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I am in the middle of reading this ebook on my iPhone Kindle app at lunch. This book has inspired me to clear a lot of my clutter (old clothes I never wear, old books I don't like, makeup I don't use, etc.) - and I feel better and have more room in my condo as a result.
I recommend this book to all my close friends and relatives who I know are interested in personal growth. Shedding my "stuff" is the best form of therapy. The first time I read the book I donated 8 (huge) garbage bags of clothes and felt so free. It is an ongoing process and I love it.
Great book. I keep giving it as a gift. It's short, easy to read, practical and makes sense. If you are looking for a guide of how to simplify your life by getting rid of things, decluttering and being more thoughtful about what you buy --this book is very helpful. I read it about fifteen years ago and looking back I realize it changed my life. I wasn't a pack rat but like most people, I had stuff that took up space and needed more space. It helped me look at what I have and evaluate what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to clear from my home. This in turn made me evaluate my purchases and be more discriminating on what I bought going is book changed how I live my life and I find the decluttering is an ongoing process for both 'things' and all the abstract stuff like how I spend my time, what I am filling my space and life with, etc. I like how Karen Kingston changed my thinking.
I could not be more thankful for finding this book. I have tried many others, and could not seem to adapt to their methods and suggestions. Maria Kondo seems to have been born to clean, that’s not me, and her suggestion to do it all at once assumes you don’t have that much work to do. She’s great for another yep of person but Karen Kingston spoke to the heart of the matter. It was immediately clear to me that she understands the minds and hearts of the clutter-bound who are overwhelmed and willing but don’t know how or where to start or proceed. She describes the mental/spiritual crisis and the cycle of how clutter perpetuates more clutter in a way that makes more sense than any other I’ve read. She speaks to the fang shut principles of energetic stuckness and accurately connects it to life circumstances that tend to manifest because of e proof for me is in the result. I have daily steadily enjoyed the lightness of moving more and more stuff out of my space. I especially appreciate the categories she outlines they differ from the mainstream ideas you hear every day. I have recently got great mileage out of the unfinished category. I was surprised to find that it applies to a lot of what lives in my apt taking up space and making me feel guilty for procrastinatin and sad and discouraged because it’s been there so long. This book has changed the biggest problem I have been hiding from for more that a decade. I hope it helps you too.
Amazing book! By following the principles in this book, you will not only enjoy an uncluttered and clean environment, but decluttering and using the Feng Shui techniques in this book will literally clear the space for the miraculous. Get ready to declutter and transform!
I just don't want to stop. This book is great for motivating you and helping you to clear out your junk. Makes it a lot easier to cull things out. Thanks!
It's a fantastic book, easy to read and it really changed my way of thinking. It motivated me to keep my house tidy and organised and it's amazing how much better it makes me feel.
I really enjoyed this book. It has practical, simple steps for organizing your home. My one objection is that there is way too much in here to accomplish in one month, which makes the title very misleading. For those of us moving from disorganization, to organized, many of the "daily" assignments will take all day. Which in practice can mean a month of Saturdays. Some of the assignments can be accomplished in an hour or two. However, those of us with jobs and families will need well more than a month to work through these tasks.
This isn't the first 31 days to clean up your house book. I've read some of the others as well. I went in to it thinking it would be well written and have Ruth's unique voice added to it, but it wouldn't say anything new. Mostly I was right. However, the book is laid out in a very easy to use format. She breaks down the 31 days into small tasks. She explains why each area is important to keep clean and clutter free. She also is smart in dividing the 31 days. The junk drawer gets its own day. A medicine cabinet gets its own day. At the end I was surprised to see digital things included. Organizing your digital files is important. Not something I have ever seen in a declutter list. I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons. The pictures included, while helpful, are not high quality. They are a bit grainy. Not the end of the world, but it does detract from the overall book. Also, the 31 day challenge is available for free on Ruth's website. So the book isn't entirely necessary. However if you want to have the whole challenge in one place in an easy to reference book, then this will work great for you.
Provides a good summary of how to break out the hard job of decluttering. Nothing we may not already know but certainly if you attack each room as suggested it would give you a good strategy towards achieving your goal.
Ruth Soukup has written a book in 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life that is definitely worth reading. She presents straight forward steps to help tame the clutter. Each day is broken down into easy-to-follow steps. I definitely recommend reading this book.
While I didn't find this book as motivating as Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, it did provide easy to follow ideas and segmented decluttering into manageable chunks. I liked how it walked you through each room in the house and parts of the room (closet, drawers, etc.) It also spun off into decluttering life in various ways, like getting rid of old regrets, guilt, etc. While helpful, I suppose it wasn't quite what I was looking for in a read, so I skimmed over those parts. I did accomplish a lot of purging while reading this!
I liked this book very much. Easy to read and follow and not too big! Thus, it does not take a lot of time to read. It inspired me to follow the instructions right away! I recommend it to anyone who needs to eliminate either a little clutter or a lot.
