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

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Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, Oct 14, 2014 - House & Home - 224 pages
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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.

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User Review  - tes2do -

A musthave if youre going to declutter! Gave this to a friend for her birthday and she loved it. She has a problem with clutter and this got her on the right path. She even uses the folding technique to maximize her drawer space. Great ideas even if you dont use all of them. Read full review

Does not live up to the hype

User Review  - christine d. -

This book contained nothing more than common sense suggestions I already followed. Based on reviews of this book I was expecting much more. Read full review

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Tidy a little a day and youll be tidying forever
Make tidying a special event not a daily chore
Start by discarding all at once intensely
One category at a time
If youre mad at your family your room
Tidying is a dialogue with ones self
put all your books on the floor
those that belong in the hall of fame
All about papers how to organize troublesome papers
keep things because
make into my wallet your motto
cherish who you are now
Reduce until you reach the point where
Appreciate your possessions and gain strong allies

storage problems
the best way to fold
treat your socks and stockings

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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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