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

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Emily Woo Zeller

4 Hours 51 Minutes

Tantor Media

January 2015

Audio Book Summary

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 homeā€”and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

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  • Krista D

    A lot is about how and why she became an organizer and little about how to organize. Also some things about it are not practical especially for people who work full time jobs and have very small but mobile children. I don't have a few hours to collect every piece of clothing and go through each thing piece by piece. Some concepts were helpful and I am going to try to apply them when I clean.

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  • heidi robinson

    love the concept. can't wait to get down to business!

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  • Deyanira G.

    Motivated me to declutter! This book inspired me to look at my possessions in a different light. I consider myself a neat person and just want to be content with what I have, this book helped me reach the next step, appreciation and self awareness.

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  • Nichole W

    The audio repeats a lot. Maybe in book form, there are sections and the organization is clear so you can see what's going on. But listening to the audio, all you hear is repetition. I love the overall concept of the book and we have been applying it to our house this summer. I even caught a reference on TV.

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  • Britta Yasinski

    Such a great book! I loved listening to this type of book rather then read it. It has pushed me to de-clutter and organize everything in my house.It feels so good. I'm listening to her 2nd book right now and really like it as well.

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  • Melissa Richardson

    This book changed my perspective in some ways, but my kids do not understand why I've suddenly started talking to inanimate objects and thanking them for their service. Overall, I have found some of the principles very helpful, but I think some of the things are a little crazy. The narrator in some places sounds like a robotic voice, but overall was good.

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  • Brianna Weller

    *This Review Contains Spoilers* This book is overrated. In short: 85% biography (of authors childhood and how she developed her OCD -like habits 10% comparing client stories/ amount of discard 5% useful information on how to emotionally detach from items

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  • T I

    I enjoyed the book. I am interested in trying some of her methods for tidying up!

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  • Anika Washington

    I love this book! Definitely a life changer. I will be de-cluttering my home and my life after reading this book.

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  • Rachel Miller

    This book has done more than get me to declutter everywhere in my home, it has freed me from so much more! I have never had hoarder tendencies but always feared there would be a day that I may need something and not be able to afford to replace it, so I hung on just in case. I alsoI used to wake up anxious, worried about everyday stuff, and now I am relaxed, and so much happier! My family has noticed such a change in me. I no longer have to take medicine for anxiety!And I am convinced I no longer have a shopping disorder. Wow! I wake up refreshed, calm and with a smile on my face. This book is a blessing! You should read it and pass it on!

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