This book was recommended to me from a friend and I am so glad I purchased it. I didn't do the workbook like you are supposed to do along with the book, but it was great reading the chapters and going from room to room and throwing stuff out. I felt so relieved to get rid of junk that was overtaking my life. My life and house felt so much simpler and now I think twice before I decide to save something.
I'm not a young Mom just starting out. I'm an older person with years of bad habits under my belt. If "I" can find something that inspires me as much as this wonderful young woman and her smart, sassy, silly, nurturing, down to earth style then everyone will. I saw myself in her pages just as I've seen myself in her YouTube videos. I've already made big changes and am reaping the benefits.. As we age we might not have the patience or energy on some days to run around like a chicken with our heads cut off trying to find that "whatchathingy" we KNOW we own. We get tired of wasting time finding that bill or coupon or list we KNOW we JUST saw. With the kid years behind us we often yearn for peace and a tidy organized home. Cass knows how we feel and she has an idea how to fix it. No little shrines to your ratty tee shirts, no goodbye notes to your chipped plates . This is a book for those of us who don't have time for that foolishness..we want to live our lives and DO short we want our homes to serve us not the other way around. THANK YOU Cass for putting into words what we know in our hearts, Oh and as final note..the book is pretty and will look lovely on your clean bookshelf
I usually don't write reviews. The most I usually do is rate something after Amazon sends me an email. I am paying it for by writing one for this book. I am also returning a favor to all the reviewers I depend on before buying something on Amazon. I love this book. It is a fast read. The author is funny and it has lots of pictures. I read it in 3 days. I don't usually finish reading books either. I could have read it in one day but I have 3 kids and a job. I was so inspired to declutter that I started decluttering after only reading half the book at work when I got home the same evening. It's changed my life. No exaggeration. I have several books on decluttering and organizing, including Marie kondo and Peter walsh, this is the best one. I feel in control. The author, cas aarssen, gives detailed advice on where to start and what kind of "clutterbug" you are. I wanted to suggest my favorite chapter but the whole book is great advice. The picture I added is her in/out system. Learn about it in her book. I paid for this book. I did not get it for free. I also subscribe to her YouTube channel.
I've read many organizing books and this is by far the BEST! She offers REALISTIC organizing ideas! It's not some unattainable Pinterest facade...but what a working mom and wife like myself can Attain! I was blown away when saw that the back of the book was filled with lists, charts, and guides that she herself uses, and she provided them for us 👍🏼 I will be buying a few more to give away. I can not say enough great things about this book! I truly hope this is one of many more to come from this author. 5 stars all the way!
I was very disappointed in this lady. I was interested in her book as well as her promise of "recipes" for home cleaning solutions. The process didn't work, never got the solutions even after repeated attempts. Would not recommend this book or her promises. What happened to customer service? Sad.
We can’t take our stuff with us. So when we go, somebody has to clean up all the stuff we leave behind. Margareta Magnusson wrote this book to work out that problem. She says sort it out yourself before you e says that death cleaning is not a sad thing to do, as she walks you step by step through eliminating things you need, don’t want, or don’t have room for. She says that remembering the history of each item one last time can actually be me practical tips include: start by checking the items by your front door; do the large items first; choose the clothes category early e also suggests you don’t wait too long.Once you get things under control, you can enjoy life even more. Magnusson says, “Death cleaning is not about dusting or mopping up; it is about a permanent form of organization that makes your everyday life run more smoothly.”I recommend this book to anyone who is ready to downsize their belongings and upsize their living. (My thanks to NetGalley for the review copy of this book.)
