The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever
Narrated by: Lucy Scott
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (654 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beautiful

Beautiful and practical, elegant and mindful. Great insight from a great woman. And the narration is nice too. I'd only wish this book was longer... 😊

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As described, it helps u decide category organisi

love it, wanted to finish at one go, I am a middle age working mum with 2 children a new born, we have no space for our newborn. packing was frustrating, we fought my spouse and I. we almost forgot what's important is present and not hanging onto "things". Marie reminded us.

would love another guide on packing and organising for a growing child....its constant struggle. lol.

recommend it to everyone. I always felt like I have no problem organising since school days and working days but with lifestyle change, a structure method is needed

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Simple and easy, just like method and explanations

Easy to understand and easy to follow. The important criterion for a book about tidying.

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Inspiring

At some point, the reference seemed directly me! Motivated me to start tidying up

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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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  • j3n
  • 02-20-20

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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  • Robin
  • 05-28-19

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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  • William Burke
  • 06-03-19

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • tbrayford l.
  • 08-08-17

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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  • Beth
  • 03-13-19

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-19

Great but physical book would be better

I really enjoyed this book but I think it would be much better in physical format where you could highlight sections and you put the lessons into actions. With the audio version I'm going to need to listen again and write out notes. Perhaps there needs to be an accompanying pdf with the audio book with the basic "to do list"?

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Luke
  • 04-07-18

Insightful and funny

More than just a wacky Japanese neat freak, Kondo describes a clear and thoroughly researched method for bringing order (and thus peace, well being and even personal growth) into one's life with humourous anecdotes and humble wisdom.

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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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  • 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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