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

by Marie Kondo

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This 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.
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    Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) by Marie Kondo (Carole888)
    Carole888: It is the companion read to the Kondo's other and both go together well. An interesting and refreshing read!
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    Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh (Cecilturtle)
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    The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo (villemezbrown)
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    Remodelista by Julie Carlson (sturlington)
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    A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto (MissBrangwen)
    MissBrangwen: This is more spiritual than KonMari, but the principles are similar and it gives more inside into Japanese culture.

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I put off reading this book (even though I'd heard such good things about it) because I'm naturally quite organized and minimalist.

I actually really liked it, though! True, most of what she advises I'm already doing, but her positive attitude made this an enjoyable read, and she does go into a little more depth than just "keep only what brings you joy" (which was the gist I'd gathered from others talking about her method). Now I know what book to recommend to friends complaining about the states of their homes! :)

Her treatment of inanimate objects as living was a little strange, but I liked the emphasis on appreciating one's belongings. While I won't soon be thanking my possessions for doing a good job, I liked the reminder to thank God for providing my things (I'm a Christian) and recognize that Christ wants me to experience the freedom He gave me, which I won't if I'm a slave to my possessions, unwilling to part with them.

There are mentions of spiritualism, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. and two pages are dedicated to helping readers involved in these things to create a shrine for charms, talismans, etc., but this is not the bulk of the book. ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
get rid of things that don't bring you joy. ( )
  cfulton20 | Nov 13, 2023 |
**I read this in one sitting, according to my texts to my mother right before and after, and it was almost exactly 2hrs 40mins. On my Kindle it was 208 pages.

This was a strangely emotional read. I wasn’t expecting to feel so connected to this book. I am yet to start the process, but I am definitely looking forward to it. One thing that particularly stood out in my mind as I was reading that “sparks joy” for me is my Venture scouts uniform. It makes me happy looking at it hanging on the back of my door right now, I feel proud of myself and I honestly would love to just put it on right now. And when I thought of that, I understood the feeling that I will be going for in a day or two when I begin the transformation, or “celebration”. ( )
  fancypengy | Sep 19, 2023 |
I thought I'd revisit this as I remember finding it very compelling when I first read it years ago and managed to do some decluttering although not to Kondo's level. It was interesting listening now as I have more limitations than I did then, so this project will only work if you have help as she never even talks about what to do with all the stuff you're getting rid of. Still I'm on a current kick of trying to jump start my next decluttering work needed, and so it was fun to see where Marie Kondo started. ( )
  spinsterrevival | Aug 24, 2023 |
I love Marie Kondo. Her show...she is not quite what I expected. For those who want to know step-by-step how to tidy, this is your book. ( )
  LinBee83 | Aug 23, 2023 |
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Marie Kondoprimary authorall editionscalculated
Di Berardino, FrancescaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hirano, CathyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zeller, Emily WooNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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In this book, I have summed up how to put your space in order in a way that will change your life forever.
Have you ever tidied madly, only to find that all too soon your home or workplace is cluttered again?
The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it.
...we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.
...the best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.
I recommend that you always think in terms of category, not place.
Getting rid of other people’s things without permission demonstrates a sad lack of common sense.
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Shouldn't be combined with The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story even though the titles are similar (at least in English). The two books were written several years apart and the manga is a fictionalized lesson on the KonMari Method, told through a story that doesn't appear in this book.
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This 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.

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Thank your old sweat pants
For years of faithful service
And throw them away.

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