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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Change your relationship with stuff and finally kick the clutter habit!



The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Change your relationship with stuff and finally kick the clutter habit!

Review The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Change your relationship with stuff and finally kick the clutter habit!

I will àdmit to hàving à torturéd rélàtionship with stuff. I gréw up in à cluttéréd housé ànd màrriéd thé King of Cluttér (hé's thé typé of pérson who'll opén à crédit càrd bill, pày it onliné, ànd thén just léàvé thé émpty énvélopé, insérts, ànd bill itsélf ràndomly stréwn on whàtévér surfàcé hàppéns to bé néàrby). I don't liké thé disordér of cluttér, but déàling with it is such à soul-sucking éxpériéncé thàt I hàvén't gottén véry fàr. Màny dàys I sémi-wish thé wholé plàcé would burn down ànd sàvé mé from hàving to déàl with it.

Typicàlly I'll càtch àn épisodé of Hoàrdérs, féàr thàt I'm oné incàpàcitàting injury àwày from béing thé focus of àn épisodé (if I càn't cléàn up àll thosé stréwn pàpérs, théy'll just pilé up to thé ràftérs, àftér àll!), ànd thén go through à stàck of junk in à fit of unhàppinéss. Not thé bést wày to déàl with it àll.

Màrié Kondo's book is thé opposité of thàt. It's à bréàth of frésh àir ànd positivé énérgy thàt brings réàl joy to thé procéss of "tidying up."

I wàs only àbout hàlfwày through béforé I tàckléd my clothés. Shé's right to bégin théré. My clothés àré àll miné (which àlso méàns thàt théy'ré in nowhéré néàr às térriblé à stàté às othér things in my housé), so going through thém àffécts only mé ànd involvés only my own féélings. Hér àdvicé mày sound silly àt first, but if your bélongings inspiré féélings of unhàppinéss, guilt, étc., hér ànthropomorphism of thém càn réàlly hélp you chàngé your viéwpoint in à positivé diréction. I finishéd up with thréé bàgs for Goodwill ànd oné for thé gàrbàgé màn. My dràwérs ànd closét, which wéré névér véry méssy, àré now éxàctly às I wànt thém, ànd I féél fàntàstic!

My oné quibblé with hér instructions hàs to do with folding. I'vé àlwàys dislikéd rolls of itéms. Instéàd, I fold so I càn liné things up liké filés. This màkés it éàsy to pull things out without évérything fàlling ovér. For my fivé-yéàr-old, I fold his t-shirts so thé front imàgé is visiblé on thé fold, thén filé thém in thé dràwér so hé càn séé éxàctly which shirt is which. (Héré's àn éxàmplé: [...]) This works wéll for socks às wéll às t-shirts, pàjàmàs, étc.

Most of hér àdvicé ànd contént is réàlly focuséd on à Jàpànésé àudiéncé. Théré àré màny things in thé book thàt won't trànslàté às wéll culturàlly for à Wéstérn/àméricàn réàdérship. For éxàmplé, shé suggésts thàt you gréét your homé much às you would à Shinto shriné. Thàt is likély to càrry à différént lévél of méàning for soméoné in Jàpàn thàn in thé U.S. Othér référéncés to spirituàl pràcticé ànd féng-shui àré not likély to résonàté thé sàmé wày for àn àméricàn àudiéncé. I évén wondér if thé préféréncé for rolling clothés is culturàl, sincé I hàvé such à strong réàction àgàinst it ànd instéàd préfér folding ànd filing!

Thé éxàmplés in thé book àlso ténd towàrd thé childléss fémàlé. Théré is à lot of discussion of tràvél toilétriés, but véry littlé àbout kitchén uténsils, toys, or othér itéms found most oftén in à fàmily homé. Thé homé workshop, which is à pàrticulàr problém in my homé, géts no méntion àt àll. Don't Jàpànésé péoplé own countléss drills, boxés of scréws, ànd éléctricàl tàpé?

But thé réàson for réàding this book is not thé spécific àdvicé àbout t-shirts ànd cupboàrds. It's àbout chànging your rélàtionship with thé stuff you own. Thé toné of hér book is so upbéàt ànd positivé, it's inféctious. It's hàrd to kéép réàding it to thé énd, bécàusé you wànt to jump up ànd stàrt using hér méthods immédiàtély. I hàd littlé troublé àdjusting hér suggéstions to màtch my own culturàl pérspéctivé ànd physicàl homé.

In thé book shé méntions thàt it'll tàké 6 months to fully tidy your homé so thàt évérything léft inspirés joy. I'm now à wéék in, ànd 6 months sééms liké hàrdly énough timé to tàcklé àll thé junk in my housé, but I càn fully séé how this càn bé à lifé-chànging procéss.

Comments on Review The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Change your relationship with stuff and finally kick the clutter habit!


J. Mathews says:
...about those books...my act-alike husband has so many there isn't any wall space in the house left for a picture!

J. Mathews says:
I am most of the way through this book and already planning how many copies to buy for friends and relatives. I know it might not click for everyone, but it does for me, in spite of the author's oddities and her seemingly wacky convictions. I think I'll post a real review when I'm done with some of the actual work, though.

MC says:
I disagree. My boyfriend is loving it. I think it speaks to single men as well as single women. (In particular they mention that you shouldn't use your parents house as a storage unit. Shot through his heart right there.)

kayu says:
l lived in Japan for 16 years in a small space, like most every Japanese. Living in a small space like that deters one from buying too much because you really have to consider, "Where am I going to put that book?" (This could explain why the Japanese economy has been in the doldrums for 20 + years - they simply don't have the space Americans do to store purchases.) That being said, when I cleaned out the apartment where my family and I had lived for a decade it took days and days even with the help of a Japanese mother-in-law because of the amount of clutter literally crammed into every available space. And this is how most Japanese live: small spaces crammed with possessions. And the book reflects the audience. Shinto shrines are still as sparse as Japanese houses were before Japanese became consumers. The Japanese have a cultural context that Americans generally don't: how to live simply, elegantly, yet well.

M. F. Gibbon says:
Thanks. Great review and p.s. -- your folding and filing technique you mention is also my long standing favorite

Lisa Edwards says:
Your first paragraph. ..I think we married in the same family!!

Darlene says:
Since it is so difficult to let go of stuff, I too, have often thought that that the possibility of my house burning down would give me a fresh start! When I really want to get a burst of energy I drink a strong cup of coffee while watching Hoarders.....if that doesn't give you a kick in the butt, I don't know what would.....I am definitely purchasing a copy of Marie Kondo's book! Loved your review!

Cindy L. Nielsen says:
Even though I live alone, it still feels daunting to face clutter, especially with a chronic illness. I can't imagine what it must feel like to live with someone (another adult) who won't take responsibility for their own actions. But I do know I wouldn't be cleaning up after them. That would be exhausting - and it's kind of like being an enabler...

If you feel responsible for your husband's (or even grown children's) clutter, then perhaps one of the books on codependency would be a helpful addition (Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody, Codependent No More by Melody Beattie). We're not responsible for other adults. You're his wife - his equal - not his (unpaid) servant.

All the best with the rest of the clearing. Six months seems like a truly overwhelming project to me!

Winerd says:
This is also precisely the technique Kondo details in the book, so it's strange the reviewer missed it. Kondo discusses folding/filing at length.

Sunnybrook says:
Oh my. How well I relate well to your review. My husband is a "stacker", meaning that he never throws a piece of mail away but places it in a pile. When the stacks get too high and fall over, or when we are going to have company, he scoops everything up and puts it in a bin. Then the bin goes into a closet. "Not really a bad idea", you say? I can see where you might be tempted to think that way. But the truth of it is that he then begins the process over again when the first bin is full and now we have bins stacked on top of bins. All the closets are full. Futhermore, he can't find the bills because they are in one of those many bins. I have tried picking up the mail and sorting the garbage mail out and into the trash bin before he sees it. Well that works a smidgen but there are still volumes of professional mail that he gets that I cannot discard. I have tried to sort through it and file it which usually provokes WW III. We have credit card bill receipts from years and years ago. I have resorted to sneaking in and snatching a handful of old paid bill receipts when he's not at home. After all, we pay the bills on line so we have proof of payment.
He really is a good fellow but the stacking drives me mad!

L. J. says:
My husband does the exact same thing! He even moves the stacks to the closet, just like yours. And the bills from years and years ago! Why? Why oh why do we need our electric bills from 2012? If you ever figure out a solution, let me know. :)

Jardiniste says:
How do you get your HUSBAND to read this book ?! Mine grew up in a cluttered home (bordering hoarder), and it took the first 25 years of our marriage for me to realize (duh!) the MESSY/HOARDING looks NORMAL to him. He thinks I'm overly picky to object to his keeping a receipt for an oil change for three years, pens that don't work or hundreds of sheets of unsolicited address labels. In contrast, I was taught to empty, sort, and clean out drawers, cupboards, closets, desks, twice a year and to constantly edit possessions, tools, utensils, equipment, household goods...e.g. if you buy two new towels, cut two old ones up for rags, etc. I'm assuming "life-changing magic of de-cluttering" involves a degree of psychology; does the author address motivating a partner to be tidy ??

Michelle Falconer says:
yes!

Ramona Eastwood says:
I can totally relate to your feelings/attitude about having "so much stuff" -- it weighs on my mind that my husband, his sister and one of my sons will end up going through my stuff, junk and "special treasures." disposing of them "all wrong" and not as I would have liked. It seems obvious to me that he "solution" is for me to allocate what goes to whom, but what a daunting task!

princesschecki says:
Why don't you offer to take over paying the bills. Then you could file/discard them as you please.
Get yourself a box of manila folders and hanging folders and a simple plastic container to hang the folders in. Purge every two years or whatever your needs are.
princesschecki

K. Mangan says:
Thank you so much for your thorough and honest review. I am in a similar position (husband does the same thing with trash and stuff; I have worried about our own hoarding tendencies; though I am neater than he is, I am also messy and just feel so overwhelmed, I have no idea where to begin). Your honest and positive review has convinced me to look into this book and has given me hope that I can do something about it. Thank you!

