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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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Bland, sterile and utterly joyless. The book equivalent of boil in the bag rice.

Hideous. The woman has found a way of monetising her neurosis and I helped her do it. Don’t give her any more money for godssake, she’ll only write more books. I’ve no idea why I even went there but I did. I’ve taken one for the team so you don’t need to. Just get some decent storage and stop buying shite and you’ll be just fine.

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Sexist, elitist drivel.

Written from the perspective of someone with deeply outdated opinions on gender and no experience of ever being poor, the ‘method’ is the exclusive plaything of those that can simply replace anything that is thrown away.

Capped off with some pseudoscientific nonsense about the dietary benefits of diarrhoea.

This book is more suited to being a stuffy Victorian manual for good housewives written by a hateful misogynist rather than the modern age.

Wouldn’t recommend unless you have a fetish for condescension.

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She recommends storing carrots standing upright in the fridge.

My wife insisted that I listen to the audiobook. In fact, rather then getting a birthday present for her this year, I bought this and listened to it.
Undoubtedly the most difficult birthday present (or present of any kind) that I’ve “gifted”.

It’s not all bad. To store things in boxes and to fold towels so that they don’t hang over the shelf edge makes sense.
But most of her advice is stupid. It just gets worse and worse. And then when you think it can’t get any worse, she recommends storing carrots standing upright in the fridge!!!

As for disposing of everything (including clothes) that does not “fill you with joy”... If I did that I’d be arrested for public exposure when I walk the children to school.

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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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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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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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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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Not what I expected

I have wanted to read this book for a few years and after the popularity of the new Netflix show I thought I would finally take the plunge.
Unlike her show the book seems to be a little more unforgiving and a very strict in ideologies. As a creative I found it very difficult and a little too practical way of living, bordering on obsessive tidying - for example emptying your handbag every night.
I believe it very much could be life changing for some people, especially those who are looking for the kind of home you see in magazines, but it’s just not for me.
I will however still be looking if something sparks joy!

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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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  • Jasmine T Y
  • 17-10-19

Life Changing. Will listen to over and over again.

Lucy Scott is an excellent narrater. I immensely enjoyed listening to this Audiobook, esp while decluttering. I like having it play in the background while I do it. Its motivating and always a refreshing review. I actually purchased and read the kindle book first then purchased the audiobook. I have completely abandaned reading it now and solely relisten to the audiobook. Worth every penny.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-20

motivation to live your live

Makes me want to do and finish what I've been putting off for a while.

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  • R. Hamilton
  • 01-03-20

Soothing and Interestingly Introspective

The book will leave you wondering whether the author's perspective and accounts are fully reliable. It seems hard to believe that anyone would be so interested in tidying even as a young child. Despite my suspicions, there are moments when Kondo motivates some deep soul-searching and pondering. Just how little emotional value materialist society invests in materials, is just one of them. I enjoyed the reading of this book, the soothing music that calmed the emotional shock of realizing we all own too much shit (that is, in a nutshell, just that) leaves the reader feeling regretful, enlightened, and motivated to do some cleaning.

Good book. (But I still like my crap and don't plan on throwing any of it out). The book needs a Corrallary: The Life-Maintaining Magic of Keeping Crap.

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  • Gabriela Arosemena Lachman
  • 07-02-20

Love the book, not sure about the audible...

The content of book was everything I hoped for. But having watched the Netflix show, I am doubtful about Konmari’s character, I’m not sure if they show her differently in the show or if the narration of this Audible book just doesn’t capture her essence. She feels more judgemental, I’m not crazy about her tone.

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  • Kathryn
  • 23-11-19

A charming, sincere, moving little book.

Lucy Scott brings gentle, engaging and inspiring life to Kondo's truthful, modest, life- changing work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-19

Expected more

Had bigger expectations from this book. But if feels lime it could fit into an article.