“The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story,” by Marie Kondō

I recently had the chance to read The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story, by Marie Kondō. This graphic novel was published on June 27, 2017, by Ten Speed Press.

About this book (from the back cover):

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author and lifestyle/cleaning guru Marie Kondo, this graphic novelization brings Kondo’s life-changing tidying method to life with the fun, quirky story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo’s advice and inspiration.

Marie Kondo presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who struggles with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. After receiving a complaint from her attractive next-door neighbor about the sad state of her balcony, Chiaki gets Kondo to take her on as a client. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home–and life–in order. This insightful, illustrated case study is perfect for people looking for a fun introduction to the KonMari Method of tidying up, as well as tried-and-true fans of Marie Kondo eager for a new way to think about what sparks joy. Featuring illustrations by award-winning manga artist Yuko Uramoto, this book also makes a great read for manga and graphic novel lovers of all ages.

Final Verdict:

I am a messy person. It’s not that I don’t value a clean house; it’s just that I don’t see where anyone fits in the time to clean. I had heard of Marie Kondo and the KonMarie Method of cleaning and organization, but I had not read one of her books before this one. I love the graphic novel format, and introducing the KonMarie Method by way of a fictional story felt like a really fun way to learn more about an area that’s kind of a sore spot for me. Although I don’t see myself tackling every area suggested by Kondo, I have taken a number of her suggestions and worked them into my daily life! I highly recommend this fun book.

You can find our more about organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo by visiting her website here.

If you’d like to check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. If you prefer a paperback copy, it’s currently on sale for $11.72. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.
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