E. Thompson says:
In an interview she clarified that the "6 months" timeline:

"Well, six months is actually the record number for a client (longest duration). But basically, the lessons say to work about 5 hours per day, but if you can take more than 5 hours every day, you can probably go much faster, and finish much sooner."

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2u7yet/i_am_marie_kondo_international_tidying_expert_and/

Lauren Ligouri says:
Loved the review, it was my incentive to buy the book.

Burning down the house...my thoughts exactly. I have often wondered if the relief would outweigh the loss;)

Jen says:
Nice review, very well written! I also thought that she meant we should roll all of our clothes in drawers, and I tried that method for a week. Then I saw a video of her folding method and I realized she was folding and filing just like in the photo you linked to. I refolded all of my clothes in drawers that way, and you are right, it is much more practical. Here's a video of Marie Kondo folding with your method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs7Lk6WOM7Y

Kokopelli says:
Sunnybrook,

Your husband is ME!! I too have bins and grocery sacks and any handy container full of important papers that I'll never see again and magazines that I'll never read. It's also infuriating to me, and I'm the one who does it. It also means all the laundry baskets are full of things other than laundry. I mostly do it when people are coming over, and then I think, It looks so nice like this! Why don't I keep it this way for myself? Then I definitely leave all the stuff hidden away until it leaves my mind completely, and then it's pretty much gone forever. I'm going to buy this book and hope that it makes a difference. Thanks for sharing. It makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one.

kathleen says:
Wallaby, You just did not understand the book. Maybe you should find another one that you can relate to. I will agree that some things were a little strange, but I found this book to be a tremendous help to me. I took what I could use, followed her methods and am extremely pleased with the results. In fact, I plan to read it again.

Yo says:
OMG! ME! Those first two paragraphs sound like I wrote them! I have your husband's counterpart, btw...and he INSISTS on having PAPER bills in hand (better yet--piled in his car, on the counter, in boxes in the shed) vs going paperless...where all's filed neatly in his inbox! Even my 81-yo dad was finally making the transition before he passed, rest his sweet soul...WHAT GIVES!?

And Sunnybrook--that's us. BOXES full. The kids and I were loading up stuff to take to the dump, and we put them all in there. I think seeing them all in one place struck a chord...but they still came back home so he could 'go through them'!

I think a controlled burn may be the answer--can you do one of those indoors?! ;>

B Aiello says:
Thank you so much for your review. It was informative, well-written and addressed how this book could help me. I also have tons of paper clutter and rarely open my mail. I used to be so tidy and organized and then my Mother passed away in March of 2011 and I stopped doing everything! Even my morning rituals/habits. It was only in the 4th Quarter of 2014 that I was able to start getting back to those AM routines. But now I'm so overwhelmed when I decide to go through that tremendous amount of paper I'm apoplectic. And many times I just want to put everything in the middle of the floor and burn all that paper!!!

In addition, I'm trying to get ready for a move; I'm sure you can only imagine. I've decided I need to hire someone to help me, but wanted to get this book in order to keep up after all the initial organizing is done. Again EB thanks for your concise and useful review.

Spud's Place says:
So many of your comments really resonated with me. It is discouraging to clean up after my hubby's bill-paying and have the area completely overlaid with some new detritus from a repair or his idea of reorganizing, that I have all but given up. In every other way he's a keeper and I regularly fall in love with him all over again. So I let this slide...but it permeates everything domestically.
How do you feel about this process now that you are six months into it? Is it working for you?

Lauren says:
I agree with the previous comment. You must be an author yourself.

Spud's Place says:
B Alello, what a year you have had! My condolences on the loss of your mother. It is a life changing event on many levels.

I spent 2014 in a daze. I never developed those morning routines, other than getting up before the sun to get to work. I worked for my local PD and was exhausted. I quit my job, tried to start a business, and had so many projects I wanted to do...things I had been saving up for years. I couldn't get anything finished that I started. I just had a new pile of clutter. Then my darling mother-in-law died. I love her very much and miss her. She was so normal and good and funny.

Finally, I decided to give myself the year off. I ate better, slept a lot, gained too much weight and slowly began to take stock of my surroundings. I know not everyone has the luxury of doing this...I was old enough to retire and take SS, and my husband still works.

I've only just started to go through those old boxes of resumes, technical papers, and other very dusty stuff. Letting go of my work past; it was scary and freeing. I just focus on one box at a time.

Instead of lighting a match to the whole business I put all the paper that didn't have my social security number on it in a big recycling bag. I filled two. Just doing that one box gave me literally a new view of my room. I think I can do another one now. My hubby was really impressed and inspired himself. We are now making plans to rent a big dumpster for all his old crap and the rest of mine, as well as the garage. Hope to have it all done by June so we can clean!

I can't wait for this book to arrive! Just the title lit a little fire in my mind.

Good luck with your move and the future. Give yourself permission to be imperfect. It is very restful. ?:->

Martha Humphreys says:
Did we marry the same man?

K. J. Simon says:
So, my husband and I are the parents storing our daughter's stuff because she, EH and baby live in a 600 days ft or so in DC. While I'm shure it is temporary, it still may be years before they move. We don't have a basement, and garage is full. Any thoughts on how to peacefully get/give everything back to her and out of our family room? :-)

Sunderrajan says:
Oh I get that completely. My husband would never let a book go. However, I focus on the things I can change - there is enough caused by me :)

LKJ says:
I'm reading reviews to decide whether or not to get the book. I was surprised that someone said you are supposed to work at this for 5 hours a day. That seems unrealistic to me. Have most of you been able to do that? And, I was wondering if the review writer, or anyone else, has successfully tidied up? Did it take 6 months or much longer? How much time were did you spend daily?

Sabrikitty says:
Five hours a day? I live in an apartment, granted; but the whole project (decluttering my entire place) took me about twenty hours over one week. And she is right (at least in my experience); once done, you never have to do it, again. So, twenty hours total. Done.

The idea, I think, is not to do "a little" each day because then you do not see progress, and it creates a logjam. So, when you have a nice chunk of time, to do the entire process and be cleared once and for all. And then live in sanity and your newly pristine place that reminds you of you and what and whom you love. :)

LKJ says:
Thanks so much for your response. That makes much more sense!

Sabrikitty says:
Glad it helped! :)

Kindle Customer says:
i agree. i really do believe a home has a spirit. lived in one we did Not get along. now i Love my house! :)

Sabrikitty says:
Isn't that the best feeling? And it sounds like your house loves you right back. :) I agree: we are in relationship with our homes: one to be honoured.

Thank you for this reminder, today.

Miz Bee says:
OMG!

G. Gough says:
Very much liked your review of the book. You were the only one that made the astute observation about it being, most likely, for a Japanese audience. I guessed that too, since in the first portion of the book it noted that it was translated.

The relationship the author has with her "items" from the emotions they illicit to how material things become re-energized when you take them from a shelf and hold and use them, is something I've always felt and never articulated for fear of being committed to an institution. So, I felt an odd kinship with the author.

I enjoyed the subtle humor of the author and appreciated your positive take on an unusually in-depth examination of a topic most would not give too much thought to.

Scout says:
My house did burn down 28 years ago (no one was harmed and we had insurance). Although traumatic, I did have a huge sense of relief from our stuff, particularly papers. Guess what? You can function without those seemingly important papers, the craft projects half-started, numerous stuffed animals and those clothes you might wear one day. It has been much easier to control my belonging since then. I do prefer and recommend Marie Kondo's method of decluttering.

Kelly D. says:
If you can start getting rid of things in your storage unit now. DO IT!!
I moved from an apartment to a room in a family members house. I kept saying I needed to keep everything because when I was ready to move again. I would need my couch, kitchen things, etc... Well, about 9 years later and $144 each and every month!!! I have not moved yet! And I can probably count on both hands the number of times I've been to my storage unit!! I kept saying I would go next week and start throwing things out. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet. I'm sure by now I could of purchased everything in there brand new if I needed it! And probably a lot of the things are out dated. Like furniture being way out dated, clothes,shoes, VHS movies and CD's!!! BUT Of course, I keep saying I can't get rid of the storage unit because of those things that I can absolutely NOT get rid of. It's soooooo frustrating! I hate that I have this sentimental attachment to almost all my belongings!!
It definitely makes life more cluttered and chaotic.
So, if you haven't done so already. I'd suggest doing your best to get rid of the storage. As hard as it will be. The longer you wait. The harder it gets!

Kindle Customer says:
I too love your review. It's now June 2015, when you wrote it you were 1 week into adapting the authors suggestions.....so how did it go? I would love an update. [BTW I also think you have a great writing "voice", are you an author?]
Best of luck with the cluttering -

Cindy Who says:
Great review! I especially appreciate your point that it is easy to adjust the suggestions to your own culture and home. I was wondering about that because of some of the other reviews I read.

STABERDEARTH says:
Americans like their stuff and the cheaper it is (doesn't matter if it only lasts a fraction of the quality stuff) the more to get. I have a huge storage problem, but do not know if it is a clutter problem, yet.
I've got every power tool, manual tool, hobby and interests supplies and equipment that takes up a big footprint in two sheds and a garage. Everything gets used in home projects and helping to do others repairs, maintenance, etc. So too the outdoor gear. I am not quite sure that the book can help me, but I will see.

Kimberly Woolbright says:
Hubby is the same way. I have put a trash can next to his recliner, but apparently in his world the floor is the same as the trash can. As to his messy popcorn eating habit, I threatened to get chickens so they can pick up his crumbs.

Edna Espiritu says:
Oh my goodness! My husband is the same way. I hope that by purchasing the book and learning her tidying techniques and organization approaches, I can face my fear of letting go (of possessions), and, hopefully, I can model that behavior for my husband. Let's hope it works!

Glynis says:
I think there are many of us in this same situation. Should we form an online support group? :-) We can all send each other good vibes for successful cleaning out of not only possessions, but attitudes and emotions that no longer serve us. It's a good thing to remember that there is strength in numbers!