I will admit to having a tortured relationship with stuff. I grew up in a cluttered house and married the King of Clutter (he's the type of person who'll open a credit card bill, pay it online, and then just leave the empty envelope, inserts, and bill itself randomly strewn on whatever surface happens to be nearby). I don't like the disorder of clutter, but dealing with it is such a soul-sucking experience that I haven't gotten very far. Many days I semi-wish the whole place would burn down and save me from having to deal with it.Typically I'll catch an episode of Hoarders, fear that I'm one incapacitating injury away from being the focus of an episode (if I can't clean up all those strewn papers, they'll just pile up to the rafters, after all!), and then go through a stack of junk in a fit of unhappiness. Not the best way to deal with it rie Kondo's book is the opposite of that. It's a breath of fresh air and positive energy that brings real joy to the process of "tidying up."I was only about halfway through before I tackled my clothes. She's right to begin there. My clothes are all mine (which also means that they're in nowhere near as terrible a state as other things in my house), so going through them affects only me and involves only my own feelings. Her advice may sound silly at first, but if your belongings inspire feelings of unhappiness, guilt, etc., her anthropomorphism of them can really help you change your viewpoint in a positive direction. I finished up with three bags for Goodwill and one for the garbage man. My drawers and closet, which were never very messy, are now exactly as I want them, and I feel fantastic!My one quibble with her instructions has to do with folding. I've always disliked rolls of items. Instead, I fold so I can line things up like files. This makes it easy to pull things out without everything falling over. For my five-year-old, I fold his t-shirts so the front image is visible on the fold, then file them in the drawer so he can see exactly which shirt is which. (Here's an example: [...]) This works well for socks as well as t-shirts, pajamas, st of her advice and content is really focused on a Japanese audience. There are many things in the book that won't translate as well culturally for a Western/American readership. For example, she suggests that you greet your home much as you would a Shinto shrine. That is likely to carry a different level of meaning for someone in Japan than in the U.S. Other references to spiritual practice and feng-shui are not likely to resonate the same way for an American audience. I even wonder if the preference for rolling clothes is cultural, since I have such a strong reaction against it and instead prefer folding and filing!The examples in the book also tend toward the childless female. There is a lot of discussion of travel toiletries, but very little about kitchen utensils, toys, or other items found most often in a family home. The home workshop, which is a particular problem in my home, gets no mention at all. Don't Japanese people own countless drills, boxes of screws, and electrical tape?But the reason for reading this book is not the specific advice about t-shirts and cupboards. It's about changing your relationship with the stuff you own. The tone of her book is so upbeat and positive, it's infectious. It's hard to keep reading it to the end, because you want to jump up and start using her methods immediately. I had little trouble adjusting her suggestions to match my own cultural perspective and physical the book she mentions that it'll take 6 months to fully tidy your home so that everything left inspires joy. I'm now a week in, and 6 months seems like hardly enough time to tackle all the junk in my house, but I can fully see how this can be a life-changing process.
Marie Kondo says something to the effect of: If you read this book and feel as though it is you, then it is meant to be. Not a direct quote, but something that resignates with me as I read some of the negative reviews. This book spoke to me, it was truly magic. When I moved 9 months ago, I took approx 3 car loads of belongings to goodwill, thinking that I had done a darn good job of getting rid of unnecessary items. Yet still, my home continued to be rather cluttered and storage spaces felt messy no matter how much I tried to organize. I have read a multitude of books and articles, searched on Pinterest and other sites about organization. Read things on minimalism that were just unrealistic to me. I wanted to be more minimalist, but just couldn't get myself to only own 12 items in my kitchen. Nothing was quite right. Marie addresses all of these problems in her book and why they may or may not work. When I started reading I thought that I might be able to find a few things to discard and some new ways to organize the clutter I currently have. This was definitely, not the case. I purchased this book on Friday and have only tackled the category of clothing and 1 "catch all " bedroom I had because I had a guest coming to stay. I'm not even finished with those 2 places in my home and I have 2 large sized black garbage bags full, 4 smaller trash bags full, 1 medium sized box, and 3 of those reusable sized shopping bags and a pile of clothes still on the floor, all ready to leave my house. If you had asked me yesterday how many pairs of shoes I owned, I would have answered "maybe 20-25". When I took EVERY SINGLE shoe in my house and laid it out on the floor - not missing a single pair - it was eye opening, this is the magic of it. Taking a single category of item and laying it all out for you to truly see it. 59 pairs of shoes in all laid in front of me when I did this, some that I don't even remember purchasing or owning. Which is sad because I organized them all 9 months ago... I am happy to say I am down to 26 pairs right now. I even put 2 pairs that I had chosen to keep in the discard pile this morning after thinking "they are still new and cute" and then remembering why I never wore them after attempting to wear them to work (we didn't even make it out of the house before they were discarded). This book is definitely life changing magic. It helped me get past a ton of my emotions and just basic thoughts about my things and why I "needed" them or should just "keep" them whether I needed them or not, and gave me the permission I needed to discard them. If it speaks to you, enjoy it. If it does not speak to you, return it or donate it to someone it will speak to.
I'm somewhat of a self-help book addict. I was browsing Pinterest one day and stumbled upon the "konmari method" and was intrigued, so I bought this book for kindle and read it in about an hour. I always thought I was a very organized person (because everything I owned had a designated, labelled place and my house was always super clean), but after reading this book I realized I was nothing more than a skilled hoarder. I locked myself in my house for 6 straight weeks (seriously, only came out for absolute necessary obligations and appointments) and decluttered the ever-living hell out of my house. The only thing that slowed me down was waiting for every Tuesday to roll around when the big donation truck would come and haul off all my unwanted items, or waiting for every Monday for the trash collection. I probably discarded well over 100 bags of clutter in that 6 weeks and earned over $400 selling the big-ticket items via social media, which I used to make my house prettier. I also donated an entire trunk full of books, CDs, and DVDs to my local library. My home's available storage used to be completely maxed out, and now I have empty drawers everywhere! I also have no less than 40 completely empty plastic storage bins in my garage that were previously full of clutter (and the storage bins are the next thing that will be sold!). Reading this book was life-changing. While I didn't follow it to the T (I do not thank my socks for their service every day LOL), it is the best feeling in the world to look around a room and realize you love every single item in said room. I no longer feel weighed down by "stuff". I still have a few odds and ends to finish up in my house, but I'm about 90% done at this point and loving it. I never knew getting rid of things could be so addicting. I also never thought I was the kind of person who could ever throw away a photo, but by the time I got to the sentimental items category, I discarded an entire garage can full of photos without hesitation and it felt great!
