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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever
Narrated by: Lucy Scott
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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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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A worthwhile listen

I listened to this book with low expectations, on a single car journey. And although I only came away with one positive and new idea the experience has made a big impression on my clutter. The narrator is easy to listen to and there was enough in the story for me to identify my own prevarications. The repeated mantra of, getting rid of your clutter will change your life, is indeed true - not only did I clear out more than a dozen dustbin liners of supposed cherished possessions (none of which I have missed in a month) but I also lost 10 kilos. When it was suggested in the book that this often happened as a by-product I remember poo-pooing it at the time. I had no desire or ambition to lose weight. However, in the month following that car journey I had to throw out an additional load of trousers and suits because they were too large for me. I think that I will be re-visiting this book annually to make sure that my hoarding habits haven't crept back into my life. Mind you I never thought of myself as a hoarder, just someone with a lot of 'happy memory things!'

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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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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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Interesting but not sure it’s life changing!

This is a very interesting book, especially for someone absolutely rubbish at tidying up. The narrator has a calm soothing voice that feels slightly like a form of meditation or brain washing however it hasn’t provided me with a huge enthusiasm for arranging my life. It has however given me ideas for being more methodical and a better ability to prioritise with this books concept of objects that do or do not bring joy. It’s an easy listen with lots of interesting stories and case studies throughout.

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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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Fab author!

What a quirky author! Lovely content. purchased it on Sunday morning, before getting half way through the book I had gotten rid of 70% of my clothes, she is THAT persuasive! I put them into large bags and dropped them off at the charity store before I'd even finished the book. Now for the make up and books to rummage through!
Lovely stories, great content and tips. Soothing narration. Just what I needed.

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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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  • Logan
  • 01-11-18

Individual, but not easy to manage

Good book. Message is clear, but how one should clear should be very individual. It is quite a general view in the sense it cannot be applied by everyone. If one is living alone than it maybe fine, but if one lives with family or extended family, than it may not be ideal. Therefore it comes down to ones own discovery or path. I did benefit from reading the 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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  • Pamela
  • 05-03-19

Hiccups in reading

I enjoyed the content as much as i could but it has errors inside so some of the words get swallowed during reading.

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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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  • Stef
  • 27-06-19

Helpful

If I utilise the teachings of this book, it will make a world of difference to tidiness, time spent searching for things, and peace of mind. if.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-19

Soothing to listen to, it was almost hypnotic.

For years I've been trying to get my life in order, have a routine in life, take my career goals seriously. It has always come down to my mind feels cluttered. I'm actively trying to figure that out and this book is a real eye opener.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-19

Read this book only if you have TIME for a change!

I read this book (twice) while preparing to move for a new apartment. So this came at a perfect timing for me and completely changed how I thought about what I want to keep and what to throw.
The book is full of practical advices and lovely insights on how to arrange your living environment.
But keep in mind that this book suggests a method that, at the first stage, requires a lot of time and energy. So only read this book if you have the time and energy for a serious life- changing project. The good news are that no money is needed!
After reading this book I went to visit IKEA and left without buying a single item. I think that tells it all! 😂
The narrator is lovely!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

beautiful book by a beautiful voice

really enjoyed this book, i could practically feel te emotions from the objects mentioned. it is such a beautiful way to live your life. Will definitely start tidying my home with love. Thank you.

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  • Andrea Salgado
  • 04-05-19

An eye opening revelation of tidying

The book surpassed my expectations. What I thought would be an account and guide of how to tidy up material objects, turned out to be an incredible revelation of why sometimes we seek to tidy up and why we can't manage to keep our things tidied up. The truth of the psychological and spiritual factors reflecting themselves in how we organize our things and lives is crucial before a journey of tidying up. As Marie Kondo says: " ...our true lives start after we tidy..." What an amazing read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-19

Better than expected

I heard of this book for about two years ago, when I finally decided to read it now. And since I am impatient, by now I really mean now. So when I saw there is no ebook available for my location, I downloaded audible and listened to it here. It was great! Better than I expected it to be! From the contents of the book to the excellent narrating, I enjoyed every second and finished this book in one sitting - or should I not use the word sitting, since I was able to do the things I wanted to while listening? How convenient! And, if you're wondering wether you should read this book or not I strongly recommended you to. Even if you know what the book or the konmari method is about, you WILL gain more from reading it. I promise!