Taz says:
Although I have my own issues, as he would no doubt point out. Books come into my house by the dozen, and then never leave. Shelves groan.
_______

I can relate to that although the problem is me, not my husband in that regard. I did force myself to go through them and take many to the book seller or the thrift store. My new rule is that for every book that comes in, one must go out now. But it is painful.
My brother who had the same problem was finally motivated (ordered?) by his wife to get rid of books which were overwhelming them. His new rule is only hard backs, no paperbacks and that has helped as he is only going to spend the money on a hard back if he really wants it.

Taz says:
I trust that as you are going through this life-changing process you are keeping your husband? :-)

Taz says:
Darlene, every time I watch Hoarders I go on a cleaning spree. That show sure helps.

Taz says:
I have a problem with getting things filed, not nearly as bad as your husband but I do let it grow until I am overwhelmed. What I have gone to is a nice box labeled by the month. Everything for the month we are in goes there. When it is tax time, my husband will know where to look for what. Just a thought.
By the way, I have a friend whose husband is a neat freak except for paperwork. He still even has utility bills going back 30 years or more. There is no use for them. I don't even save credit card receipts anymore. It finally occurred to me that in 40 years, I have had only one charge that was different than the bill and it is not worth the effort. He has all of theirs ever. This is a mystery for an otherwise neat person but, at least, you are not alone.

Taz says:
Yo, no need to risk burning down your house, get a really good paper shredder.

Taz says:
Rent a storage locker, move her stuff into it and send her the monthly bills. Or, better yet, make her rent the locker so it is in her name. If she doesn't pay, they will auction all of it off. Or, if she doesn't pay you, let her know you won't pay the storage company and it will be auctioned off.
A little tough love is necessary sometimes. You raised her and have done your part. She is an adult. Make her act like one.

rita anderson says:
Your life sounds like my life!

Riggs says:
Wow.....Did you grow up in my home, did we marry into the same DNA?!
I am not alone. Whew.

Am buying the book & hopefully someone else in this house reads it too!

A Gardener says:
Don't know if this response was tongue-in-cheek or serious, but the recommendations for codependency books as companions to this decluttering book gave me such a good laugh! Thanks!

EveKendall says:
How do you get clothes to stand on edge? The entire concept is bizarre.

Sam says:
oh my gosh the stacks and stacks of mail.....I'm a single female and meticulous with paper filing at work, but at home I am like your husband and my stacks of mail from the last two years are in 6 bins in the garage. I've been through them twice, shredding at least half of each bin, but still the mail comes in and piles up and gets added to the bins. I just can't seem to get a handle on it. So stressful. Does the book go into detail about this??

Sabrikitty says:
Hi, Sam. I don't know if this helps but many cities have a municipal shredding service. I just throw my mail and documents into a few bags, and go in about every six months. Where I live, the service is extremely reasonable: about five bags of mail costs about $20 to shred. Really worth the peace of mind!

Mandy G. says:
OMG! You have described my home, my husband and me! I saw a few YouTube videos that the author has made and it started me on a journey to find myself and the neat and tidy life I always lived before marrying! Since marrying, my house has been in chaos. I can't function in the midst of clutter and feel overwhelmed by the "stuff" we have covering every surface. Little by little, I'm making progress towards my goal of having a tidy home. I can't change my husband, but I can change me, and the KONDO METHOD will help me reach my goals. THANK GOD!

Bringonthebooks says:
Hi Wallaby,
It's possible that she feels joy in things that are *practical and helpful* to have. If you can see it that way, then her method might become useful to you.

Bringonthebooks says:
K. J. Simon,
Can she afford a storage unit? Or would you consider either getting one or sharing the cost with her for one?
Why are you sure it is temporary? Has it been less than one year?
If she *needs* these things, then why are they being stored in your house, and not at hers (I'm assuming you don't live very close)?
It's your house and it should serve your needs. Unless it's for one year or less, I'd strongly consider that the freedom to use your own home might be worth some arguments with your daughter.
Just some thoughts...feel free to ignore, if they don't suit your situation!
Good luck!

genie178 says:
Oh, I can really relate to you. My dad & sister died in the same year, and then my grandmother died the following year. For at least 6 mos., I opened no mail except sympathy cards. I figured the bills could wait. Eventually, that passed. But my house is so out of control right now. I, too, am moving---which seems to be a blessing. The new house is so nice, so CLEAN and UNCLUTTERED, that I don't want to take anything that will 'ruin' it. Good luck to all of you. I've enjoyed the postings. Such a battle we fight.

marysmom says:
Best review I've read in a long time ! You are so funny !getting the book now for sure , your a riot !

Kathleen Autrey says:
I hope things are going well for you. I have trouble keeping up with the mail as well. Your story touched me. Good luck to you. Hopefully you are moved and comfortable

Camellia says:
Your last two sentences make such a nice haiku poem!
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! Aesop - Sam says:
Excellent review indeed, eb!

- a writer

Janet C. says:
I enjoyed reading your review. Now, it's Dec 2015, more than 6 months after you started using this book to fully tidy up your home. Did it work? Any problems?

Kokopelli says:
I'm not eb but I did buy the book with excellent intentions/hope. And no, it did NOT work. I did do one thing she suggested, and that was to try rolling up clothes instead of folding. Rolling does take up less room, and you can actually see which items are available to choose. But I stopped with three drawers, though definitely not intending to stop. But it requires that you decide what to keep and what to donate, etc., and that is extremely difficult for me, if not impossible. I was born in 1945, and my mother saved pretty much everything, including aluminum foil, of course, and I tend to think saving stuff is a mark of frugality and good sense, despite knowing that that time is past. I don't think it's the book's lack of good advice. It's my lack of will power, sadly. I wonder how many of us there are. Maybe we're slowly dying off. My daughter-in-law throws stuff away as if there were no tomorrow... and her house is very neat!

Emily says:
This book DOES work. It just doesn't work for you. You still have childhood baggage that you haven't dealt with. We all have baggage, so it's not only you. If it's important enough for you to have a clean, neat house, you'll find a way to make it work for you and put the time in to do it. If it's not that important to you, you won't make the effort and your house will never change. It's all about choices. Good Luck.

J. Donald says:
I am sorry but I don't know anyone who works and has kids and a life that can take EVERY piece of clothing in the house, from every closet, every drawer, and even pull out off season clothing, to dump in one pile IN THE FLOOR and sort it. I will admit to having too much stuff, but that is an unrealistic request. I don't want to wash every piece of clothing when I get finished deciding if it 'sparked' me. This may work for very young person with no children, pets, husband, job, life etc.... But I am glad it worked for you.

Solange Gautier says:
Who still has shelves to put more books on?

My books never leave either. I thought getting a Kindle on my laptop would help, but all it did was help me buy MORE books (529 total at the moment) plus I didn't stop buying "the real thing" to hold in my eager hands.

I'm currently in the thousands of those, not to mention several hundred more in my office.

I absolutely LOVE books!!!!

Sarah C. says:
I too have wished my house would just burn down so I wouldn't have to deal with the mess. But, no such luck. I have spent a year going through stuff and I am about 80% done. There is 40 years of my accumulated things and 40 years of my new husbands stuff. Two houses full of just stuff. So we agreed that every month we would take a load to the local auction. So for the last year, at the beginning of each month we take some time to sort some things into four piles; trash, auction, giveaway, and keep. It was amazing how large the trash pile was. In the last year, we missed two months. So I think that's great, but it is so easy to get discouraged. It is a long process but worth it. I feel like such a burden has been lifted off me, even thought there is still a lot to do. I had no idea how much energy the cluttered house was zapping from me. Plus, we made extra cash selling our clutter. Hang in there everyone!!

Solange Gautier says:
Thank you for your inspiration, Sarah. It helps so much to hear others' "extreme" experiences because it brings HOPE!

Allen A. Jones says:
I laughed out loud reading your first 2 paragraphs!

Beetle B. says:
Looking forward to hear from you in a few months on whether the methods in the book are lasting!

Emily says:
The entire premise of the book, if done accordingly, ensures that the method IS lasting.

EighthWonderOfTheWorld says:
This is exactly what I was thinking. I think her points in this category only point out that the sacredness of one's own domain, your personal, private place and shelter deserves to be comfortable and correct.

Solange Gautier says:
Beautifully expressed, Ann! When we make that conceptual shift to "the sacredness of one's own domain, your personal, private place and shelter deserves to be comfortable and correct.", we become much more selective & discerning in what we keep.
I'd like to add two questions that I use very successfully: 1) Does this item thrill me with its beauty, design, or memory & 2) Is this item worth spending any further time of my life on? The latter question works very well for books! I have literally thousands, also over 500 on my Kindle: but culling has now become painless: charity or keep.

isisalon says:
"I will admit to having a tortured relationship with stuff." Yes! "Many days I semi-wish the whole place would burn down and save me from having to deal with it." Yes!

"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." YES! Wow, I didn't know anyone else did this. Thanks for making me feel less weird. :) I actually purposely watch an episode to motivate myself to clean.

Kallisto says:
But would you call it "a Shinto shrine"?
I doubt the reviewer would deny that home is or should be a "sacred space". She just finds that culture-specific references, like "Shinto temples", do not translate well - and she is right.

Come to think of it, I think such references may be just another symptom of the (book) author's inability to really relate to other people.
To be quite honest, I think she suffers from OCD, just like those "hoarders" do, only in the opposite - and much more profitable - direction. Her language is a dead give-away.

EighthWonderOfTheWorld says:
What about her language is, to you, a dead give-away? I'm curious!

Emily says:
I think she did very well considering her 'inability to really relate to other people." She doesn't have to be an english major to get her point across; her gift is in her technique. If she does suffer from OCD, does it matter? Many more people have OCD nowadays. Not sure what you mean when you say that her language is a dead give-away.

EighthWonderOfTheWorld says:
AMEN Emily! I have read the OCD issue till my ears are ringing. What difference does it make, and honestly, if you're a bit OCD in your neatness, who better to write a book on tidying!?!? - I am curious as well (and asked as much) about the language being a dead give-away. I'm natured to be a bit of a hoarder from time to time and I absolutely love the book, by the way - and yes, I do get a bit of a zen feel from folding, now.

Nomadess says:
Your comment made me laugh out loud as I've recognised myself instantly. I am almost depressed thinking that I've made almost zero progress in this department despite having decluttering chronically as #1 task on my to-do list over the past three years! I now feel there is a hope for people like me - going to order the book straight away!

