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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying : A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever - Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever

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Published: 15th April 2014
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Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.

The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard.

The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.

Marie Kondo's method is based on a 'once-cleaned, never-messy-again' approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely read this compelling book.

About the Author

Marie Kondo started reading housewives' magazines from the age of five and loved the order and beauty of the well-organised spaces she saw in them. Then, from the age of 15 she started studying tidying seriously. She started with her own bedroom and then moved onto her siblings'. Today she runs a highly successful business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of beauty, peace and inspiration.

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  • Easy to read (10)
  • Deserves multiple readings (7)
  • Informative (7)
  • Well written (5)
  • Page-turner (4)

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A very informative book

It is important to first read the book right through. After that Pick pot areas that you feel will help you straight away. Next take notice of the important details eg How to fold...Read complete review

It is important to first read the book right through. After that Pick pot areas that you feel will help you straight away. Next take notice of the important details eg How to fold correctly and underline or highlight so that it is easy to find and refer to.

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Terrible. Watch a YouTube video or read a blog post.

I am fortunate that I bought this for an e-reader or I would be burdened with its physical form. This is not a book, it's a series of ramblings that are not up to...Read complete review

I am fortunate that I bought this for an e-reader or I would be burdened with its physical form. This is not a book, it's a series of ramblings that are not up to the standard of a well constructed blog post. It has been beefed up so that it can be printed, bound and sold.

While reading it, I suddenly realised why you can buy a variety of cheat sheets for this 'book'. Buy the short version, watch a few YouTube videos and you will be set. It is simply a piece about mindfulness and the articles written about it are far more insightful and interesting.

The author reflects on her childhood experiences in detail and that would have been fine if I was an angst-ridden teenager with the mental capacity of a toddler. I am an angst-ridden adult and was dismayed at what passed for an epiphany in the author's life.

This book is sexist throughout and badly written (or translated) so it's not even good as a gift...unless you want to offend your friends and family. If you're a stay at home house maker that loves old gender roles and have a very small brain, then you'll probably like it.

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5.0

Even if you are tidy this is worth a read

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Informative

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    Comments about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

    I am a pretty tidy person, but I've learnt a few nifty tricks already, and can see why this can precipitate larger change.

     
    5.0

    Life lessons well worth reading and implementing

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    • Easy To Read
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      Comments about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

      This book is so much more than a guide to tidying up your house. It is quite simply about surrounding yourself with things that bring you joy in all areas of your life, starting with your home.

       
      4.0

      Practical and helpful

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      from Sydney

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        Comments about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

        I read this book while I was moving and packing/downsizing. It helped me to get through some really hard decisions. I have also adopted many of the ideas into my life in general.

         
        5.0

        Its Title Says It All

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        from Adelaide, South Australia

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          Comments about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

          As soon as I read the preview on Booktopia Blog I purchased this book. Its appeal to me is that it offers much more than just being tidy. The key question 'Does this bring me joy?' says it all and sums up the value of this book.

           
          4.0

          A unique interpretation of an everyday phenomena

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          from Brisbane, AU

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              How to turn the mundane act of being better organised into a spiritual experience.

               
              4.0

              Life Changing!

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              from Townsville NQ

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              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Different
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              Comments about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

              As a self-confessed messy person I struggle with keeping house and the usual strategies of cleaning a bit at a time or doing room by room doesn't work. This book has truly innovative and different ideas for practical tidying and decluttering.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My New Addiction

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                Comments about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

                I am addicted to this book! It has changed my life.

                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Terrible. Watch a YouTube video or read a blog post.

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                from Melbourne

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                • Easy To Read

                Cons

                • Disappointing

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                • Special Needs

                Comments about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

                I am fortunate that I bought this for an e-reader or I would be burdened with its physical form. This is not a book, it's a series of ramblings that are not up to the standard of a well constructed blog post. It has been beefed up so that it can be printed, bound and sold.

                While reading it, I suddenly realised why you can buy a variety of cheat sheets for this 'book'. Buy the short version, watch a few YouTube videos and you will be set. It is simply a piece about mindfulness and the articles written about it are far more insightful and interesting.

                The author reflects on her childhood experiences in detail and that would have been fine if I was an angst-ridden teenager with the mental capacity of a toddler. I am an angst-ridden adult and was dismayed at what passed for an epiphany in the author's life.

                This book is sexist throughout and badly written (or translated) so it's not even good as a gift...unless you want to offend your friends and family. If you're a stay at home house maker that loves old gender roles and have a very small brain, then you'll probably like it.

                 
                5.0

                A very informative book

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                from Queensland

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                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Read
                • Informative
                • Page-Turner
                • Well Written

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                Comments about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

                It is important to first read the book right through. After that Pick pot areas that you feel will help you straight away. Next take notice of the important details eg How to fold correctly and underline or highlight so that it is easy to find and refer to.

                 
                4.0

                Funny, Practical and informative!

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                from Melbourne

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                • Informative
                • Page-Turner
                • Well Written

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                  Comments about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

                  Informative,quick read and enjoyable. The book fives the reader a different way of decluttering which is effective and thorough.

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                  "Its strength is its simplicity." -- Richard Lloyd Parry The Times "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 "Do I love it? If not, chuck it. Marie Kondo promises that by following her KonMari Method I will be a neatnik, forever ... I decide The Life-changing Magic of Tidying will become my bible." -- Brigid Moss Red magazine "[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." The Times "The tidiness regimen prescribed by Japanese author Marie Kondo is a great idea. It's so great that maybe we need to expand its reach" Guardian

                  ISBN: 9780091955106
                  ISBN-10: 0091955106
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 256
                  Published: 15th April 2014
                  Publisher: Ebury Publishing
                  Country of Publication: GB
                  Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.5  x 1.9
                  Weight (kg): 0.25
                  Edition Number: 1