I rarely write reviews, but this book truly sparked something in me that I feel compelled to share. The basic concept is to only surround yourself with things that spark joy. Decide what you want to keep, not necessarily what you want to throw away. I have bought other organization or purging books in hopes of getting my cluttered home in order. This book was the only one that I read all the way through and actually put into practice. The anthropomorphism in this book spoke to me for some reason. While I don't believe socks are alive, her concept of freeing socks in their tight, little bundles and letting them rest because they work hard for you makes perfect sense to me. In other words, don't stretch out your socks because you want them to last as long as possible. Care for your items as if they were "real" and not only will your items last longer, but you will feel better having done so. The book really is about being happier. Cleaning out your clutter and the process she describes is truly life changing in ways I cannot explain. I am about 2 weeks into my de cluttering and I am much happier in my home. I have donated and discarded over 6 large bags of items. While I usually feel guilt over letting objects go, her process and explanations have freed me of that. She has wonderful folding and storage techniques as well. My children and husband love the work I have done thus far and it is causing them to start the process on their items. An unexpected surprise for me (and total joy to my husband) is my newfound frugality while shopping. I used to be a borderline shopaholic. But now, I truly just buy things I want around me. I think differently as I shop. I know it's a change that will last. It's strange but true. Marie Kondo is not only an expert on the art of de cluttering, but she is also an expert on human behavior and how to change it. I am a believer in her methods, and fan. She's amazing. The book is well worth it.
I know a secret. If you have too much stuff and it’s bugging you then get rid of it. All of it. Well, nearly all of it. Save a few things but only the things you absolutely love, the things that spark joy within your being (you’ll know it when you feel it, says the author) and don’t bring more things into the house unless you love and/or need them. Don’t think you can do that? Well, never mind is author wants you to be absolutely ruthless with your possessions and do it in one fell swoop. Don’t dilly-dally and put certain unpleasant things off. Absolutely do not waste money buying “storage solutions”. Just get rid of your stuff and you won’t have to store it or dust it or leave it there to feel bad for itself. Now, none of this is a bad thing (though the last might be a wee bit kooky) and honestly I’m all for it. I had way too much crap lying about and it was driving me crazy. Broken crap, ugly crap, gifted crap, crap that had been there so long it was invisible to me. But this book has a problem and it is a BIG one that I’m betting many of you here on this site may take issue with as ep #2, you see, is books. BOOKS! Step freaking two is BOOKS. As you can probably easily imagine, I am stuck here on step #2 because, well, it’s a call to action to rid myself of my precious books! I’ve been collecting books since I was twelve years old. I have a lot of books but I’m afraid I may love them all.#1 was clothes, shoes, accessories and that was a breeze. Who needs clothes taking up space that could hold a few books? This was easy, thought I. My closet was done in an hour or so. Everything culled, sorted and color coded and folded all nice and tidy-like. I could blow through this, thought I. A zen and clutter-free life was within my grasp. I had this. Then step #2 happened and I was instructed to rid myself of all of the books I have loved before (but may not love again) and all of the books I have not read yet. Uh oh. I was told to remove my TBR pile(s) from my life. Forever. And almost always. She’ll allow you to re-buy digitally if you are pining away and dying of sadness for it. I was instructed to touch each one and see if it sparked that apparently not-so-elusive feeling of joy within me. Trouble is they all kind of did. I suppose I am broken. I tried folks, I truly did. I took pictures and even posted them online in an attempt to humiliate myself into following through. I even went so far as removing a gigantor bookshelf, stocked three piles deep, floor-to-ceiling, from my room as well as an armoire I no longer needed. I have to admit my room looks and feels calms and free and spacious. The bookshelf now neatly resides in my basement. I pulled off all of the books and starting sorting them but it made me incredibly sad to think about tossing them out of my house where they might potentially end up in a trash/recycle bin (according to the author everything has feelings so how could I allow this? Better they be a little lonesome on my shelf than DEAD, right?!). Instead of tossing them into bags, I started arranging them by color (which she wants you to do with clothes) and then I put all but a dozen or so back up on the shelves. They look happy and pretty and they brighten the back wall of the basement. I have decided that I am keeping them. They are my one and only vice and I work hard. They are not clutter.I think I shall pretend that step 2 was nothing but a fever ter I was revived with sniffing salts I got back to business. So next comes all of the other stuff which I can easily part ways with; the paper, the stuff no one ever eats, the gadgets (my days of bread baking are over), the broken things that we’ve been thinking we’ll fix someday, the mementos, pictures and all the other useless crapola that has been residing in the basement since we moved in a million years ago. I’ve removed countless bags of trash and several car loads of “stuff” and hauled them to Goodwill and I miss none of it. It is so much easier to clean my house now. I haven’t followed this plan as written, it’s difficult when you live with several other people, so we still have some bins and crud to get to but now I'm inspired to keep at is book will give you some unique tools and I do recommend it if you skip step two or perhaps save it for last, if you’re anything like me. She has a nifty way of folding clothes that helped me fit everything into a few drawers and will keep me in check if I decide I need more yoga pants. You really do see just how much of each clothing category you own when you pile them all on the bed/floor and separate them into their own little categories. She doesn’t declutter by room but by category. This stops you from getting stuck (on pictures or mementos which are left for the end) and forces you to deal with an entire category and actually finish the job so you never have to do it again. She also tells you to start with a clear vision of your end result. That bit of advice has helped me e author clearly has an obsession with tidying. She does not deny this. Apparently, she’s been this way since she was a wee, strange child and goes into great detail at the beginning of book about her childhood hobby of “tidying”. This makes the start a bit of a slog. I found some of her beliefs a little quirky and I will not be emptying my bag out each night so my stuff can “breathe” only to put everything back in come morning (what the?!) but if you can overlook some of the odd things she says, you’ll more than likely find something here to help you out.