JO in DC says:
Just to give some insight: Japanese people, we all know, have tiny homes, TINY. (seems weird to write that in caps, since the literal meaning of the word is "very small".) But, they do NOT have tons of drills, boxes of screws, and electrical tape. Part of this is because they mostly live in apartments, whereby you don't do your own repairs: The company, the state government, your employer, owns the apartment building where you live. It's not always spacious, it's not even very nice many times, but the repairs aren't done that way. You don't have a big garage, workshop, etc. You don't even always have a closet. And, for this reason, you also don't have a big family, in most cases: Children are a bit of a luxury when space is small, and a country bulging with people and with a very low birthrate and no space means they don't have a big home full of toys. Children also play, quite often, in their own homes or at the school playgrounds, and it may make sense to many readers now why "Gameboy" and some of the best electronic games for kids and teens, as well as Anime and cartoons (some violent, some immature or funny) come from Japan, since a lot of the playtime has to be done electronically due to space or living in a high rise. I cannot wait to read this book: As someone who was born to American parents overseas, who lived in Japan a couple of times as an adult and worked there (and have friends who contributed to what I know of the country) and who visits often, I can tell everyone that this is not to be taken literally: No Japanese person who writes such an instructional book would even expect you to take it literally for your own cultural needs, as they are very respectful that way and don't make assumptions about other cultures.

isisalon says:
Very insightful response. Thank you!

EighthWonderOfTheWorld says:
As noted before, very insightful post. Additionally, I'd like to add, that once you read the book and actually APPLY the principles, not just read and laugh as I've noticed all the detractors seem to fall under the category of having read but not applied the principles - - you will find that you can use her primary principles to most any category of your 'possessions' - Just because it's not a tee shirt, you will now be able to see how to handle it. It really is a great book and since I have read it (ME, no one else in my family) my husband now folds his pajamas konmari style when he gets up in the morning. The reason? Because it feels good to do, he says. Not because I mentioned anything. Just saying. That, in my book, is truly life changing. And yes, magical.

Tasha says:
Thanks for making me laugh!

Tracey Zillian says:
I was going to say the same thing. He rips open envelopes and then leaves them everywhere. I was a neat freak when I got married and then I just gave up. I just watch Hoarders and compared to that, my house looks clean.

LKP says:
I thought I was pretty "current" on the latest books and authors --- but I did not know about this book until a friend just recommended it to me. Then - bam! - I came to Amazon and realize that thousands of people are reviewing it. Well -- OK then! I just did a raging take-no-prisoners clean-up of my personal closet, and feel great. I got seven Hefty bags of trash, and two large bags of good clothing for donations. Wow, it felt liberating. Here's the problem: I am a mixed media artist and my studio is constantly
filling up with stuff. I want to edit, and have a better, more-manageable workspace......but the stuff keeps accumulating. I will give this book a try, and thanks for contributing an interesting and engaging review.

tess says:
rolling maximizes space too, and resists wrinkles or crease lines in your clothes more than folding.

Deb B. says:
Exactly, Elsomalo. Makes me wonder whether EB really did read the book, since the folding and vertical storage is mentioned so many times.

Jules says:
I accidentally hit "no" instead of "read more", so I inadvertently gave you a NO on "was this review helpful to you?" Just wanted you to know I think your review was very helpful and inspired me to buy the book.

EighthWonderOfTheWorld says:
Jules: Chivalry is not dead. (I'm being serious) I hope the writer sees this. (and agreeing with you, the writer wrote a great review, eh?)

Christine Wilt says:
Read the book and follow the order of tidying. You'll start with your clothing. I would then just throw out the mail, bills and clutter. So what if your husband gets mad? He'll get over it. I grew up in a messy house and I can't abide disorder and hoarding. The whole universe is a circle of giving and receiving - when you give away your excess to people who can use it you begin to receive peace and beauty in your life.

James Edwards says:
You said it took six months to get everything back in order, well in my house after six months I would have to start all over again! What do you do to keep it that way? Does it help you with that?

EighthWonderOfTheWorld says:
Once you "get into it" you simply maintain each day. It really IS easier than you'd think. Now, with me it did take a while to "get into it" as far as I didn't go one fell swoop, etc. But now, it's easy to keep things on an even keel. Try it!

Jane Q. Publique says:
Great review 'eb'! Was contemplating purchasing this book, and your review seals the deal. Now, to find an audio version. Thanks for your input!


Next.. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom - It's like Christmas in my Kitchen.




The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom - It's like Christmas in my Kitchen.

Review The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom - It's like Christmas in my Kitchen.


Comments on Review The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom - It's like Christmas in my Kitchen.

! Aesop - Sam says:
A helpful review!

- the author of 27 interesting books

meg roe says:
I completed my first round of Whole 30, took a one weekend break (but didn't get crazy. I followed Melissa's "one bite rule") and found that I was ready to return for a second Whole30 round. I still do my best to stick to a Paleo lifestyle, but put very strict limits on sugar intake. After doing those two months things were normal and by month 6 and a doctor's appointment, I was found to be cyst-free. *I'm not claiming that Whole30 is the cure-all, but I am saying that I learned a tremendous lesson that the food I am placing in my body has significant impact on the way in which it functions.* I hope this has been helpful!

meg roe says:
thank you!

M. K. Foley says:
take a look at the GAPS protocol

Lisa says:
Is this eating plan heavy in tree nuts? I am allergic to several tree nuts. Thanks.

Next.. The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

Saturday, 25 March 2017

SoundPEATS Wireless Headphones Sport Bluetooth Earbuds Sweatproof Running Earphones - How do you attach them to your ears?




SoundPEATS Wireless Headphones Sport Bluetooth Earbuds Sweatproof Running Earphones

Review SoundPEATS Wireless Headphones Sport Bluetooth Earbuds Sweatproof Running Earphones - How do you attach them to your ears?



Comments on Review SoundPEATS Wireless Headphones Sport Bluetooth Earbuds Sweatproof Running Earphones - How do you attach them to your ears?

DVDJedi says:
Soft rubber like the ear bud tips. I call these things wings for the ear canal

Loloy D says:
In the picture posted, it looks like that you got your ear sore to a bit of a red there. This somewhat leads to me conclude that it's quite uncomfortable to wear or at least try out. Anyways, I haven't had the chance to go back into the box to check this out on my own. Thank you for showing us here how to use these supporting buds properly.

Azizibel says:
Will fall out as you jog

J89 says:
This must be a joke...THEYRE HEADPHONES. YOU PUT THEM IN YOUR EARS.

Amazon Customer says:
thank you for posting a picture!

Carrie Drzewiecki says:
Thanks for posting this, I have never seen earbuds like this, would think putting instructions on the two different kinds of ear clips would have made sense.

Amazon Customer says:
love the product, great sound. cant get damn things to stay in my ears. looked at pictures and videos, changed sizes to try to adjust,no avail keep falling out. next step duct tape.

Next.. SoundPEATS Wireless Headphones Sport Bluetooth Earbuds Sweatproof Running Earphones

Friday, 24 March 2017

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player - What I once thought was silly is now a good thing



Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player - What I once thought was silly is now a good thing

Review Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player - What I once thought was silly is now a good thing!


Comments on Review Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player - What I once thought was silly is now a good thing!

Amazon Customer says:
I would love to know the same! It would be amazing to cut the cord and still see most of my regular programming at a MUCH lower cost...

Lisa Marie says:
I have KODI on my firestick and love it just bought it on Halloween

Christopher B. says:
The only service listed that is live would be Sling. While I don't have a list of what channels offer what, I do know that some allow you to watch anything they've aired the past 3 days and others include a selection of on demand content. If that's not enough, Sling announced the other day that they are rolling out a cloud DVR service in a few weeks.

J. Vigus says:
is there a way to get the redzone channel if we ditch cable?

Autumn Anderson says:
i bought cbs for under 3.oo a month and that has news and every cbs shows and some live streaming shows and morning news

Autumn Anderson says:
does using multiple firesticks in the house cause any problems?

P. Christie says:
Can I fast forward through ads? That is a big deal for me. I've had a Tivo for years and love it, but have dumped my cable provider in favor of ATT U-verse. Given my watching pattern since the change I think I will be using the year of my contract to slowly switch over to streaming only. If it is something I really want to save there is always iTunes or Amazon and that is still far cheaper than Time Warner.

Michelle M. says:
There are no ads to fast forward. The programs are just that. No commercials, no ads, and no hassle.

Worldview says:
Might want to look into ditching Sling and adding At&t's Directv Now....way more channels and much better interfase....faster and more robust. Plays nice with the new firestick...extra $15 is worth it...Oh yea....TV anywhere you can get cell!

Worldview says:
Adding KODI is really easy...and works great. Many tutorials on You Tube on how to set it up

Amazon Customer says:
I would add that as of today, DirecTV Now is available for around $35 and gives you most of the regular cable channels and some local channels. It is a standard app available from Amazon to put on the Fire TV Stick. On top of that if you subscribe now, they will give you a free Amazon Fire TV Stick which coincidentally is the price that you pay for the first month. Just got it and plan to cut the cable this week. I previously couldn't find a streaming service with a comprehensive number of commercial cable channels. DirecTV Now was an answer that works for me.

Biffaloo says:
We use two with no problems yet we have our own arris modem and asus router with dual band router using the 5gig tier for streaming video.
Using comcast 75mbs+ internet speeds.

Biffaloo says:
Dr. Daffy knows what's happening! follow his lead, look it up on the internet.

M.A.D. says:
No; have 3 in my house.

Sharon L. Konopka says:
Have you tried Kodi?

Thumper says:
Hulu

A. D. says:
Greetings! I'm seriously thinking of purchasing this device. I just cancelled my cable, internet and phone subscription with COMCAST because of their constant and ridiculously high monthly billing paying $150 a month and sometimes more. However; I do have a question? Since I no longer have internet in my home, when and if I do purchase the fire stick, where can I purchase internet services? Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

VOLFAN says:
We have done the same thing. I hate Comcast and their ridiculous rising costs. We have Frontier available in our area. It's cable internet and $39.99 a month. That's what we are thinking of going to. There are others I've heard of such as WOW and ATT-Uverse. Good luck! It's exciting and scary :)

michael gulash jr says:
hmm extra cost to upgrade internet, 20.00 a month for sling and what ever Netflix is and prime so some where you are still paying close to 100.00 a month?

