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Consultant Marie Kondo’s first book, the New York Times bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, created a worldwide, cult-like following of “Konverts.” Kondo’s “KonMari” method of tidying is a spiritual more than a practical quest. In this sequel, the decluttering guru provides a detailed, illustrated guide to help you navigate every step of your tidying journey. Once you complete her process, Kondo promises, you’ll like yourself more, acquire a deeper appreciation for your possessions, attain inner peace and even put your love life in order. The attraction of unburdening yourself of excess – and curating a home that’s a sanctuary filled with things you love – is easy to understand. However, this all-or-nothing approach is not for the faint of heart; it requires a major commitment. Kondo assures followers that once you complete it, the transformation is permanent: She boasts of a “zero rebound rate.” Perhaps having too much stuff is a rich-people problem, but decades of unrestrained consumerism affect people of every income. getAbstract recommends this charming tidying-up guide to people seeking order in their lives and tranquility in their homes.

About the Author

Tidying expert and consultant Marie Kondo wrote the New York Times bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

 

Kondo writes with elegant minimalism and brevity, even when presenting her more incongruous ideas – such as that once you’ve read a book you should get rid of it, or that you should address your screwdrivers aloud and thank them for their service. She presents these notions in the same matter-of-fact manner with which she describes how to fold and roll socks. Her refusal to explain somehow makes these concepts seem almost reasonable.

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