I've never really purged my belongings in my life. I've had professional organizers come in and try to help me...but I've been reluctant to throw away papers, clothes, and books. I've always been a bit bewildered by the people who know how to sort things out; knowing what to keep and what to give away. I felt that I never had the organizing gene and so would forever live with documents from childhood, as well as old plates that were given by friends. I struggled with the clothes gifted by my parents, knowing that my taste was different, but that I couldn't really get rid of their gifts.Well, after reading through this book, my life has truly changed. I've started to sort out my entire life...one day at a time, category by 1: I sorted out my clothes, keeping only the clothes that bring me joy. It took an entire day and 6 black bags later, my wardrobe suddenly took up half the 2: I folded my clothes in the KonMari style (with help from Marie Kondo's YouTube videos) and was flabbergasted at how beautiful my drawers looked, and how easy it 3: I tackled my books and whittled down 3 bookshelves to 1 bookshelf. My son got involved and managed to whittle down his entire room in no time (he's so much less emotionally attached than I am to my belongings)Day 4: I tackled the first of 40+ boxes of documents...and the first thing to go was all my notes from business school and random courses that I'd taken. What a joy to be rid of all those notes which I felt that I would need for sure for work. I now realize that google/friends will come to my rescue if I really need those notes, but also, that I learned what I was meant to learn during those 4+: I'm still working on all the documents but I took a break to paint furniture, detail my car, get my will signed, and teach my son to fold (and amazingly he enjoyed seeing all his clothes stand up once folded). And I did subcategory tidying up every 's now been about a week since I received my book and I'm amazed at how far I've come. I've always procrastinated with these organizing tasks, but once I started to get organized, I found a new lease on life. I want to properly take care of my belongings and myself. It's incredibly liberating to give 20+ trash bags of my life to Goodwill and start anew.I highly recommend not just reading this book, but starting with just one category (or subcategory) of tidying. It's truly remarkable what has opened up for me by reading and implementing the methods of this d luck!
I found this book totally charming and a refreshing take on tidying/de-cluttering. I had a look at some of the negative reviews and in my opinion many of these stem from a shallow reading coupled with unfamiliarity with Japanese culture and living conditions. While I don't claim to be an expert on Japanese culture, I have been there multiple times and visited ordinary Japanese apartments and homes so I am familiar with the typical architecture and home layout. Some things that might help you decide whether the book is for you:Bear in mind that this book was originally written for a Japanese audience. For me, that was one of the most charming things about it. I loved getting a different cultural perspective on organization. The Japanese generally live in very tiny dwellings (by American standards) so I figured if anyone would know how to declutter and organize effectively it would be a Japanese tidying appears, however, that some other readers are not so comfortable with a non-Western perspective. I see some reviewers mocking the notion that "inanimate" objects have feelings. In Japan, these things are not considered "inanimate." Hence you'll see signs asking that you not walk on the grass because it will hurt the grass' feelings, or not to dispose of cigarette butts in the street for the same reason. I'm not saying every Japanese person believes this (anymore than every American Christian goes to church), but there are those who sincerely believe objects are animate, in accordance with Shinto tradition, and Kondo seems to be one of them. If you don't share that belief, just use it as a psychological or imaginative exercise or me of the basic ideas behind the "KonMari" system have been described in press reports about the book. If all you want are the basic guidelines without any context or explanation of why they should be used, don't buy the book, just search for a couple articles about it on the internet. But the method is quite different from conventional wisdom (an oxymoron if ever there was one) about tidying and organization, so I needed to understand the reasoning behind it. Like many people, I have tidied a zillion times in my life and it never st of all, this is not just a book with some handy home organization tips. It is not about the daily (more or less) cleanup that comes with living. It's not Martha Stewart. Note the "Life-Changing" part of the title--that's the point of the book. Bringing your material possessions, your home, and your desired lifestyle into alignment through consciously changing your relationship with stuff. If that sounds good to you, you'll enjoy this book.
