The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
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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.
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.
This book is absolutely incredible. I can't wait to listen to it again with my partner and clean out my entire house! Addicting!
I read some of the reviews stating that they had a hard time with the reader of this book. I love listening to audiobooks as I work at my job. I found it to be a good book and had no problem listening to her. I guess it may depend on if your really interested in what she has to say. The only thing I thought was maybe I might want to see pictures but then I went to YouTube to see if I could find what I wanted with folding method and sure enough it was there. I think this will give me a good start and looking forward to trying her method. I'm glad I purchased the audio version.