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Summary

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.

The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once - and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you need only to choose what to keep and what to discard.

The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order, you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.

Marie Kondo's method is based on a 'once cleaned, never messy again' approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible, then you should definitely listen to this compelling audiobook.

©2016 Marie Kondo (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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read it at last!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying to be better than the print version?

Bought the book weeks ago but it took me getting it on Audible to get me started. Finished it in two days and have since filled my car with old clothes and books - home already looks and feels better - looking forward to carrying on decluttering tomorrow.

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Amazing

Don't hesitate to buy this book. I feel so much lighter after putting my life in order. Definitely one of the most important books I've read to date. There is also an app that helps take you through the entire process. Good luck!

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Wonderful

How wonderful to now have Marie Kondo on audible. It enables a refresh for my memory at any time. This makes me happy as does being tidy.

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please buy this book

One word: incredible. If you want your home environment to be immaculate then listen to this book NOW! Marie's passionate words are informative and provide a great outlook on living. These 4 hours have truly taught me to live in the present, extinguish my day-to-day fears and be appreciative of what I have.

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Very disappointed

It's the first book that I've ever returned- it's not credible in my mind, when the author started conversing with inanimate objects and projecting personalities onto them, objects such as her socks and handbags I knew that I was listening to the delusional ramblings of an obsessive- save yourself the pain and avoid this one

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Useful tips, worth a read

Good tips on how to focus on genuinely clearing clutter and reassessing the value and sentiment we place on so many things we feel we can't part with, but are ultimately deadweight to our lives and homes. I disliked the use of 'throw it away' that she stressed so much - please recycle and drop off at charity shops as and where you can!! It's also originally a Japanese book so has some text specific to them but not too much. I've already started to Marie Kondo my house so it must've sparked something!!!

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A different approach to tidying

I purchased this book as it's sparked my curiosity as I am always tidying and was hoping for a miracle. I started applying the methods detailed in the book to organise my home whilst still reading the book and was pleasantly surprised to how it made me feel about my possessions. The book is well laid out, easy to follow and I would recommend to anyone who wants to declutter their home. The author takes you through the process in small stages and it is actually enjoyable!

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Stopped listening

Stopped listening when told to greet my home with my name and to talk to my items.

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  • EJ
  • 18-02-17

reorganised my entire life because of this book!

listened to it twice, then put the words into action- it's definitely a method that works and a lot better for converting normies to minimalists than most others I've read.

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If you were interested in the book you will love it!

If like me you have heard of the Kon Marie method of tidying and getting your house in order, then you will really enjoy this book. Of course the author has become world famous and some of the methods may seem a little strange, but I certainly loved every minute of this beautifully narrated book.

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  • Aliaksandra Bondarava
  • 18-03-17

Life-changing.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend who has too many things and too little "life". The author is telling about "the life-changing magic of tidying up" and I feel like almost every adult needs to know more about it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was definitely the book I wanted to listen in one sitting as I wanted to follow all the advises as soon as possible!

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  • Federico
  • 23-11-16

Fantastic

Easily applicable tips to live more mindfully and happily. Very recommended book for all ages.

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  • Ann
  • 29-10-16

Felt like a self-assertive autobiography

I was looking forward to the hyped "domestic wisdom" of the book. I was however, disappointed after the first chapter. While the book starts you off with a very motivational chapter, it gets very repetitive and pushy right after that. I had to power through to finish the book infact because the material was beginning to sound so stretched out and unnecessarily lengthened. The narrator did an amazing job in every aspect, but the material *of* the book was intolerable due to the amount of boasting and self-assertion that was overbearingly repeated over and over again. All in all, I walked away with just two benefits: motivation to complete a decluttering process I had already started and a new way to fold and arrange clothes in drawers which I find to be aesthetically pleasing. If you wish to take tips and pointers, I would recommend one of the summaries available on Audible or hopping onto youtube for a quick search on decluttering the Marie Kondo way. You will get everything you need to know from either minus the boring stories, insufferable reptitiveness, and bragging.

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  • Christy So
  • 11-07-18

Good read — More than learning how to tidy

The book emphasises on finding your ideal lifestyle, practice gratitude and decision making through tidying. It is a very mindful book and I would definitely try out her method.
I hope it focus a little bit more on storage methods though.

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  • Terry Sashkis
  • 05-04-18

very easy listening

loved it and started putting my house in order. fluent. clear. good examples. one of my favorite books

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  • Leslie Wittig Quintanilla
  • 13-03-18

Learning detachment

The main message I hear from this book is detachment. Once you learn what is truly valuable for you, you start to live and enjoy much more who you are now, in the present.

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  • Mariella
  • 26-12-17

Easy to follow

This book is easy to listen and follow which doing other things. This book is great for people who needs motivation to declutter and let go of unused things you always cannot bear to.

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  • Rachel
  • 16-12-17

A masterpiece

If you could sum up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying in three words, what would they be?

Have never read anything like this on decluttering in my whole entire life. And I have really read a lot. The approach to decluttering is both spiritual, psychological and philosophical. Have listened to this book several times. Shall listen many more times. Very inspiring and motivating.

What other book might you compare The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying to and why?

No book on decluttering can compare to this one. I love Brian Tracy’s EAT THAT FROG and also listen to it over and over again. But it’s a book on time management. These are books which actually motivate you to change and take action. You just wish you knew them by heart.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book is absolutely unique in every respect. I cannot find words to express why. One has got to read it/listen to it in order to understand.

Any additional comments?

A must-read. Will transform your psyche and your life forever. In the most positive way you’d ever imagine.

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  • Andrés Avilés
  • 14-12-17

Better than I expected

Very useful insights, very practical tips, easy to read and better than I expected.

I really liked the philosophy behind this book. I totally recommend it!

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  • Tarjita
  • 10-09-17

Very VERY life-changing!

As I finish listening to this book, I find my self bidding goodbye to my first HUGE batch of clothing items I no longer need in my life. A task I dreaded in the past is now a healing process almost! I wish I had more hands and hours in the day to go through my house faster but I take it easy now that I understand things much better. The human thinking profess is so curious and interesting! I'll definitely get this book in the printed version, and I'll revisit it often in the future!