This book is truly AMAZING!! It makes you think of the "stuff" that you have in a totally different mindset. And I recommend this book to EVERYONE. I want to preface this review to say that I have lived in Japan for the last 4 years and still am. What @#$%es me off about the bad reviews about this book is mostly cultural. First, Japanese houses are TINY and most Japanese apartments are even smaller. They are also nothing like American houses. The bathrooms have the shower/tub toilet and sink in one open wet room. When she speaks about taking everything out of the bathroom so it doesn't get slimy it's because it will in aday. Most places do not have central air. So when she speaks of must and mildew it's a real thing. Anything stored will smell within a few e complaining about the anamorphisizing of objects, just stop. You know nothing of Japan and its people. They appreciate and respect everything, people, pets, children, flowers trees and their hard earned things and they really don't believe in wasting anything. You aren't gonna burn in hell if you hug your favorite 20 year old threadbare sweater before you get rid of it. And you don't have to talk to your socks. But by God it will change how you feel about the things you truly treasure.I will say I agree that tidying one time and being done forever is not realistic for a family with kids. When she wrote it she was a singleton in Tokyo. She now is married with a baby so let's wait and see what changes in the next 3 years and she writes Konmari for kids.But From the minute I was done reading this book I started clearing time to start "tidying". After spending 7 hours going through every single item of clothing I owned, I had the closet of my dreams and a wardrobe that I ter a month I finished tidying every category with the exception of CDs which need to be downloaded and pictures which are now organized by year but need to be put in binders and make year books for the digital that my house is TOTALLY organized, including my husband jumping on the bandwagon and doing all of his stuff, even he says our house is amazing. And he tells people all the time how remarkable the change is. And truly, our house wasn't that bad before. As for the kiddos. No, she doesn't really address toys and the never ending purge of outgrown clothes but I put a system in place to address all of this. The toys get rotates out every few months. And the junk gets pitched and the classics stay. All the clothes I saved from the 6 year old is organized in plastic storage drawers by size and season. The 2 year old has a basket for outgrow clothes and when full, they get bagged and given to friends who want then. The 6 year old has an out grown basket and when it's full I go through it and either put it in the storage drawers or its trashed or donated depending on wear. sum up, buy the book. If there are things that don't apply, don't do them. But the mindset of keeping what you love and getting rid of the rest is the key to happiness. I'm a KONVERT!!!
So: the super excellent life-changing magic of tidying up... Here's the gist, the writer, Marie Kondo, is a professional organizer, who goes around Japan to help people get rid of clutter and organize what's left of it. If you think all Japanese are all minimal and zen, think again! They are just as messy as the rest of us. And they have even less space. That is, until Marie has visited. She doesn't sell storage solutions, she wants you to have so little you don't need storage rie is Shinto and so thanks all her stuff when using it, after using it and when throwing it out. I thought it was brilliant. I am not a Shinto animist, but I am "barking mad", and one reason I cannot get rid of stuff is that I feel sorry for the stuff that gets discarded. Marie has a different take, on storing and keeping o examples: Gifts: their purpose is to be gifted, to be received and to bring pleasure. Once that has been accomplished they are ready to move on. Which immediately negates the guilt you would otherwise feel in getting rid of a gift. Clothes: their purpose is to make you comfortable and look good, if they get old you thank them and let them move on. If they were a mistake and did not make you look good you thank them for teaching you what doesn't suit you and you let them goThe key is: "Does this give you joy". And this works for all kinds of stuff, and papers, and books and mementos. You start from easy to difficult, I did do the easiest category: my clothes. I piled them in a large heap and looked aghast at the enormous amount I actually had, and then I took everything in my hand to see if it brought me "joy". If not you can let it move cause; things, clothes, stuff which are stored in dark places are not ey are not fulfilling their purpose. And the fact that they are there, slowly mouldering away in darkness will weigh on your mind. Out of sight is not out of r me this is perfect. This is exactly how I feel about stuff, about storing stuff, and now I can suddenly let them go and feel really good about it. So I did phase one, my clothes. I happily got rid of half of my clothes, shoes, etc.Another excellent tool the book gave me is "how to fold clothes". Yes, the mind boggles but luckily there is You-tube where the writer actually demonstrates what she means.And gosh! Does it work!!!! I now not only can fold beautifully, I actually enjoy folding my clothes! It used to be one of my biggest nightmares! But, within half an hour of watching the videos, I was brilliant at it! And it is a joy to open my drawers! All the clothes are there, clearly seen and easily chosen. You also stand all the folded clothes on one end, so you don't stack, so when you open a drawer you see the top of every see, clothes don't like to be crumpled, or squashed at the bottom of the pile. So the extra benefit is that all my clothes are now very happy too!The next phase, the second easiest, should be books, but for me books are very emotional, and sort of holy, so they will have to be one of the last projects I tackle. There is no reason not to be flexible, easiest first, and ''Komono'' (read the book) are definitely easier for me than books. But the magic of tidying up is working already... I come across books which I didn't want to get rid off, which I have been lugging around for decades, and suddenly I realize, "This particular book brings me no joy.... It can go!"I suppose it is clear that I really love this book and as long as it gives me joy it will remain on my bookshelves!The book itself is very pretty and a pleasure to hold, it is well printed on decent paper with an easy to read typeface. It is quite small and well bound in a hard cover.
