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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Audiobook

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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Publisher's Summary

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari 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).With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home-and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

©2014 Marie Kondo (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic." (The New York Times)

"Narrator Emily Woo Zeller captures the voice of author Marie Kondo so perfectly that it's as if the Japanese de-cluttering guru is speaking in person." (AudioFile)

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    Riverwind 01-12-17
    Riverwind 01-12-17
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    "Good topic but worst narrator"

    The main ideas are appealing but a bit tedious. The major problem is the narrator. Her voice is plain and has no emotion at all. It's so bad that although I'm interested in the topic I suffer every time I listen to her voice.
    Therefore I followed one advice in the book: since it's not bringing me joy at all, I discarded it without finishing it. Now I have one less audio book in my collection and I feel happier.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 01-09-17
    Deedra United States 01-09-17 Member Since 2015

    I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo

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    "The Life Changing Magic"

    I got this book for free this morning through a face book offer.I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.There are some good ideas which are stated over and over and over.It is repetitive.It could have been cut short by half.Emily Woo Zeller is a good narrator.I'm not sure how she got through the reading.Ms Kondo mentions speaking to things you no longer want.Tell it 'thank you' for it being a great item for what it did for you.I don't plan on having chats with my cast offs,I feel weird enough for the one sided conversations I have with my deaf cat.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane San Diego, CA 01-21-17
    Diane San Diego, CA 01-21-17

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    "clean your house one time and organize all at once"

    this is a very different way to organize the house all at one time. It's going to be an interesting journey to see if I can do this on my own. Many different unique viewpoints.

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    acu DESIGN 01-21-17
    acu DESIGN 01-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great way to start fresh!"

    A great way to start fresh after buying a new home! I started listening to this and got inspired to feeling happy on tidying! It will motivate you and it's very easy to listen too!

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    Amazon Customer 01-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book, but not for everyone"

    When I first started to listen to this book, I was really into it and excited about all of the tips. I found myself nodding my head in agreement or saying "that's true" to a lot of the points made in this book. I gave it 3 stars however, because it started becoming annoying towards the end. I don't know if I still would have felt this way if I would have read it in my own voice, but something about it started feeling too dramatic. Based on other reviews, I'm sure those tips still worked well for others, but there are just some things that I have no interest in practicing. The whole reusing shoe boxes all over the house to store things seems really tacky to me and talking to my belongings as if they are living things seems a little nuts. Despite those little things, I got through the whole book and was able to take away some things I will definitely be trying around my hoouse.

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    NGC 01-20-17
    NGC 01-20-17

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    "A lot of fluff"

    A lot of unnecessary stuff. Glad I Iistened to it instead of reading. Great narration

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    BAM 01-20-17
    BAM 01-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Dope listen"

    although she may sound weird in her paradoxical approach, this book is great and even better when the exercise are put to use. I've discarded many items that I was not attached to. Thank you Marie!

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    windi 01-18-17
    windi 01-18-17
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    "I just cant...just cant!"

    I emphatically draw the line at ripping pages from books to save interesting quotes and tossing the rest of the book in the garbage. (Audible GASP!!!). The horror! Book murderer i tell you book murderer!! And talking to your belongings as if they were people? Ok, i can see where it can help turn a drudgery chore like decluttering into a moment of thankfulness and gratitude. I simply cant latch on to the belief that your things are happier being thrown out and trashed, and will thank you by reincarnating into something that sparks joy in your life at some future date. Im sorry - truly - this is NOT a book to help you declutter or organize. At least it is not what i got out of it. My rating is based solely on my dislike for the contents of the book, not the author or the writing itself. I just cant ... just cant!

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    Gail W 01-18-17
    Gail W 01-18-17
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    "This woman is wacky!"
    What disappointed you about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?

    The narrator was painful to listen to.


    Has The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Or maybe it's a cultural thing. I did find the process interesting and have gotten through half of my list, but I don't come home after work and talk to my house and possessions thanking them for all that they bring me. And I'm not going to worry about how cleaning my home will emotionally affect my mother. Probably more applicable to a collectivist cultures than our individualistic worldview. My mother won't have a breakdown over me throwing my junk away.

    I only downloaded it because it was free. Bless you if you paid for it!

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    CM Kur USA 01-16-17
    CM Kur USA 01-16-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Ready to listen to again!"

    I tried to read this book, but not much of a reader. Plus, after skimming the book, felt I knew how to tidy up! Boy was there more to this book than I thought! Even though I was good at discarding and keeping things tidy, I had no clue some deeper issues I needed to address. Finding joy in the things I own was #1! Great audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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