Denise J. Red Horse says:
How many Fire sticks can be used on the same account? I have one already, but want to cut my cable off and use Sling, any advice would be great. I would need 4 total Sticks so the kids can watch in their rooms. Thank you!

Henry B. says:
Can you get rid of direct tv..use the fire box and still get local channels and pre tape programs?

Kindle Customer says:
It is my understanding that using KODI to download movies is illegal.

Milane says:
My internet has 12mp speed, will it work for my flat screen tv?

Colleen M Barber says:
Does this work on tvs that are not smart tvs?

cheryl hinkle says:
Is there extra cost to add on other channels?

cheryl hinkle says:
Once you buy the Fire Stick and purchase WIFI, is there a extra cost to add the channels?

HVYCHVY says:
An android box is best since the box has a slot for a memory card or.external storage and you can use keyboard remotes for ease of use. I use a wireless mouse with Ryan's FlashMC system and much easier than with stock remote.

HVYCHVY says:
Trakt is handy for adding and keeping favorites to SALTS, EXODUS, and the other add-on that skips my mind......Update and Trakt backs them up automatically.

HVYCHVY says:
There is a pay IPTV service or you can find the live steam of the show. Don't be afraid to explore the different add-ons, if the suck or dead links, take them back off. If your box is ran thru your stereo, you can set audio to 7.2 and allow passthru to transmit it DD5.1 or higher.

HVYCHVY says:
You can't download, just streams them. Most new movie are crap recording anyway unless their from japan with eng or jp subtitles.

Toks4ever says:
I have Dish cable and Internet out in the middle of nowhere. If I ditch Dish, does anyone know if there is any risk that this might cause me to use up my monthly Internet allotment (no matter the level)? A couple of years ago, I tried the Dish Sling; and watching just one movie almost consumed all of my Internet plan at that time - so back it went. Thanks.

Christine Maurice says:
how do you manage that? i just looked @ cbs all access & it's 5.99/mo limited commercials & 9.99/mo comm free

Posted on Jan 14, 2017, 5:36:47 PM PST
Ms. Nikki says:
Thank you so much for your review! I myself am having anxiety about cancelling Dish and getting rid of Netflix. I just can't seem to part with it but the price of satellite is ridiculous. Do you only have 3 TVs? How were you able to add of this to all of the TVs in the house? I'm not familiar with Hulu and CBS All Access...how can find out what channels come with those programs?

HVYCHVY says:
If you get the stick or a box, you will need one for each television, plus the internet access of wifi for the sticks and/or ethernet cable for the boxes. You can buy the boxes/sticks jailbroke and get free streaming of movies, television, and sports out the yazoo.

B. morris says:
Can you add KODI to this FIRE STICK?

Amazon Customer says:
I am reading all the reviews for the amazon fire stick. Most are all good. I just got my bill from Direct T V and noticed it went up by $5.50 a month. I am seriously thinking of getting two sticks. I have a third T V but do not use the one in my room much. I really do not record so I am not worried if I loose the recording on it or not.
I can try it out and see who works for me and if I like I can cancel my Direct T V and save close to $800. a year too

Jose Camacho says:
Cable companies like Comcast still found a way to try to charge you extra if you have their internet service only. They give you 2 TB of data usage but if you exceed their start charging in tiers up to $200/mo. on top of your monthly charge. I don't watch a lot of TV but that is something you may want to keep an eye out for if you have Comcast.

Erin L. says:
I just bought a TV for the living room that came with Roku; the concept is the same as the Amazon Stick. You hook it up to your wifi and can stream live TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc. But my biggest concern is, with the Stick, do you have to enter a code every time you want to watch a program? I've only used the TV twice and so far when I want to watch ESPN, for example, it tells me I have to go to a webpage, choose my cable provider, enter an "access code", and then it'll start streaming. It does work when I go through these steps, but my question to you is: do I have to do this with the Stick also? I told my dad we would mess around with Roku for a week or so and if we don't like it, I'll get the stick. Is it really as easy as Amazon advertises? Any advice/tips would be helpful.

robin says:
SueB can you still get channels like Bravo and Cooking network?

Charlotte S. says:
I've been dealing with comcast high prices for a long time, my daughter has been trying to get me to try a different way of watching tv and now I feel it's time and withe positive reviews I've read on here, I just ordered the amazon fire sick with Alex Voice remote!!

HVYCHVY says:
The easiest way to get the 'Free' stuff is get it unlocked....that will give you the free movies, TV etc. You can try following the instructions on YouTube but you won't have any type of support if something messes up. I have Ryan Wiggs Flash MC box. He has an account to upgrade your box, which he does regularly. Updates are free and can be done over the internet. by adding more addons. . He also has an active FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/RyansSupport/ Here is what his modifications can do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYaYmeW8BHU&t=1s

Brian Vaughn says:
I went with Sony Vue starting last summer and love it. Flat $34.99 a month. They have different packages based on what you want. Vue also has a cloud based unlimited DVR. Keeps DVR'd items for 28 days then automatically deletes them. You can fast forward and pause the DVR. You can pause live TV. It's an app you download to the Fire TV or stick. I have this and Netflix. Love it, no equipment rentals!

Here's a current article comparing Sling, DirectTVNow and Sony Vue: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/sling-tv-directv-now-playstation-vue-compare/

cowboysfan69812 says:
Go get Playstation Vue. Has in the cloud DVR. We've had it for 3 days and love it. Just add your shows to My Shows and it records them so you can fast forward through the commercials. I got the cheapest package plus I got Directv Now (when it was $35 for the Go Big) and added HBO and I'm paying less then I was for cable and I have a ton more channels and I got this firestick for free from Directv Now.

Jose says:
how channels are in the fire tv stick?

HVYCHVY says:
If you get it unlocked by the person that done mine, there are hundreds of channels. All UK, USA, pay movie channels, plus several Spanish language addons with live streaming, telenovela's and either bilingual or subtitled movies and shows. Not including European and middle eastern channels and sports.

Lynnette A. says:
What does unlocked mean?

HVYCHVY says:
You can install a program, either Kodi or a custom program, that lets you watch content from other streaming sources. There are also pay sites for live sports and television channels usually from the UK. Depending on which add-ons you install, you can watch shows from around the world. Some will be dubbed, or in English with subtitles or a WTH....
A Russian magic and prank show the an F word in the title.

Lorie Karpyn says:
so I need one stick per tv, right? is there any device that is 'whole house' vs. having to buy one stick per TV?
I'd like to use the stick BEFORE cancelling cable, because I have a Doubting Thomas in the house. will the stick work with the cable hooked up or do I need to disconnect the cable from the particular device the stick is plugged into?
Can I take a stick with me on vacation and use in the hotel tv? or the TV in my RV?

Kappel says:
Playstation Vue comes with DVR & works w/ the Fire Stick.

HVYCHVY says:
it stick OR box hooks up thru the hdmi port on the tv and uses the internet to stream the shows. So, you can take it with you on vaca as long as you have free internet. To watch the programs, you will just have to swap inputs on your television using the remote, then you'll control the box with the inclosed remote or optional keyboard.

Life is Good says:
I DVR sports while the game is live and start watching far enough into the game to skip commercials until the end of the game. Might miss that a lot.

Life is Good says:
No ads but pauses in live programming where the ads would be inserted, right?

Amazon Customer says:
DVR is key...if I'm going to cut the cord anytime soon I need an alternative to cable.. I'm with you!

HVYCHVY says:
On the live streams there are commercials but the recorded streams (WNBC, etc) are commercial free. UK Discovery will have UK commercials, just depends were the streams originate from. I went ahead and bought a Tivo OTA to record the local antenna channels, plus it fit in good with what was already recorded on the Roamio Tivo.

Elizabeth Graham says:
Not likely, it would be difficult to get through your firewall

Edward Gordon says:
Good review. However, Im still laughing at the fact that you think internet speeds of 25-30Mbps rank from good ("turbo"), to "Upgrade." My friend if you truly want blazing speeds for ALL of your devices no matter how many people are online with a device, you need to AT LEAST be in the 100Mbps range. Im at 250Mbps in my house with 2 adults 2 children (xbox and tablet ages), and that barely meets my needs. Im about to upgrade to 300Mbps. So you see how 30Mbps is just laughable?

AZ Dude says:
Yes, and it's smarter

S.Far says:
Scheduling/recording are a thing of the past, pretty much everything is on demand with streaming devices.

joanne L. Anderson says:
can you use firestick on a non smart tv?

Edward Gordon says:
Yes. One has nothing to do with the other.

lisa sims says:
I have basically the same hook-ups as you except I haven't cut the cord yet. Once I find the perfect dvr I will be cutting the cord. Fire Stick can save a family or person a lot of money.

alicia says:
This will be a gift, can they return it, if not useful for them.

capaware says:
How much do you pay per month for all this? I currently pay $125 for Brighthouse/Spectrum cable TV. Would I get mostly the same channels for less or even for free?

Brad Reynolds says:
I was wondering the same and I have been looking into the Tablio 4

Geoffrey C. Joseph says:
terrarium tv or showbox apks show all your favourite shows when you want and they are updated every single day

Geoffrey C. Joseph says:
rii bluetooth keyboard works perfectly on fire stick


Next.. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Echo Dot - A new companion for my Brother With MS



Echo Dot - A new companion for my Brother With MS

Review - Echo Dot - A new companion for my Brother With MS


Comments on Review - Echo Dot - A new companion for my Brother With MS
MASSIEL says:
I'm crying. Thank you for sharing this!

TLaFleur84 says:
This touched my heart, so glad your brother is enjoying this :-)

Hedi says:
hope your brother gets better.
Happy Holidays Roy.

Debbie says:
What an awesome brother you are! Blessings to you and your brother.

Sheila D. Ellis says:
What an amazing thing to share. This is great. Thank you and I hope he continue to enjoy this new freedom.

