, and everything reverts to how it once was. If you're like me, when this happened, you'd blame yourself: "I didn't work at it hard enough," "I didn't evaluate my storage needs correctly," "I'm just lazy," etc. Maybe that's true, but maybe it isn't. Did you ever consider that the method was the problem? That's the position of professional organizer Marie Kondo (blog; other website) in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Ten Speed Press, 2014). This book is cute, feminine, and an easy read, but most importantly, its method works. Unlike your favorite magazine, Kondo doesn't want - and doesn't have - repeat customers. Why not? She teaches her clients how to conquer their clutter problem once and for all. No, this is not a promotion on the "minimalist" lifestyle. The "KonMari method" is not about getting rid of things for the sake of getting rid of them. It's not about "learning to live without." Rather, it's about conquering the suffocating clutter that rules people's lives by helping the reader see her possessions in a whole new light. That was true for me. I've had a lifelong battle with clutter, forming bad habits early on, learned from my hoarding parents. Rather than enjoying my possessions, I clung to broken Barbie dolls I'd long outgrown just because of a fear of not having anything. I "saved" boxes worth of Lisa Frank products, only to find the pencil erasers disintegrated and stickers unusable years later. I kept stuff just because other people wanted me to keep them, and I concocted bizarre scenarios to justify saving the strangest things. And even though I had so much, I was never happy because, rather than ruling my possessions, I was letting them rule me. After decades of reading hundreds of resources on storage and organization, I had no results. Then I read Life-Changing Magic, and it gave me the "Ah, ha!" moment I'd been searching for. I needed to quit buying into the lie that clutter is manageable. I had to conquer it, totally and completely. And that meant getting rid of stuff...a lot of it. I asked myself, "What do I want to keep?" instead of asking, "What can I throw away?" I forced myself to be honest about not wanting to finish certain projects. I tossed conference papers and seminar notes that I had no desire to read. And I gave my collections of books, music, and mementoes their first real purges. Whew! What a relief! I really am a lot happier now. It's a slow process, which Kondo admits, but I can see results already, especially in how I view my possessions. They now work for me, and I can eliminate what I don't enjoy quickly and guilt-free. There have been hurdles. Kondo doesn't address joint ownership and what to do when your spouse isn't onboard with the program. She also doesn't anticipate people's tendency to keep things longer if they think they can sell them, something that's incredibly time consuming and rarely pays off in the end. Maybe garage sales and Craigslist don't have the same allure in Japan as they do here in America. There has also been some skepticism on my part. I remain unconvinced that everything should be stored upright. It's worked pretty well for somethings, like socks, but I'm sure Kondo's ruining her laptop by storing it like a book! I also think that she discounts the enjoyment that storage containers with their sleek, uniform look have over old cellphone boxes and such. In my opinion, cardboard boxes need to go. All things considered, however, I love Life-Changing Magic. If you have a problem with clutter ruling your life, than I wholeheartedly recommend you take a look at Kondo's book. Sure, it reads a bit awkwardly, possibly due to the translation. And as Japanese culture and the Shinto religion permeate the book, you might have to think about how to "translate" it into American culture. But I hope that none of this will discourage you from giving the KonMari method a chance. I'm sure glad I did.

Clean Sweep

I'm a bit of a hoarder, and the book really inspired me to clean up my act. It's just as much about getting your mind in order as getting your house in order.

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