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Marie Kondo

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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"The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo is a guide to decluttering and organizing your home, using her KonMari method. This process involves discarding items that do not bring you joy and finding a proper place for everything you keep, resulting in a happier and more peaceful living space.

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    The first step to achieving your dream lifestyle is visualizing your dream life in your dream space.

    Before you can begin to tidy up, you first need a vision for your ideal life and your living space. Before reading further, take a moment to visualize what that would look like.

    For example, when one of the author’s clients, a woman in her twenties, did this exercise, she confided that she wanted a more “feminine” lifestyle. So she visualized arriving home to find a room free of clutter – as tidy as a hotel suite – with a pink bedspread and an antique lamp.

    Before going to bed, she would take a relaxing bath and enjoy the scent of aromatic oils, listen to classical music while doing yoga and drinking herbal tea, and finally fall asleep feeling totally at ease and unhurried.

    Once you’ve figured out what you want in your life, you’re in a position to start tidying and moving closer to your ideal life.

    A tidy environment is one where you can efficiently access the things you need and like, which is why it’s so important to first understand what it is that you want.

    Your space should be filled with things that you truly love. Don’t, for example, turn the clothes you don’t like into your pajamas. Though it might feel pragmatic, it would be better for you to respect your belongings if they’re going to reflect your vision.

    Take your books, for example. By ridding your space of books you don’t read and keeping the ones you are truly passionate about, you become more passionate about reading.

    Don’t be afraid to discard things. Even if you have to give away a dusty book that you really meant to read but just never found time for, these pangs of regret show you that the book is something you’re truly interested in. Now’s not the right time for the book, but you can always buy it again later.

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    What is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up about?

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up isn’t just a guide to decluttering, it’s a best seller that’s changed lives in Japan, Europe and the United States. The Wall Street Journal even called Marie Kondo’s Shinto-inspired “KonMari” technique “the cult of tidying up.” Kondo explains in detail the many ways in which your living space affects all aspects of your life, and how you can ensure that each item in it has powerful personal significance. By following her simple yet resonant advice, you can move closer to achieving your dreams.

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Review

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014) offers a fresh perspective on decluttering and organizing our living spaces. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Practical and actionable techniques make tidying up a simple, achievable task for anyone looking to transform their homes and lives.
    • With its emphasis on creating a joyful living environment, it goes beyond just cleaning and organizing to help us cultivate a happier and more fulfilling life.
    • The book's unique approach to organizing, which involves evaluating the emotional connection to our belongings, keeps the reader engaged and ensures long-lasting results.

    Best quote from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    Order is dependent on the extremely personal values of how a person wants to be.

    —Marie Kondo
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    Who should read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?

    • Anyone who dreads cleaning their house
    • Anyone interested in how their surroundings affect their lives
    • Anyone looking for tips on how to be a more effective organizer

    About the Author

    Marie Kondo has spent more than half her life helping people transform their cluttered homes into tidy reflections of their ideal lives. Her professional services and courses are so popular in Japan that people wait three months just to get an appointment. Her books have sold over two million copies and been the subject of a TV movie.

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    The main message of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is to declutter and organize your life for lasting happiness.

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    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is worth reading for its practical advice on decluttering and creating a harmonious living space.

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    The author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is Marie Kondo.

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