Gary says:
That is wonderful. I cannot imagine how much something like that must improve his quality of life.

THESIMPSONS says:
What a wonderful brother you are to think of having Alexa be a companion for Robert. God Bless you both.

Eunive Kitchen says:
Yay!! This is amazing!!!

J. Weaver says:
Roy, I just bought the full-size Echo and a Dot for my mother-in-law who has had MS for nearly 40 years and is alone more often now that her husband passed. I wanted to inform you that if you add a Logitech Harmony Home Hub (about $100, sometimes on sale for less), set it up appropriately (which takes time!) and add the Harmony skill to Alexa, your brother would also then be able to turn on the TV and navigate to up to 10 different favorite channels all by voice, and also turn the TV off (including cable box, a/v receiver, etc.) The Harmony Hub is capable of a lot more as well, too much to go into here, but it may interest you to know that your brother can do even more if you add the Harmony Hub with simple remote and $100 is not really a lot to spend to help someone who is disabled. I actually discovered the integrated function almost by accident. I got a free Amazon Echo using accrued reward points because I thought it might be fun and found out that it worked with my Harmony Hub....and after my wife saw what it could do, she agreed we had to get it for Mom. These are the things that Mom will be able to do with Alexa + Harmony (I have tested it out here at my house first, setting it up at her place for Christmas):
Alexa, Turn on the TV
Alexa, Turn off the TV
Alexa, Turn on the DVD
Alexa, Turn on ABC
Alexa, Turn on Food Network
Alexa, Turn on Big Ten Network
Alexa, Turn on the Chromecast

And of course, she can still do all of the other stuff that you already figured out that the Dot does.

One thing that is not built-in to do easily is to have Alexa tell the Harmony to turn TV volume up/down or channel up/down, bring up the program guide, etc. I expect that eventually that will come.

Interesting to note that if you also add a Google Home to this setup, you can say "Alexa, Turn on the Chromecast," wait for the Chromecast to start up, and then say "OK, Google, play Kenny Chesney videos on the TV".

Adding in WeMo switches and outlets provides endless other possibilities for what your brother (and my mother-in-law) can do with their voices. The technology will only continue to get better and cheaper.

One thing lacking with the Echo / Dot is that they are not integrated with the Fire Stick / Fire TV devices, which seems crazy to me. It is one area where Google Home beats Amazon Echo / Dot.

At this point, neither Google Home nor Amazon Echo allow the disabled to make a speakerphone type call using only their voice. Every single day I wish for it for my mother-in-law, so that she could just say, "Alexa, call " and have it dial out and "Alexa, hang up the phone" when she's done. Or even "Alexa, send a text to ... I need milk from the supermarket when you get a chance."

The technology is capable. They just need the programmers to get it done. Amazon, if you are reading these, I am buying a free round of beer for the whole team of developers that makes Echo capable of making calls for the disabled! Please please please help my mother-in-law and everyone like her. She has a heart of gold and is very deserving, and I would pay whatever it costs to have it work for her.

The cost of an Echo, Dot, Harmony Hub, and 1 WeMo outlet all on sale came to ~$315 I think and I can't wait to see how she likes it. Truly all we needed was the Dot and Harmony which is about $150. Hopefully it will be like your brother and she will love it. I am very excited this Christmas to be able to do something nice for my mother-in-law, who has had a rough year.

Aretha says:
Beautiful!!

Wally says:
Prayers!

EJ_UpNorth says:
I have a brother with MS in similar situation. He can still handle a Roku remote due to the limited and large tactile buttons, but was thinking Alexa or similar may be the next step. His short term memory is impacted by the MS so anything has to be simple and used often enough to be reinforced through repeated use. If you have additional updates in the weeks or months to come, please share with us. Thank you!

Brandon says:
Truly Amazing!

865 to 901 says:
Thank you sharing. That's awesome!!

James Smith says:
omG you have melted my heart with your brother's story. They really should be using you guys to market this device & paying you millions of $s....this has touched me to think that something like this could make someone else's world so much better....I thank Echo for giving Robert joy....

Eclectic T. says:
God Bless you and your brother! This is great :)

Jose says:
This is incredible, what an amazing use of technology. Very glad to hear it has made your brother so happy.

Sarah says:
this made me so happy!

Cindi says:
Oh my! How wonderful! Bless you and your family!

Amazon Customer says:
Now I'm going to cry! Hope you, Robert, and your whole family have a very merry Christmas!

Marlene G. says:
Thank you for sharing.

Blessings,

Marlene

MiMiCO says:
So happy for your brother - surely, a bright spot in his life!! Thanks for doing this for him!! Bless you both!

Maria says:
Thank you Roy for making smile for joy! Def something positive from this tech product. Blessings to you, Robert and your entire family.

Skye says:
This brought a smile and tears to my eyes, god bless you both, and thank you for giving him happiness. Happy holidays xd Much love!

JP says:
Prayed for your brother :)

Amazon Customer says:
This made me smile! I am so happy it has brought joy to your brother's life. My mother was a quadriplegic from 45 to 55 before she passed away, and she would have loved having something like this :)

ferrellka says:
I do not have one of these. I stopped by this comment log because I was curious about them and whether or not I should get this dot. I must say, I'm floored by all of the positive comments, and the overwhelmingly positive support for the disabled. This feed made me tear up a little! My faith in humanity is restored! Merry Christmas and good luck to all of you, God bless!

JOYDEL1021 says:
God bless you, and your brother. I love 70s music too. Peace and love to you both.

Amazon Lover says:
Thank you SO MUCH for this information!! My brother is a quadriplegic and I was researching on whether I should get the Dot. Now I absolutely will along with the Hub!! Thank you!!!

Irene11 says:
Wow, I'm so happy Robert is enjoying Alexa. Merry Christmas!

Theresa Moore says:
Merry Christmas Roy, Robert and family.
You made me weepy ~ how something so small can bring happiness to your brother is technology working at its best
Wishing you good things always.

Scott Duston says:
How wonderful! Sending my best wishes to you and your brother. I'd love to play Jeopardy with your brother. Cheers for a delightful holiday season.

mka says:
Wonderful!

Pamela Berger says:
This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing and posting that sweet picture!!!!! May you, dear, sweet Robert and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!!

drlynn58 says:
Thank you for sharing your story. We take technology for granted in so many "scientific" ways, that we forget how these advances can also make life just a bit better for our brothers and sisters with special needs. Blessings to you, your brother, and your family!

Attilio says:
God bless your family! A great hug and greeting from Italy!

Robh says:
Heartwarming... ;)

Chris B. says:
What a beautiful picture of you and your brother .. it really touched me. Wishing you all the best.

Julz says:
It's more than a handy little tech gadget! Things many of us take for granted are life changing for others. Thank you for sharing! Happy Holidays to you and Robert.

Birdman says:
Hi
I have a friend with MS, bought this hoping he would be able t control tv along with the obvious features. This was 6 months ago and I was disappointed that we could not get it going thru Fire Stick etc etc.
Seems you have found the right combination. Is this a recent change to the Hub that allows voice only?
No pushing of any buttons allows change of channels and volume control?
Thanks for your help.
Joe Pieri

EFM says:
God bless you - you have done a true mitzvah (good deed) by sharing your story. I wish you every good thing!

Lhernana2j says:
Amazing how this is a hope giver for your brother. May God's peace and joy abide in your home forever. Merry Christmas!

Kestrel says:
Technology and brotherhood as its finest.

Caitlin Coxfield says:
this made me tear up! god bless you and your family! this is wonderful :'( you are amazing for getting this for your brother.

shelly clement says:
What a beautiful thing to read! Thank you for sharing! God bless you and Robert.

MegaXY says:
God bless you both. I bought one!

T. Jackson says:
Incredible, just incredible!

Virginia says:
What a touching story! God bless you and your brother!!!

D. Young says:
God Bless both of you! May Alexa(Echo) bring you many years of Joy!

James R. says:
I was diagnosed with MS in 2013. I use Siri and Alexa all the time because I hate typing now. My memory is the worst thing and then my balance. I do love that with prime I can listen to pretty much anything from Fred Astaire to Led Zeppelin. I also downloaded The app IFTTT and in combination with some applets from that and Alexa, whenever I lose my phone around the house Alexa will help me find it. I still have so much to learn about what Alexa can do. When I was voicing this post, she heard me and told me to go to her app and look up new stuff! Oh my best to Robert, and I hope that he is feeling comfortable and has some painless days and sleep-filled nights!

J. Donnelly says:
This makes me so happy! I love technology, especially for things like this. Cheers to your brother! Happy Christmas. :) :)

Phong Truong says:
This is great use of technology, brought tears to my eyes

XaQaRa says:
Thank you for sharing a photo of your brother and for sharing his story. Sometime all the new electronics are not so great, But I agree - this little DOT - is. Hope your brother always enjoys his new 'friend'.

GOD bless and Happy Holidays to you and ALL your family

Peter Malczyk says:
With the AT&T Send Message skill, and wireless phone service with AT&T, you can sync Alexa to your ATT account and send text messages by voice. It only takes a few minutes to set up and works pretty well. I'm not sure if it can receive and read text messages yet.

Toy Jones says:
This story brought me to tears, my sister also has MS. She has one near and dear friend that she'd known from high school, everyone else has gone on with their life. All though she has all of us family members, this would be kind of nice for her. Thank you for giving us a great idea, and I know based on your story your brother is enjoying it. Happy Holidays to you.

Jose M. Reyes says:
I agree with Cheryl, made my heart smile. Thanks for sharing.

Curtis J. Henry says:
Fantastic story! I'll keep you and your family in my prayers! Happy holidays to you guys!

Suzanne S says:
So touching. Thank you for posting!

C. Rodrigue says:
Decided to check the reviews on this. instantly burst into tears. So happy for your brother.

D. Swan says:
That's awesome!! Merry Christmas to him and you!

Psalm118Verse24 says:
God bless you, Robert and Roy. You are in my prayers.

