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Jan 30, 2016

Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

In the #1 New York Times and International best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, author and Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo leads readers through a step-by-step guide she calls her KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing and storing.

In the book, Kondo promises that once you perform her method of properly simplifying and organizing your home, you will never have to do it again. It must work—she reports that none of her clients have lapsed into their old habits, and continue to improve their spaces.

What differs in her approach is that while many organizing professionals advocate a section-by-section approach that never seems to end, Kondo’s KonMari Method espouses a category-by-category system where everything you own in that particular category is gathered and dealt with, either by storing, recycling or disposal. Categories include clothing, socks, books, papers, sentimental items, photos, and more.

Kondo explores motivations for messiness, psychological benefits of tidiness, and the creation of areas in your home that “spark joy,” (which happens to be the title of her next book released in January 2016.) She also shows readers how the living space affects the body, anxiety levels, relationships, and even your good fortune.

“A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective,” she says. “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs in order, and your past in order, too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t, and what you should and shouldn’t do.”

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