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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
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I laughed out loud four times reading this book. Otherwise, it's the ravings of a lunatic. Funniest moments include the author bursting into tears when she discovers a smudge of bathroom slime on the bottom of her shampoo bottle and that she believes if you have 80 rolls of toilet paper in your house, you are a hoarder instead of a Coscto member. This is a woman who has her entire bookshelf in her clothes closet; if I walk into your house and you do not have 200 books laying around that you haven't read yet, I simply don't trust you as a human being. Because you are not. Three stars for unintended humor.
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Robin I also found this pretty humorous and the crying over the slimy shampoo bottle was a highlight. I also wondered at her suggestion that we empty our purses every night, thanking all items for "doing their job."


Catie Monks So happy to read these reviews as its my book group selection for January and I'm afraid they will come to my home and stage an intervention.


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HeatherJay I'm only half way through it and I already feel like a disgusting slob.


Karen Burgess Laurie, I am with you. Also, how many times can you say tidy? tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy,tidy...
http://litlunchbox.com/2016/01/20/tid...


Jenn One thing to keep in mind is that she lives in Japan and her clients are primarily Japanese. Her book had to have a translator. You can tell in some of the readings that some of her clients have very small, traditional Japanese homes and to have 80 rolls of toilet paper would consume the living space.


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Emily You would love our house. It is FILLED with books we intend to read. Your review is hilarious.


Allison I have very few books in my house yet I read plenty. I pay property taxes to my local library; why waste money on books I may not ever read? Or will only read once. I don't understand the idea that true bookworms have to own every book they've ever read.


message 8: by Nina (new)

Nina well, O go to my library a lot but also own tons of book. There are books it just makes me happy to own, to know I can pick them up and read out of them any time. I like my library but also like my book shelf that is filled to over flowing.


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Carol I felt so much better after reading this book - laughter is the best medicine! A house with one litle bookshelf of books - in the closet yet - is a sad place no matter how much joy your underwear brings.


Laurie Notaro Allison wrote: "I have very few books in my house yet I read plenty. I pay property taxes to my local library; why waste money on books I may not ever read? Or will only read once. I don't understand the idea that..."

It's really good to support authors you love. From someone in the publishing business, it's all about numbers. If an author doesn't sell, they don't get another contract. It's as simple as that.


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Laurie Notaro Jenn wrote: "One thing to keep in mind is that she lives in Japan and her clients are primarily Japanese. Her book had to have a translator. You can tell in some of the readings that some of her clients have ve..."

Well, I live here. And so do about six million people who bought her book here. I have a sneaky suspicion that even if she lived in a 2,000 sf house, her rules would still apply.


Caryl Moran I brought this book home from the Library to read for some hints that I might add to my keeping order in my now smaller residence.
My only question is "What is it like to live with a person who obviously spends every moment obsessing over the contents of her Home?"


Sophie I totally agree with your sentence " if I walk into your house and you do not have 200 books laying around that you haven't read yet, I simply don't trust you as a human being. Because you are not."
I could never throw away my books, even the ones I don't really like.


Nikki I use my library...but I understand the though!


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Rose Burgess Allison! You go girl! The library is the best!


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Carla Laurie
Do all the readers a favor and mention that your full review of this book is included in your recent book "Housebroken". I loved it SO much I have been following people around reading it aloud to them. Hilarious review with some really good insights!


David Ha ha ha, thank you for "...if I walk into your house and you do not have 200 books laying around that you haven't read yet, I simply don't trust you as a human being. Because you are not."


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Edit I have several hundreds of books, but I read them all. Right after buying them. I just can't see a pont in buying books and not reading them. :)


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