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4.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 5 4.34 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marie Kondo Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781494578947
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[This] mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world.”

    Good Housekeeping (UK)

  • Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic. The New York Times
  • “The Japanese expert’s ode to decluttering is simple and easy to follow.”


  • “Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?”

    USA Today

  • ”A brief and bracing practical guide.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic.”

    New York Times

  • “[It is] enough to salute Kondo for her recognition of something quietly profound: that mess is often about unhappiness and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it…Its strength is its simplicity.”

    Times (London)

  • “Advocates an approach that enables you to make your living space more livable and teaches you how keep it that way. An artful tidying plan.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Narrator Emily Woo Zeller captures the voice of author Marie Kondo so perfectly that it’s as if the Japanese de-cluttering guru is speaking in person. Zeller uses delightful character voices during quotes from Kondo’s clients, conveys the wry humor in how tidying can actually change your life, and evokes a Zen-like quality to the advice on letting clutter go with gratitude. Zeller expertly conveys the author’s obsession with tidying, along with her self-effacing humor and nonjudgmental outlook…This audiobook is perfect for listeners looking for inspiration as well as those who enjoy Japanese culture. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of 2014 in Craft, Home & Garden
  • A Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Top Selection for Best Audiobooks
  • An Audible.com bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/6/2018

    " This author very likely has OCD, but if you take to heart some of her suggestions, it really was easy to get rid of stuff and if you follow through with organizations strategies, it really works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacynthe | 9/13/2017

    " Didn't particularly like the voice of the narrator and think it would help to have a visual guide as reference (especially when going through how to fold clothes). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R.Taylor | 11/10/2016

    " Helped me see things from a different point of view! Excited to put it in to action! Different from other books I have read/listened to on this subject! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 5/17/2016

    " Very good book with a lot of good tips. "

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About the Author

Marie “KonMari” Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. She has been featured on more than thirty major Japanese television and radio programs and in the Sunday Times, Red magazine, You magazine, the New York Times, USA Today, NPR’s Here & Now, Slate, Family Circle, and the London Times, who has deemed her “Japan’s preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter.”

About the Narrator

Emily Woo Zeller is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, voice-over artist, actor, dancer, and choreographer. She began her voice-over work dubbing for film and television in Southeast Asia, where she resided, although her training as a performing artist began in her native Los Angeles, California. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.