The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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

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This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. 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 more

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  • Hardback | 213 pages
  • 128 x 180 x 22mm | 260g
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • 1607747308
  • 9781607747307
  • 31

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"Its strength is its simplicity." -- Richard Lloyd Parry, "The London Times" "All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world ... one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life." -- Good Housekeeping "[It is] enough to salute Kondo for her recognition of something quietly profound: that mess is often about unhappiness, and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it." -- "The London Times"show more

About Marie Kondo

Marie -KonMari- Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. With a three-month waiting list, her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has become an international phenomenon. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK, with more than two million copies sold worldwide, and has been turned into a television drama for Japanese TV. She has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, featured on more than thirty major Japanese television and radio programs, and profiled in the Sunday Times, Red magazine, You magazine, the New York Times, USA Today, NPR's Here & Now, Slate, Family Circle, and the London Times, who has deemed her -Japan's preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter.-show more

Table of contents

Introduction   Why can’t I keep my house in order?   You can’t tidy if you’ve never learned how  A tidying marathon doesn’t cause rebound  Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever  Why you should aim for perfection  The moment you start you reset your life  Storage experts are hoarders  Sort by category, not by location  Don’t change the method to suit your personality  Make tidying a special event, not a daily chore  Finish discarding first   Start by discarding, all at once, intensely and completely  Before you start, visualize your destination  Selection criterion: does it spark joy?  One category at a time  Starting with mementos spells certain failure  Don’t let your family see  If you’re mad at your family, your room may be the cause  What you don’t need, your family doesn’t either  Tidying is a dialogue with one’s self  What to do when you can’t throw something away  Tidying by category works like magic   Tidying order: follow the correct order of categories  Clothing: place every item of clothing in the house on the floor  Loungewear: downgrading to “loungewear” is taboo  Clothing storage: fold it right and solve your storage problems  How to fold: the best way to fold for perfect appearance  Arranging clothes: the secret to energizing your closet  Storing socks: treat your socks and stockings with respect  Seasonal clothes: eliminate the need to store off-season clothes  Storing books: put all your books on the floor  Unread books: “sometime” means “never”  Books to keep: those that belong in the hall of fame  Sorting papers: rule of thumb—discard everything  All about papers: how to organize troublesome papers  Komono (miscellaneous items): keep things because you love them—not “just because”  Common types of komono: disposables  Small change: make “into my wallet” your motto  Sentimental items: your parents’ home is not a haven for mementos    Photos: cherish who you are now  Astounding stockpiles I have seen  Reduce until you reach the point where something clicks  Follow your intuition and all will be well  Storing your things to make your life shine   Designate a place for each thing  Discard first, store later  Storage: pursue ultimate simplicity  Don’t scatter storage spaces  Forget about “flow planning” and “frequency of use”  Never pile things: vertical storage is the key  No need for commercial storage items  The best way to store bags is in another bag  Empty your bag every day  Items that usurp floor space belong in the closet  Keep things out of the bath and the kitchen sink  Make the top shelf of the bookcase your personal shrine  Decorate your closet with your secret delights  Unpack and de-tag new clothes immediately  Don’t underestimate the “noise” of written information  Appreciate your possessions and gain strong allies  The magic of tidying dramatically transforms your life  Put your house in order and discover what you really want to do  The magic effect of tidying  Gaining confidence in life through the magic of tidying  An attachment to the past or anxiety about the future  Learning that you can do without  Do you greet your house?  Your possessions want to help you  Your living space affects your body  Is it true that tidying increases good fortune?  How to identify what is truly precious  Being surrounded by things that spark joy makes you happy  Your real life begins after putting your house in order  Afterword      About the author   Indexshow more

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