Review & Feature: The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo

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Review & Feature: The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo

Tidying up is all the rage right now, thanks to the new Netflix show and it’s causing quite the discussion especially in the book community. A few years back, many of us were introduced to the principles of Marie Kondo with The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it’s only recently I realized there’s a matching manga! Check out my thoughts below and how my tidy journey is going!

Review & Feature: The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story

by Marie Kondō, Yuko Uramoto
on February 13, 2017
Genres: Graphic Novel, Non-Fiction

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.

Review & Feature:

People who know me know that being tidy is essential to my wellbeing. Clutter can bring me to the point of a break down, no joke. So I decided to freshen up and learn a few new strategies via my current favorite format – manga! I loved this manga because it helped me visualize the principles and also brought a cute romance into the story (aka how to get Christy on board)

The principles of tidying up are (in my words):

  1. Visualize your tidy life
  2. Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy
  3. Tidy by category
  4. Fold your clothes
  5. Only keep books you loved
  6. Toss all papers except what you know you need again
  7. Live in the moment (aka think deeply about those sentimental items)
  8. Designate a home for each thing 

For me, the take away was the joy piece. I constantly declutter but I find myself holding onto stuff because it was a gift or a significant amount of money. I had a talk with myself and did three rounds of cleaning in my closet. I also had a secondary talk about being more mindful in the things I buy. One of my goals in 2019 is to buy less, waste less. 

Before I started my official tidy journey, I had done a round of cleaning in my closet and my shoes. I had 5 bags of stuff to donate and my closet still felt stuffed. Enter tidying, which introduced me to a new way to organize (plus a second look, which lead to another 3 bags headed to donation).

My clothes now fly, organized from longest to shortest on each rack. I even created a space for my everyday cosplay and fandom attire!
Not a huge difference but even this tiny bit helped me feel so much better!

I regularly assess my books so I didn’t think I had much to do there. If you’ve been watching bookish Twitter, you might have seen the debate over Marie Kondo’s book collection assessment.

Personally, it aligns with how I typically go through my books and with one eye on JOY, I was able to make a major cut of the ARCs I will never read (they’re all going to the homes of friends or the little free libraries in my neighborhood tomorrow!).

Were you even in the library if Eris wasn’t there to *supervise*?

Now that I’ve done my closet, books, vanity, and fridge, I can’t wait to dive into my kitchen. We did a cursory round when we packed for the remodel and once the kitchen is done, it’s on! I highly recommend you check out the manga, show, illustrated, or original book (have I consumed all the media? yes.) and fill your home with items that bring you joy today!

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