- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Marie Kond; 1st edition (14 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607747308
- ISBN-13: 978-1607747307
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 18.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 135 customer reviews
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Hardcover – 14 Oct 2014
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"This book lives up to its title: it will change your life." -- B.J. Novak, People
"This book is a cult. A totally reasonable, scary cult that works, doesn't kill people (a bonus), but does drastically change your life. In this case -- for the better." -- Buzzfeed"The most organized woman in the world." -- PureWow ". . . the Japanese expert's ode to decluttering is simple and easy to follow." -- Vogue.com
". . . her voice . . . is by turns stern and enchanted, like a fairy godmother for socks." -- The Wall Street Journal"Reading it, you glimpse a glittering mental freedom from the unread/uncrafted/unworn, buyer's remorse, the nervous eyeing of real estate listings. Life's overwhelm, conquered." -- The Atlantic
"All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world . . . one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life." -- Good Housekeeping (UK)"How could this pocket-sized book, which has already sold over 2 million copies and sits firmly atop the New York Times Best Seller list, make such a big promise? Here's the short answer: Because it's legit. . . . Kondo's method really can change your life -- if you let it." -- TODAY.com "Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?" -- USA Today ". . . a brief and bracing practical guide to tidying up your home." -- Financial Times "[It is] enough to salute Kondo for her recognition of something quietly profound: that mess is often about unhappiness, and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it . . . Its strength is its simplicity." -- The London Times
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However, I did find myself slightly arching my eyebrows...yes, ever so slightly, at the author's deep obsession with tidying. While the author extolled the virtues of discerning the difference between sentiment and necessity, I feel that the two go together on occasion. For example, my grandmother's ring does not "spark joy" when I hold it but it is an item that does make me feel closer to her so I could never dispense with this. And there's nothing wrong with that. The author says the gift giver would not want us to feel burdened by their gift and to throw it away but I say a giver wants to be remembered too. So while I appreciate the practicality of setting sentiment aside, I think we should remain mindful of it nonetheless.
I like the way the author affords energy to inanimate objects. We are taught that such things have nothing in them but this is not so. Objects do have energy and I do like the way the author relays this.
I also found myself chuckling through various parts of the book...in a good way. The author is waiting for an ambulance and what's she stressing over? Not the fact that she can't move but tidying... The first thing that she assesses when entering a room is not the ambience but whether the items in that room are necessary! Lol. Can you imagine this woman's house? Her cutlery drawer? Lol.
A worthy read...but keep your balance.
Just a word about Marie's habit of anthromorphising everything. I am a straight up atheist at peace with myself and I steer well wide of anything touching on supernatural or superstition which I consider rubbish. Never the less I was moved by Marie's approach. Her take on fung shui really epitomises the situation; That is to say, it's not some mystical force at work magically improving ones life. Rather, it's the relationship we have with the inanimate objects around us that in many ways determine the quality of our lives. That relationship may be created only in our mind, but that doesn't mean it's not real. This was made clear to me one day at work - the bathroom door had been changed, from a rather heavy door to a light door, and so when I went to open it, I inadvertently slammed it open. You see, every inanimate object in our lives has a relationship with our brain - we know where it is, how to treat it, how hard to push it, pull it, etc. Marie simply takes that relationship and let's it work *for* us by giving it more strength, more independence than we otherwise might. Of course in reality they are just objects. But the truth is our mind doesn't care about the difference: we are in a relationship with everyone and *everything* in our lives, whether we realise it or not.
Was there anything I disliked?
I suppose at times it does feel a little fluffy at times, as if the publisher said "Well, we can't sell it if it's too short!". So there are times one feels the message gets a little repetitive. But really there weren't many times I felt I was starting to skim.
And though I do feel there's power in Marie's approach, at times I wished she would occasionally stop and acknowledge that yes, well, there is a stack of anthromophising going on here and she's not really so crazy as to think all our clothes, shoes, books, etc have feelings.
I chose a rating of five stars because so far I feel that this book has delivered on the promise made in the title (and yes, I know I have not yet completed the tidying process so take that as you will) and does so with passion and purpose. It was a pleasure to read, and just the few times where I have started applying Marie's advice I already feel the power and yes, magic, of her approach.
I have no reserve at all in recommending this book to others. As Marie herself says, those who aren't interesting in tidying their home will never pick up this book anyway. For the rest of us; learn from Marie; it seems that she's been doing this a very long time and she's darn good at it.
I have always been a clutter bug and disorganised so I am always looking for that book that will tell me how to change my life, I have heard so many things from this book and their are so many you tube video's dedicated to this book that it is amazing. I found the book to be informative, easy to read and yes sometimes amusing, probably not for the reasons it should be.
I highly recommend anyone who struggles to find balance in their life to check this book out, So far I have lost so much junk from my house and I am starting to feel free. Check out some of the you tube videos available too.
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