The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up

The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Audiobook CD - 2015
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Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if people properly simplify and organize their home once, they'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom a person to pick away at piles of stuff forever. Her method with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo's clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
Publisher: Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Media, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781494508944
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Zeller, Emily Woo.


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Nov 15, 2017

There were helpful ideas throughout this book, and just listening inspired me to start cleaning/purging unwanted items, but I found it hard to accept a lot of the author's sentiment. The idea of literally speaking to my purse/wallet/etc. every day and thanking them for my success, or "waking up" my folded clothes, seemed a bit extreme. Another comment mentioned OCD tendencies, and I would have to agree that a good chunk of the author's actions give off that feel. There's also an apparent bias and misrepresentation of outcome, when the author begins to comment on how people lose weight, have better skin, and so on, after cleaning with her method.

A good read for guidelines, but I wouldn't follow this regime to a T.

May 17, 2017

Overrated! Yes, it is useful in getting you motivated to clean up your junk, but it's nothing revolutionary or new. How many men ask themselves "does this screwdriver spark joy in me?" It's just silly.

Nov 26, 2016

Maximizes self-promotion and advertisement; constantly repeating the same few things, providing so many lengthy examples from her personal life. Quite tiresome with few worthy tips along with some dangerous ones: throwing out credit card bills after checking!!!

Nov 25, 2016

Great book, easy to listen to. Gets you motivated for tidying.

Aug 28, 2016

There's no question I took away some good tips, particularly about attachment to things like clothes and such. I don't agree so much about family heirlooms and pictures. In daily life, I find myself wanting to clean out drawers as I go. Personally, I don't have time to declutter the entire house all at once.

Beyond that, I think the author has a problem with obsession or OCD. I took what benefits I found from the audiobook but take much of it with a grain of salt, which I can clean up later.

Aug 02, 2016

I speak here of just the audiobook...How ironic ! A CD about clutter written in the most cluttered prose..The author needs a ruthless editor.I could condense the prose of the entire first disc in half a dozen well crafted paragraphs.
It gets better.Less theory, more practicality.The author knows the human mind. You will recognize yourself and your personal foibles as she describes how we relate to our possessions.

BostonPL_LauraB Mar 21, 2016

The concept of decluttering and putting things in it's place to better organize is great. I found myself getting excited and hopeful that it's something I could someday do. BUT I had a problem with the way in which she presented it, which was that her way was the ONLY way to do things and how much her clients love her and will NEVER regress. Also the giving inanimate objects feelings was too much for me. I would recommend it, but if you run into a section where she's talking about feelings too much or self-promoting herself, skip it. You aren't missing much. The first few chapters are the most useful, I believe.

Jan 19, 2016

This is 90% a 'girlie' book. Spends inordinate time on how to fold a sweater, how to hang clothes, how to throw out stuff and replace it with new stuff.

Barely touches on how to properly resolve a truly messy household.

A waste of time..

Oct 07, 2015

I can't listen to this on either of my devices (iPodTouch, 4th generation or Kindle Fire) since the Axis 360 app is not available for either, AND I cannot return it without having the app. Very frustrating!

Sep 12, 2015

Discarding is the first step to tiding. Throw away stuff that do not spark joy to your heart.

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Jul 07, 2016

"The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up" turned out to be a very inspiring book. Naturally tidy I didn't expect to learn anything new, but the author's way of viewing positions was enlightening and had me rethinking what I owned and asking myself it these items brought me joy. The results are 8 bags of items waiting to be donated (and that was just the clothes!). Partner this book with "your money or your life" and you get a well rounded view of your possessions, and how to care for them, without letting things get out of control.


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