This is the best book/audio that has changed my life when it comes to getting rid of clutter. I struggled all my life to keep my place clean and organized. I even read so many books on organizing and I still went back to my old self of being messy. Having a clean place has been a yearly and a daily goal for all my life until I found this book. Now, it's so easy and everything is already so tidy. It's been over three months now and I have not rebounded as in the book. Here are the transitions I went through as I was applying the konmarie method.1. Goal/Vision/Decision - It took me over three reads/listens to finally decide on applying this method. I took the plunge because she mentioned that it's one time thing and you will never rebound. She also says it's like being under a waterfall. and it's so True. I have not rebounded and it is like being under a waterfall. The goal was very clear: do it one time.2. Motivation - Having a good goal/vision made this part easy. Yes. It was hard going through all my clothes. It was actually sad saying goodbye to all the clothes with good memories, and it took me two weeks to actually give away all the clothes I had in the bags. But, when I look in my closet, it brings so much joy even though it's been now 3 months. The paper part was the hardest, yet I was motivated with the end goal in mind. Also, watching videos of organizing really helped. I learned how to fold my clothes the konmarie way.3. Action Steps - I thought this was one of the best parts of the book. She gives very easy steps. 1. Throw/donate if it does not bring joy. If it brings joy, keep it. 2. Find a home for the things. Two simple steps I could do. The second step came automatically when I followed her method of folding and putting light colors in the front in shoe boxes. I also spent time and money to organize the house as I moved along like purchasing new kitchen cabinet liners. The best thing I purchased is plastic 3-drawers for the cabinetry for the ziplock bags. I took it out of the ziplock boxes and organized it by size. I also put the saran wrap and foil at the top and now it's so organized.4. Result - This book is about having a good foundation when it comes to tidying up. I realized that everything else I did before was a bandaid. It was putting things on a quicksand. This is why it never worked. Now, it takes less than few minutes to clean. Sometimes only 30secs. I know where everything is and I am never looking for things. I find myself enjoying tidying up since it's so pretty when the things are back in it's place. The result part was is book makes so much sense and you will not rebound as she mentions. Just follow what she tells you to do in her book. As you are moving along, you'll be reminded of what she mentioned like "don't you want to be surrounded by only things that bring you joy?" or "this will be one of the life-changing things you do" or "you might completely change your career" etc., is book is by far the best purchase and it is definitely life-changing. Tidying wasn't about my personality at all. It's just about having a simple goal and a good foundation/system.
Yep… I’m one of those people, an absolute hoarder of all things. I have way too much stuff everywhere that I’ve literally collected since my childhood. It has gotten so bad that I’ve pretty much had to invent places for all of it. My wife downloaded his book for me on my kindle, and I was a little skeptical at y, was I is guide is such a gem, it is so much more than just a how-to on decluttering your house. There are so many mental and psychological aspects that it genuinely made my head ter I was instantly able to relate to the introduction, the next few chapters were spot on. There is really no fluff here at all, it’s straight to the point and the method in which the author suggests what things you should and should not keep was absolutely is excellent little guide will give you phenomenal ideas on how to tackle successfully any decluttering task you have. I can’t recommend this enough for people that want to take action and reorganize their home and life.
I'm sure this book was written just for me I could relate to most every part of it especially about how people don't throw anything away because they have good memories attached to them. But it also talks about hoarding and I think I do that too. There is a lot of good ideas in this book to help me learn how to let go of some of my memories by taking a picture of the item, throw it away and then put the photo into a scrapbook or a memory box, there are lots of other practical ideas such as this that I can implement in my challenge to declutter a little.
Ever seen a sucessful persons house? You know, those ultra trendy minimalist modern architecture gems? What do they have in common? No clutter, nothing lying around that is not needed, ultra tidy and almost OCD. Why? Because sucessful people don't have clutter in their lives. They live with what they need and what they want; nothing is book teaches you to do just that. Do you want to be sucessful in life? buy this book if the answer is yes!
This book takes something that seems too simple to write a book on, and manages to get you thinking on how much of the content you absolutely would never think of. Worth the read.
Much of the beginning of the book fit me to a tee. Helping to understand why we keep things that don't bring us joy or, that are useful anymore is the first step in moving forward. Here's to taking the first step! Good bye clutter!