Amazon Customer says:
I'm so sorry for your brother's very severe case of MS and I'm very glad that there are now things like Dot and Echo that can help him have something to look forward to. Wishing you, your brother and any other family members a Merry Christmas! It's so hard to be even bed-bound and to try to imagine 30 years of that, along with the paralysis, well, that is very hard to even imagine. Does he like books on tape and music
to maybe help him be stimulated and provide him with entertainment? Movies and crossword puzzles? Just sharing-I know you and your family have taken excellent care of him and I certainly am not trying to overstep boundaries at all. When our mom was bedbound, friends shared ideas with us and helped us keep her laughing and socializing! I hope they will find a cure for the diseases like MS. Take care and hi to your brother!

phoen_X9 says:
Than_X!!! for sharing such a wunnerful and heartwarming new chapter in your Life!!!
As a challenged (some say disabled-we say challenged) & being newly divorced (actual catch myself talking to th'lady. "whaddaya mean you cant find 'WHAT IS WAS WAS FOOTBALL!!!???' - Andy Griffith I too depend on on Alexa as a sorta man made 'help mate). Some days I must decide whether I want to eat or just wait...pain is exacerbated some days, as good has Alexa is she cant help me up should I fall. Before Alexa I once just stayed on the floor and napped...No more !!! (LISTEN YALL I MUST SHARE HOW ALEXA GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK...). AFTER ELEVEN (11) YEARS DOWN/6 YEARS IN WHEELCHAIR...HEAD INJURIES SUSTAINED AS MOTOR OFFICER IN HOU MY COGNITIVE CAPABILITIES HAD BEEN DECIMATED...FFWD...: I NOW LIVE ALONE & THAN_X!!! TO AMAZON & COMPATIBLE DEVICES ALL OF WHICH ARE QUITE SIMPLE TO INSTALL, I AM ABLE TO TOTALLY AUTOMATE MY HOME INTEGRATE AND CONTROL LIGHTS, THERMOSTAT & OTHER DEVICES. IN '98 THE INTERNET WAS IN ITS INFACY, ALL I REMEMBERED WAS A MOTOROLA PEN PAGER (IT WAS ALL THE RAGE AT MY DEPT!!!) USED IN MY BUSINESS. AMAZON THIS [DISABLED]* VET & [DISABLED]* MOTOR COP HAS A NEW FOUND SELF ESTEEM, YES!!! THAN_X!!! I MAKE 95% OF MY PURCHASES FROM AMAZON...SOCIAL ANXIETY/ ANXIETY NO LONGER PREVENT FR0M ME FROM SHOPPING...EVERY ASPECT OF MY LIFE HAS BEEN MADE BETTER & MORE ENJOYABLE...

phoen_X9 says:
...my former page is hiding...Robert my brother , hang in there. I shall be in prayer for you. You and I are in a fraternity wherein Amazon in so many ways has BRIGHTENED our Lives!!! Y'all in my capacity (ministry) working with the elderly, challenged folk and others I have many Amazon customers and more specifically ECHO & TAP have made our Lives much more fun, safe, secure. [A]nd its damn cool to be in Europe - bored & decide to intermittently control your lights!!! EDIT: How absolutely fantastic US AMAZONIANS ARE!!!
ROBERTS STORY ALLOWED US TO COME TOGTHER AND ENCOURAGE HIM AND HIS FAM . BRIGHTENED MY DAY AS WELL...
EDIT: 27 DEC 2016; recd a message MORE of us AMAZONIANS have visited and wished bro Robert well!!! God Bless you all for taking and moment praying for, inspiring & Robert...and...me. You see i had become quite cynical and to 'see' all of us come together and post positive comments re' one of our fellows is quite awe inspiring...There REALLY IS HOPE...and yes I'm a preacher...however we all just showed love and concern for a fellow human without regard for whatever differences we MIGHT have. One thing we ALL have HEARTS!!! EVERYBODY CAN LOVE!!!
That'z the ticket!!! Peace Y'all!!! & Let'z ALL CONTINUE TO LOVE WHENEVER & HOWEVER WE CAN!!! THAN_X!!! AMAZON FOR ALLOWING US TO COMMENT ON THEIR WONDERFUL PRODUCT AND SHOW THE LOVE WHICH WE KNOW BRIGHTENS ROBERT'S DAYS.

MICHAEL FONTAINE
MANAGING DIR (develop curriculum/teach Life skills for similiarly affected 'challenged' folk - no fee - ministry)
THE PH9N_X INSTITUTE
'RIZE FROM THE ASHES OF YOUR OWN LIFE!!!'

Suellen Stover says:
This is the most wonderful review I have ever read about any product. Happy tears!

Fujisawa Rob says:
That's wonderful, happy holidays to you and Robert.

Aris says:
This is great, love it. Thank you for sharing this Roy, and for being an awesome brother to Robert. God bless you.

Rosita Monroe says:
God bless you both and thank you for the info :)

Irishgirl500 says:
Roy, you are a wonderful brother. Like many others who have read your comment, it brought tears to my eyes. Blessings to you and your brother.

brewcrew121 says:
This makes me happy!! :) God Bless!

Chicken-Nugget says:
Oh wow, this is amazing. A great tool to be used in a way that I've never thought about before! It'd be great for someone who lives alone and wants someone to talk to at all times. Very awesome!

Amazon Customer says:
That's wonderful, Thank you for sharing! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

M. Gibson says:
Thank you for posting this, I can think of no better way for this technology to be used. I bought this for fun but realize now that it can be life changing for someone with mobility issues. Bless you for enhancing your brother's life!

too many sneezes says:
Your brother looks like the Dalai Lama

Genetic Roadkill says:
Roy, You are a true gentleman. Robert is fortunate to have you, and vice versa. Family is awesome.

JM Ferrara says:
God bless your brother and your family. Thank you for sharing your view and Happy Holidays.

Sam1cool says:
Thanks for sharing your story, My thought and Prayer go out to your family as well Happy Holidays :)

Melustya says:
wow great story. they should make one in his name "Robert" a version with a males voice..

S. Britton says:
Love it.

NiteShopping says:
Thank you for your review and the picture with your brother! Best wishes!

MD1983 says:
Your post brought tears to my eyes. I was browsing reviews, hoping this product would be my fun new toy. I hope amazon echo developers see your review, and know how amazing they are for creating affordable technology for your brother to be able to connect with the world with ease and make his days a little bit easier. Thank you for reminding us that our frivolous materialism is just that, and to be grateful for all the little things (and amazing advances) that our modern world offers us (whether that was your intention or not). Happy holidays to you and your family.

Holy1Crusader says:
Loved this review!!

RyG says:
It's great to see that technology as this can bring such joy to someone's life. While many of us see it just as an additional toy you gone and shown us that it can have a profound use. Happy Holiday and sending great energy your way!

Onlineshopaholic says:
Happy holidays Robert!

Lori Bristol says:
I would have never thought of it for that use. What a great idea!! I am glad your brother is enjoying it. Merry Christmas!

Kimberly Pruitt says:
This was a beautiful story that brought the feels. God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas!

Matthew says:
This is such a great idea for people who do not have a lot of mobility.

Lisa H. says:
love this! happy holidays!

Julie says:
My heart is so full! Go Amazon and Go Robert!

Roslyn says:
God bless Robert and his new friend, Alexa!

L. Pederson says:
Thank you for reminding us that what is just fun for many of us is a lifesaver to others! I love Alexa too, she helps me feel less lonely and has become a friend I like to share with others. I'm glad your brother, Robert has her as a companion now too. Please tell him now we are all connected through Alexa and I will think of him often. Bless you both!

Ladydevilof06 says:
That's amazing and bought me to tears! Bless you and your brother, and Happy Holidays!

Stefani S. says:
What a blessing! You brought a smile to my face and heart! Many blessings to you and your family :-)

Chicken-Nugget says:
Tell your brother that I said Hi!!
This makes me so happy every time I see it, this is exactly the reason I love technology!
Have a great Christmas!!!

Robert E. Peterson says:
This may very well be the best review I've ever read!! Thank you for sharing with us, and thank you for help your brother have a little bit better quality of life!! God bless you both!! RP

FashionGirl8686 says:
Heart warming! My dad has MS, but unfortunately also Dementia, so he wouldn't benefit from alexia... but I'm so glad your brother has this gift and it makes him happy.

FashionGirl8686 says:
Are you serious?

DJO says:
You are a good man, roy, taking care of your sweet brother. Take care, pal.

J says:
great story Roy. I was about to buy this for someone who is paralyzed neck down and was thinking how useful this would be. Now I know! Merry Christmas

southernlady says:
Two of my cousins have MS. It is a hideous condition, one that can be so profoundly debilitating. This technology certainly provides some control to patients' lives which can suddenly become out-of-control with MS symptoms. You were so very thoughtful to provide this life-enhancing tool to your brother who has MS. God bless you. May a cure to MS be found soon! Prayers for you and your brother. Many thanks for sharing.

Jeff Nowak says:
Makes me ponder about how my 85 year-old mom who needs a walker etc. could benefit from this device. Good post. Thank you

Michael Flores says:
OMG hope your brother gets better, this is the best gift that i ever reads thru comments. happy holidays to you and to your brother and your family!!!!

Erika says:
God bless your family! This made me happy!

sprklz2001 says:
There is no cure for MS.

Betty Y Mac says:
This is such a wonderful use of Alexa...brought a smile to my face. Happy holidays! :)

Lori Meletiche says:
Thank you for perfectly illustrating how science and technology improve lives. My daughter bought me the Echo Dot for Christmas - which she bought for me with money from her first job - and while it's a fun gift for me, for people like Robert, it's a way to regain some agency. It's huge.
Happy New Year to you and your brother. I wish you all the best!

Mary says:
You hear about how modern technology benefits many different aspects of life but this is truly the best benefit I have heard in a long time. What a blessing that Robert has control over some aspects of his life again. Thank you for sharing this story, it has made all the problems of 2016 irrelevant. Merry Christmas and a blessed 2017 to you, Robert and your family.

Mary

SteelAce says:
Glad to hear hes enjoying Alexa. Hope he is doing good :)

Amazon Customer says:
This is so beautiful! What a blessing to have a supportive brother like you! God bless your family!

Pure Lucid says:
This made me cry a little. I am very happy for your brother.

