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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If your first exposure to organization expert Marie Kondo was her enthusiasm (“I love mess!”) on her streaming series Tidying Up, get ready for a very different energy listening to the audio version of her global bestseller. Narrator Emily Woo Zeller is all business, delivering Kondo’s five-step KonMari method with brisk efficiency. And that makes sense, because Kondo’s underlying mission is actually quite serious. She’s not just out to teach you how to fold your fitted sheets—though that technique is a straight-up game changer—but to, as she says, “put your house in order.” Kondo believes that when you live in a clean, organized space, you’re calmer, happier, and better equipped to achieve your goals. The point isn’t to throw away everything you own, but to have a more thoughtful, meaningful relationship with your surroundings. Even if you’re not yet ready to organize your entire house, treating the brief chapters like daily affirmations will still help spur you toward making bigger changes.
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.
LOVED IT SO MUCH
Best organizing book ever! I feel so accomplished and excited to have and use this new found knowledge! Changed my life seriously! I feel so comfortable and relaxed in my new clean space so thankful for this book would definitely read it again a thousand times over! Loved it!