Hi Folks I have just read this book and found it awesome. If you really wana live your life free of clutters then this book brings clear guidelines for you as how to do it. It has lot of information as how to start and what to do. One amazing thing is that it is available on kindle at a very low rate. I recommend it to eers
Loved it. I’ve been a big fan of Cas for several years now. I loved her last book and this one is a must have if you want to get your house and life in order. You’ll love the printable workbook format and easy to follow steps that will start you on the path to a more organized life.
Problems with formatting. For me, this workbook will be unuseable. I'm sorry I wasted my money. I have other books by this author that I've enjoyed,
Very nice book and gave me a lot of comfort. She speaks about how we need to follow our intuition versus get too legalistic and worrisome over all the rules of the traditional art of Fung Shui. This book is actually about updating the art of fung shui to today's period in time. She make the point not to turn yourself into a pretzel and freak out if you have certain issues that violate traditional fung shui. I mean really! What about all those people who research fung shui & find out their facing direction of their home is the worst for them causing bad luck and total loss. REALLY?? Come on! So Denise will provide those people with calm. If you want to read an excellent book that is about the real fung shui try...."Total Fung Shui" by Lillian Too. Together these two books are all you need. Find the middle ground between them and make about a dozen changes and then relax and chill out and watch your life transform because everything is energy and moving things around will change the energy of your life. Its true!! Love it.
Several of us have truly enjoyed this book due to the way the information is presented. We are quite familiar with the subject, but this is refreshing the way the Author makes it Personal. It’s not so much about making NRG flow Properly through a structure or room, but about the Healthy Effect That It has on You! Everything has NRG, so rather than live in negative surroundings, make it Positive and Believe Me You Will See a Marked Difference. It helps to Practice Working on Viewing Life in a Better Light, then you should notice a Marked Difference in Your Health & Accountability. NRG is Permanently in Motion, let it Work for you and help you stay in a “Consciously” Optimistic Life, and Yes It Is Truly Challenging Some of the Time. N-Joy It....🌈
First of all - so glad this book is on Kindle (so I could get rid of the physical book, thereby reducing my physical clutter. LOL)Denise Linn is an expert at so many things, clearing the soul is one of them. I like how she goes beyond regular feng shui, which can have so many rules and restrictions. She puts it simply - "if it feels right, it is good feng shui". Sometimes your soul knows best, even over the field's experts. Denise gives us permission to listen to our own e goes beyond the physical aspects of feng shui. Sometimes the subconscious mind can block feng shui cures. For instance, a client had an issue with rules, so no matter how "correctly" she did feng shui, it was of no use. Her client's own soul was rebelling until her soul could listen to her own intuition. Once the client implemented some insights, her life fell into ere are simple meditations that you can do to free your own subconscious, to get your own answers. Denise is very generous. I've listened to Denise on Hay House on and off for years, and she's always been consistent. She empowers her audience to do the work themselves. Denise is not out to capitalize on others. She says if you don't have the money to hire an expert, you can do the work yourself. She's honest, real, and straightforward. What's not to love?*This particular Kindle version is written British English. (I don't remember if the physical book was the same way or not.)
Package came as expected. Denise Linn is well known for her books on Feng Shui, but this book is an in-depth study of the meaning of color, placement, and all of the effects of placement. Very good information for the aspiring Interior decorator, as well as the home owner.
Yes, this was one of those books that found their way into my hands and the page that I read was "me"!! It was sooooo ME!I just had to get the book, I believed it would have the answers to my dilemma! It did. It does and I've been sharing and passing on this book to anyone who is interested in Feng Shui since. It even inspired me to seek out more Feng Shui information and ultimately take a course in studying it. Today, I practice for friends and "trade" but not as an actual business. We already have a home business that is taking off beautifully. Whenever I apply the Feng Shui techniques, business improves!Marvelous. Insightful. My "bible" of Feng Shui guidance. Truly helpful.Oh, and Denise Linn has a radio show on Hay House every week. I listen whenever I can. She's got great insight. I truly enjoy her!
Lots of great tips in this. It's a spiritual guide to cleansing your home and creating a spiritually uplifting environment. I'm still reading this but I definitely feel more connected to my home when following her techniques. She has a lovely positive way of writing. There's plenty of information and much of it involves interacting with your home and connecting to the energy of your home and your self. This book is not just a discussion on feng shui but a personal guide and will leave you feeling grounded, uplifted , and plenty of ideas on how to clear your space wherever that may be.
In the past I've read or tried to read many Feng Shui books and for the most part they just didn't resonate with me. They felt foreign and I've had a difficult time to find in them any principles or common sense advice to apply. This one, on the other hand, made a lot of sense all the way through and I know I'll be going back to re-read certain chapters over and over again. Thank you, Denise!! :)
Totally messed up now, having to watch commercials in order to even watch movies. To now have them shoved right in your face. Ads in-between the movie selections, ads in-between pages little to much now. it's now just another money honey pot. some is fine, and understandable. a lot is not. to heavy now with ads. soon they will have ads during movie run time. Looks like it might be time to look for another streaming app.