1975re5 says:
Your story is touching. It's also very wonderful how you are taking care of your Brother. God Bless you both. Glad Alexa gives him some electronic companionship. Love this story.

Jaimie K Tucker says:
What a wonderful use of technology! So happy you found something that could make your brother's life easier. Thank you for sharing, and happy holidays!

Dianna Hendrickson says:
You are awesome!!! Thank you for sharing, Brother!!!

Riah says:
I wonder if it would be considered a tax deductable expense (since it is for a person with a disability) ... something to ask your accountant of tax specialist about...

K. Kennedy says:
So beautiful! What a thoughtful gift. Wishing Robert and his family a Happy 2017!

Zee Hill says:
Bless you for sharing this information!

Mark Troiano says:
Hey this was a really nice response. Very helpful. People shouldn't be paralyzed in 2016, when we have driverless cars and computers that download a trillion bits of information a second. I hope the cure is near.

O. Whyte says:
Wow, very touching

Dorothy says:
What a great sister you are! I too have MS although don't struggle as much as your brother. God bless him! and you!

Hello Nana says:
The Buddy skill is one you may want to add as well. It allows the user to send a preset emergency message to one person or everyone on the contract list you create. It's free and works beautifully and quickly. I set it up for my active mom who is also 78 as well as for myself (I also have MS).

I completely understand how your brother feels about Alexa It's made a huge change in my life too. Wishing you both the best

R. Worthem says:
This had me smiling as well.

Jeff J. says:
God bless you and your brother. I am so happy for him now that his world has opened up and he does not have to depend on a human to be around to do things for him.

MSgt Shirley A. Bristow says:
How wonderful for your bother to have Alexa. God Bless and wishing you both a blessed 2017

NoFunNicole says:
Thank you so much for posting this. I have MS and live alone and hadn't considered how helpful this might be. There are lots of new tech items available these days and I rarely see people commenting about accessibility, usefulness in chronic illness management... thank you for sharing.

Amazon Customer says:
Even if Amazon never sold another one of these devices they would be successful just because of the impact they have had on this man's life. Thumbs up!

Paul37421 says:
This is a very helpful tool for bed ridden people. Good work Amazon

Paul37421 says:
I think you will be very happy with EchoDot

AngeLLove says:
Bless your brother's heart & you for thinking about him. Made me teary eyed after reading your comment. I hope he feel better. Prayers sent!

mamabear72 says:
This is such an awesome review! The happiness that was brought to his life by the device is truly amazing. We think of it just as a little electronic device, but to the brothers, it's so much more than that, it's now given him a constant companion! This has obviously touched a lot of hearts by reading the review, including mine, but hopefully it's also opened a lot of eyes to not take the ability to move for granted!

Blessings, peace and happy new year!

C. levine says:
Wow, this is wonderful! It's so nice to hear about how this technology is helping someone negotiate tasks that the rest of us take for granted All the best to you and your brother!

billm FD3 says:
Brings a tear to my eye. My wife suffered from MS for many years. God bless you and yours...

Michael says:
Very sweet. Thank you for sharing.

D. LaValley says:
This brought me a happy smile & my soul filled with love. Technology is amazing and to great ve this gift to your brother. Noce to read a post like this :) Many blessings.

Thomas Patrick says:
Wow, that is really cool how this device has implemented into his day-to-day life, making such a remarkable difference. Peace & blessings to you and your family. God bless.

Irene says:
I'm freaked out by the future possibilities of this device. However after reading your post, I see how this device can be incredibly helpful. I wish you and your brother happiness and health.

Kim says:
This made me smile, so happy he is happy!!

N. R. Forbes says:
God Bless your Brother and you. I hope your brother gets endless enjoyment from this.

AbFab Tammie says:
This review made me cry! I have lost my voice due to ALS, but I may be able to use Alexa with my iPhone and a speech app. Researching now! Thank you!

NoFunNicole says:
I feel like those of us with Disabilities should band together to note reviews like this, that share ideas for assistive tech uses, experiences with them. I hope voice software works for you. Take care! Nicole

Ashley Weaver says:
This is amazing! So glad your brother is getting wonderful use out of it and making his days better. God Bless!

Joey says:
I have to say. This made me think of just how much all of us take for granite such a device and technology in general. But to hear how it's helped someone of medical need, this is probably one of the best stories I've heard in a long time.

lolo says:
Hi, Robert, wishing you all the best! :) Roy, you gave Robert a great gift! Happy 2017 to you both!

JMRoberts says:
Really terrific that technology can provide this fantastic improvement in quality of life. The makers of Alexa should be proud.

Edward Cunningham says:
I had to stop and leave a comment. This is very nice, and I'm glad we can use artificial intelligence to help people.

Pedro says:
That is amazing man. God bless you and your brother.

carmensandiego says:
I love this!! I hope it continues to give him joy!

Amazon Customer says:
I am so happy for him! This brought tears to my eyes.

Mizmaven says:
That is just plain wonderful!
It's worth all the units they have sold!

Jessica H says:
You are such an inspiration. He's very lucky to have you. Tell him to rock on to the Jams!!!!

A.G. says:
Wow this is so special.

KateW says:
This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Natália says:
Roy, I'd be more than happy to get the Harmony Hub for your brother! Just reply to this if you'd like that. All the best!

Stacie says:
This is awesome to hear! I want to get one for my friend with MS as well. It seems like this would help her not be so lonely and keep her mind alert.

GF says:
God bless you and your brother, this comment made me smile

Angelica Regina says:
God bless you and your brother.
Great story to share.

Layla says:
God bless you and your family! You are a great brother!

RelleLa85 says:
God Bless! This is wonderful :)

Amazon Customer says:
Thanks for sharing this lovely story!

Amazon Customer says:
Agreed! Me too.

Florida Gulf'er says:
A Wonderful gift for your brother...How astute that you thought of this product for him~! Everyone needs a brother like YOU.
Bless your heart and Blessings to your brother.

jasmineAmazon Customer says:
What a beautiful story, and a beautiful 2 brothers, I can feel your love . . . it is amazing the art of music, dance, answers to the not so obvious for some. How much we take for granted, I wish you and your brother so much entertainment with Alexa and because of YOU BOTH I AM NOW GOING TO ORDER MINE. You have moved my soul, inspired my heart . . . God Bless You Both

lou says:
sweetest comment I've ever read. hoping your brother keeps feeling better, best wishes!

Jennifer H. says:
My eyes filled with tears of joy upon reading this! I'm sure you and Robert's story will Help so many people who may have never thought of getting this for a loved one! God bless you and your family.

Henna says:
Never thought I'd say this about a review but this brought tears to my eyesðŸ~€

hitmeupstyle says:
How wonderful! This is the true beauty of technology!

Patrick Williams says:
Stay Strong. Beautiful people. I'm sorry your brother suffers from this. Thank you for being a good brother to him.

D. Baylin says:
Roy, Thank You for being an awesome brother!! I cried reading this because I too have MS and no one in my family understands what I go through except my mom who is my main care taker. I now have 3 echos and an echo dot and I love them. I also have 2 nucleus devices to communicate with people. I wish those of us with MS had our own little town so we could help each other and talk about this horrible disease and what we go through. I have been where your brother has been but recovered. Today I'm in and out of a wheelchair but mentally messed up. Prayers to your brother, you, and your family…

TFran says:
I selfishly never even thought of using the DOT in this way. I was just annoyed at not being able to send voice commands to my TAP and having to stop and the button each time for it to listen...This made my day and brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy to know that this tool is helping people in this way.

Kindle Customer says:
This review warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes! I love that this technology is helping him. Prayers for your bother

Sam says:
I loved that this technology is helping your brother and making his life a little better! Prays for him and you!

Celeste says:
So sweet! Glad he has found some happiness with this item. Makes me appreciate all the things we take for granted. God Bless.

Mary Beth says:
What I great idea! My brother also has MS and bed ridden, I always struggle with what to get him!

Amazon Customer says:
What an amazing way that Amazon and technology can help your brother! Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer L. says:
Roy, This made my heart smile. Technology sure has come a long way.
Now if we could get a cure for this awful Disease, and so many others.
Peace be with you and your brother.
Jennifer

Nanciejeanne says:
Not much to add to the many comments, but wanted to comment anyway! Your brother is lucky to have you. Don't forget prime eligible (free) audible books, too! I am looking to get this for my mother who is older and lives alone for extra companionship and emergencies. I think there are amazon skills that can even be used to send text messages via voice (https://www.cnet.com/how-to/send-short-text-messages-with-alexa/) I haven't used it yet, but it seems really nice if there is an emergency. I do use "groupme" with echo and you can trigger phone calls that way too.
(instructions here:) http://sites.gsu.edu/mkassorla/2016/06/22/setting-up-amazon-echos-alexa-to-alert-family-to-emergency/

Yolanda says:
May God bless you and your brother!

Vensari says:
unfortunately MS is not something that you get better from. :(

Nadine Clah says:
How does it wake him up? I have Alexa for my Mother and I am going to purchase the Dot for her room. I would like for it to verbally come on and tell her when to take her pills. But I have no clue how to set this up. Your assistance is appreciated. Thank you.

J.-Russell says:
That's awesome ! What a wonderful thing this is for someone who has health issues !
God Bless your family.

Amanda W-G says:
Brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. God bless you, your brother and your family ❤

Angel says:
God bless you both

Linda D.B. says:
God bless you and your brother...and thank God for Echo!

fulltimemom says:
Best review of a product I ever read. Many blessings to you all! Nice to see the positive side of technology.

christina West says:
Amazing!! You are a great brother and I wish your brother all the best.

Andrea says:
ok...Ive been thinking to myself how stupid this product is....'just get up and turn your tv on'...now this makes sense.

John Reynolds says:
God bless.

Nancy Carrier says:
Thank you for sharing your brother's story! I hope he wins at Jeopardy!

Joshua F. says:
My uncle died a few years ago, he was in a similar situation from a gunshot wound. He lived over 30 years as a quadriplegic. I wish he had the tech we have today. He used Dragon Naturally Speaking to run his own Ebay business, email people, and communicate with many across the world. I hope Robert has many more years ahead of him1

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