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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 home-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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  • 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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  • heidi robinson

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

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  • Tanya Lange

    This book has changed my mind set. I have organized and gotten rid of things "I might use someday (but haven't used in years). I buy only what I need.

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  • Kristine I.

    I don’t like it. Very opinionated and judgmental tone from the author. Not inspiring but rather discouraging from a self-esteem perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Great Book! A must read and put into action!

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  • Tammy H.

    Just annoying! Listen to books gain knowledge over to be entertained. I couldn’t get passed the 3rd chapter if this book. I just felt irritated by this authors insistence as though being a compulsive tidier is a desirable thing. I’m sure the information is useful to some by I didn’t find value and The narrator lended no credibility to the theory.

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  • Kenyatta D.

    this was truly inspirational!!...I can honestly say this has really changed my perspective on all the things I will allow in my life moving forward.

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  • Lauren M.

    Love the concept and the narration is good. But the book repeats itself way too much and there is more talk about her memories and how she became who she is than how to tidy and declutter.

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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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