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.
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This book is absolutely incredible. I can't wait to listen to it again with my partner and clean out my entire house! Addicting!
Good book. Terrible audio.
Marie Kondo's approach is unusual in two distinct ways. It's highly influenced by Japanese animistic beliefs and the author's time spent as a shrine maiden, and it's different from other organizing methods in its intensity and approach, claiming to allow you to tidy only once, and once and for all. Putting aside the religious aspect (and Kondo's prescriptive femininity), the approach is economically and psychologically more helpful than other purging methods, and so I wish to recommend the book itself.
However, do not get the audio version unless it is absolutely necessary for you. The narrator is very monotone, expressing boredom between slips of a countrified accent. Her quoting and attempts at expressing any emotion beyond dull existence are half-hearted, if not condescending, which is a shame. It's evident from the writing that Kondo cares very deeply for the subject. She deserved an equally caring narrator.
Have tried so many different strategies to get my house in order. Nothing works. Finally, after reading this book, I tackled clothing yesterday. Getting started on book selection today. Feeling accomplished and happier already. I’m amazed at how organized my closet and drawers look and how easy it is to see what I have. (Side note - I found this book at my Dad’s house, started reading it and then downloaded the audiobook. I became so intrigued I wanted to finish the book ASAP. My dad is 80 and not doing well. He lives almost 4 hours from me. His house is in worse shape than any Hoarders episode I’ve seen on TV. I’m using the KonMari method to get his house in order so we can sell and move him closer to us). Thank you so much Marie!!!