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Publisher's 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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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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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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Fantastic

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

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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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Konmari makes my life easier and clearer

The context of the book is brilliant and life changing and the reader is enjoyably neutral. I have to say that this book isn't very small book in my opinion, but it took so little time to finish it by listening. After I finished listening it, I was surprised how quickly book ended. It made me miss it, since it felt like I was listening to a friend.

The book is filled with practical ideas, which are worth to try at least. I'm excited and definitely starting my Konmari tidying today!! :)

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Eccentric, woo woo, funny, and wise. <br />

While the book may be termed as flaky and woo woo by some, there's a deep truth, gratitude, respect, and self knowledge embedded in this book. Loved it and loved Kondo's authenticity. Have started KonMari-ing!

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aricarper

me encantó, sus enseñanzas son más que una limpieza física sino mental y del alma.

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Great starter towards minimalism

Heard about the method before but found it really motivating to listen to it in detail

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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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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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  • Friendly Face
  • 10-19-16

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-28-16

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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  • C. E. Scurr
  • 10-08-16

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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  • Miss Jaqueline Jobes
  • 02-20-17

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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  • Cavern19
  • 02-08-17

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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  • Victoria
  • 12-29-16

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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  • Autumnleaf
  • 12-02-16

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-08-16

life changing

I don't know why but I always comeback to this audio book whenever I have to tidy my house and it just seems like my life falls into order afterwards too.

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  • EGBOK
  • 07-28-18

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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  • terry
  • 03-07-18

literally life changing.

literally life changing. bold statement I know but it's true. I first read it 18 months ago and I'm still neat and tidy. believe me, if it works for me I can work for anyone.

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  • Chanch Johal
  • 10-13-16

loved every word!

i loved reading this book.. and i started tidying immediately still going actually! threw out so much already 14 bags

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  • Danielle McCarthy
  • 04-08-17

Awesome

Loved it. The narrator was lovely and very pleasant to listen to. I feel inspired about beginning my journey.

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  • jessica
  • 02-10-18

Interesting read

This was an interesting read, some out there ideas but a lot of it made sense. I am currently putting her ideas and recommendations into use, so far so god!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-17

interesting, and an easy "read" (or listen)

this book was interesting to listen to. I very much enjoyed the first few chapters though as it went on it got more and more kooky as far as what the author believes about inanimate objects. I'm an open minded person to a point but I definitely cannot bring myself to believe that my socks have feelings. however, I was able to take from it many good points, and I also connected her interesting view on things, to my own belief that we should appreciate everything we have and treat our items with respect. the information on actual tidying itself, was very good. even if you think you might disagree with her almost spiritual approach towards non-living things, I'd still recommend.it,it's worth reading this book for the great perspective on how to get your house in order. I still got a lot out of the book. the narrator was great, easy to listen to, even relaxing.

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  • Sandra
  • 04-01-17

Beautiful!

I totally enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. The readers voice was easy to listen to. The ideas were clearly explained.

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  • Claire Wallace
  • 03-14-17

Some unique ideas that make sense

I have to admit that some of Marie's ideas made me laugh or roll my eyes but she makes a good case for them and they are quite different to anything else I've read about decluttering and organising so I'm willing to give them a try. The book was actually a delight to listen to, Marie's unique, eccentric & fun personality shine through along with the great practical advice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-18

Almost made it to the end.

Struggled to finish.
Became too much when items of clothing were given emotions and feelings.

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  • Pahaha
  • 10-28-18

Underwhelming

After a lot of praise from others I gave this a listen and found it painfully basic. It continuously plagued on and on of rather cliche terms. I'm not certain what I intended to find in this book but I was left very unimpressed.

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  • Audible Customer
  • 08-26-18

I feel empowered to tackle my clutter

I have listened to this audiobook twice now. As I have started the Konmari method, I have found it enjoyable to listen to her audiobook whilst aiming to declutter my house.

Although I enjoyed the audiobook, I found it only possible to use her method of folding by watching YouTube videos as it is difficult to follow these instructions by verbal explanation alone.

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  • guy
  • 08-19-18

Konmarie Magic

A delightful audiobook, excellently narrated. I really enjoyed it and have begun implementing the Konmarie method.

Quite cute how she gives inanimate objects a personality and really believes they have feelings and respond. A bit too much for this realist to deal with in some parts but it did illicit the odd smile which made up for it.

Great advice regarding the approach to getting your house in order. I think I’ll be using the term ‘spark joy’ forever.