The Life-changing Manga of Tidying up

The Life-changing Manga of Tidying up

A Magical Story

Graphic Novel - 2017 | First American edition.
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: California ; New York : Ten Speed Press, [2017]
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399580536
0399580530
Branch Call Number: TEEN 648 KONDO
Characteristics: 187 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm

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I couldn’t make it through the actual book, The Life changing Magic of Tidying Up, but I managed the picture edition! A quick, entertaining and insightful graphic novel version. My home is still a mess. Suggested by Kimberly P.


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dnk
Feb 02, 2018

I thought it was a stroke of brilliance when Kondo announced earlier this year that she was releasing this manga. While I did genuinely find this life-changing, her advice has been the subject of countless think pieces, many of which are talking about an exaggerated version of what she says. (Pro-tip: this *isn't* advice on minimalism). What better way to illustrate what this book is about than to, literally, use illustrations?

One of the first things my husband said when he picked it up was that it wasn't manga per se, which reads from right to left. This reads from left to right, so a purist might feel more comfortable calling this a graphic novel. I'm just going to assume that the Japanese version reads in the traditional way.

The main character of this manga isn't Kondo but Chiaki, a twenty-nine year old beverage executive whose home is a mess. While she might not technically be a hoarder, she's thisclose to it, and the illustrator does an excellent job of conveying how uncomfortable Chiaki is in her own home. She comes to her own realization that she needs help, although it's set off in part by the growing piles of trash on her balcony (!), something her handsome new neighbor is none too pleased about.

Kondo is well aware of her public image and pokes fun at it. Chiaki thinks she's a fairy when she first appears, a reference to Kondo's real life diminutive size, and while she is generally calm and soothing, she becomes almost a miniature demon when Chiaki wants to tidy her sentimental items first. Because everything written about Kondo has made it seem like following her prescribed order is the make or break of her advice, this made me chuckle a little bit.

The essence of Kondo's advice is to keep the things that spark joy. Yes, most people really don't need as much as they buy to bring joy. Therefore, the most essential step is to tap into your vision of what joy would be. For Chiaki, it's being able to come home to her apartment and make herself a delicious meal every day after work. This seems like a very simple dream, and maybe one even inspired by her handsome neighbor because he's a cook at a nearby restaurant, but as Chiaki works through her piles of belongings, we realize that it goes deeper. While she's willing to let go of many of her old books, one of the few she insists on keeping is an old, battered cookbook. As she talks about it, Chiaki realizes that this book sparked a life long interest...in food, and it was this interest that led her to her job with a beverage company. It was her interest in cooking that also initially attracted her to her current apartment, as she pictured herself making meals in the kitchen.

All of this was buried under habits she'd worked to acquire as part of a campaign to acquire Mister Right, and it's not until she can let go of the last ghost of the The Men Who Got Away that she can actually move on, not only in her home but also in her life. Curiously, this piece of the KonMari philosophy isn't usually written about, but it's an important component of not just tidying but living happily: let go of things that tether you to your past or shelter you from a future you're terrified of, and then you can live fully--and joyfully--in the present.

This will take you about an hour or less to finish, but it does a great job of getting across the big KonMari mindset (and as Kondo said in her second book, mindset is the most important thing to master for tidying). It's also profound while also being humorous. If you'd like an example of "how it can be done", this is a great addition to your collection.

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BWilsoned
Nov 27, 2017

Much easier to swallow than the oh-so-pious original book. I don't have the joy of socks in my heart, but as a Virgo, I appreciate tidiness. Now if only I could convince the other house folks of it's importance...

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sunnyfeline
Oct 17, 2017

I read her original book before reading this. It's my first Manga book and I enjoyed reading it because it was easy to read and I was able to get through the book quickly. I still recommend her original book if you need more details on how to clean and organize your home so it sparks joy for you.

PimaLib_LoisM Oct 04, 2017

Need to declutter? Don't have time to read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Try the manga version! The cute illustrations and storyline will inspire you to get rid of your piles of unnecessary belongings in a flash. Folding illustrations are included for how to beautifully put away the things you own that do spark joy in your life.

Cynthia_N Oct 04, 2017

A graphic version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This was just as good as the regular version. A quick read and it covers all the basic concepts!!

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julia_sedai
Aug 21, 2017

I love manga. I love Konmari. This book is fantastic. A cute story, and a good visual guide to the Konmari method of tidying.

I'm only not giving it 5 stars for two reasons:

1st, I think it should be longer with just a bit more detail. I finished it so quickly!

2nd, I was disappointed that the English version was not published in standard manga style, which is right-to-left, but instead they did left-to-right comic book style (comic books like Marvel are not the same as manga!). I think they did this because they thought a lot of people reading it are not regular manga readers and would be confused. However, I think it would be better in right-to-left and feel more authentic. It's pretty easy to get used to.

Overall, I really enjoyed it! Even if I don't buy everything she says, I've learned a lot from Konmari and I think she can teach a lot about feeling content with your belongings.

katbee Jul 01, 2017

I couldn't get through Marie Kondo's other books, but I love this manga version! It is funny and provides good tips without being repetitive. I think illustrating Kondo's ideas works beautifully.

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Sep 09, 2017

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