The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • by Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
  • 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic." (The New York Times)
"Narrator Emily Woo Zeller captures the voice of author Marie Kondo so perfectly that it's as if the Japanese de-cluttering guru is speaking in person." (AudioFile)


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I both love and hate this life changing book

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?

At one point this woman tells the reader that they will love folding. I have a clean laundry basket and a dirty laundry basket, and i always have, because i hate folding. When i first listened to the narrator tell me this I audibly laughed. Absurd! Well 2 weeks later, I am finished with the clothes, books, and papers section of her guide and I just realized I didnt dread folding my clothes this weekend... I refuse to say that I love folding but saying that I dont dread/hate it is a huge step. I am so annoyed that she is right, and so happy to have amazing drawers.

I would describe my entire experience of the book like this. I am so annoyed with whatever she is saying and yet I want to do everything she is saying and in the end every step of hers that I have followed has been revolutionary for my life.

How annoyingly wonderful.

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- Rebecca

Thank You Rug, Thank you Shoes, Goodnight Moon

I think this is a comedy; I'm still not sure. Perhaps the origin of Jimmy Fallon's Thank You Notes. Either that or the case of an OCD person with a cleaning fetish. The author has made a living out of sharing her organizational practices, which she says she began pre-kindergarten, and I imagine it goes over best with other OCD individuals that like to talk to teapots and toothbrushes also.

If this is a serious self-help book (I'd suggest Prozac or Cognitive Behavior Therapy first, and perhaps a housekeeper), Kondo will have you replacing your gratitude journal with necessary volumes as you go through your day animating that which is inanimate--giving thanks to everything you touch, see, or wear. ["Thank you bra for holding up my breasts...."]

The central idea is to attack all at once. Clean out your closet by putting ALL of your clothes which may be located throughout the house (search through those boxes, attics, ironing piles, etc.) into one location and go through them: blouses in one pile, slacks in another, and so on (there goes my entire upper floor). Discard what "no longer brings you pleasure," thank it for its service, "thank you flannel mid-calf skirt from my mother-in-law" and get rid of it. The author almost guarantees that once you do this *simple* approach, you will never have clutter again. I can guarantee I will. I hate ironing; I hate emptying the dishwasher, I hate washing windows, I have 22 pairs of black pants I'm keeping, and unless Cinderella's crafty little mice and birds show up to take over those chores, I'll have clutter, and more black pants. She does this with EVERYTHING in your house, including your junk drawer, spare change, lint. No more jars filled with pennies...that is disrespectful to the money--and there goes my ashtray jammed with change, the old pickle jar full of money in the kitchen, and what about my book of state quarters?

The day I come home, walk in the door, and say "thank you table for giving me a place to put my purse," "thank you jacket for keeping me warm and protecting me from the elements," commit me. I want to come home and kick off my shoes (don't care where they land), throw my jacket over a chair, drop my purse where I stand and say, "Thank you dirty clothes for washing yourselves," "Thank you bed for changing your own sheets," "Thank you food for being cooked and on the table." Now that is Life-Changing Magic.

*I did learn to fold my clothes so they stand up...but I had to actually listen to the author tell me first to "listen to the item of clothing, it will tell you how it wants to be folded." Mine said it wanted to lay on the floor until I needed it next. Pass--better to be a sane slob.
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- Mel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio