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

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Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed, Oct 14, 2014 - House & Home - 224 pages
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The book that sparked a revolution and inspired the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: the original guide to decluttering your home once and for all.

ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE—CNN
 
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 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 - Overstock.com

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. - Overstock.com

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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Contents

Introduction
1
Why cant I keep my house in order?
9
Start by discarding all at once intensely
34
One category at a time
42
If youre mad at your family your room
49
Tidying is a dialogue with ones self
57
3
63
the best way to fold
74
make into my wallet your motto
112
cherish who you are now
118
Reduce until you reach the point where
124
Storing your things to make
129
pursue ultimate simplicity
135
Forget about flow planning and frequency of use
141
The best way to store bags is in another bag
150
Keep things out of the bath and the kitchen sink
157

treat your socks and stockings
80
those that belong in the hall of fame
93
how to organize troublesome papers
99
keep things because
105
Unpack and detag new clothes immediately
163
An attachment to the past or anxiety about
181
Your real life begins after putting your house in order
203
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Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, star of the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.
 
Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her tidying consultant business as a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying expert helping people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration.
 
Marie has been featured on more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs as well as in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Times of London, VogueEllen, the Rachael Ray show, and many more. She has also been listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

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