The LifeChanging Manga of Tidying Up
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.

The LifeChanging Manga of Tidying Up Details

TitleThe LifeChanging Manga of Tidying Up
Author
FormatKindle Edition
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 4th, 2017
PublisherTen Speed Press
Number of pages192 pages
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Nonfiction, Self Help, Graphic Novels

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The LifeChanging Manga of Tidying Up Review

  • Rose
    April 29, 2017
    This seems like it might be a very cute and informative read. I'm definitely excited for it.
  • Anki
    June 28, 2017
    So, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. First, the positives: this is a sweet story that provides an accessible example of what the KonMari method is and how to apply it in your life. There isn't really any new information here per se, but presenting the information in a story format helps readers see how the KonMari method works. Having examples like this can be incredibly useful, and like I said, the story is cute.That said, I cannot understand why the publisher decided to flip thi So, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. First, the positives: this is a sweet story that provides an accessible example of what the KonMari method is and how to apply it in your life. There isn't really any new information here per se, but presenting the information in a story format helps readers see how the KonMari method works. Having examples like this can be incredibly useful, and like I said, the story is cute.That said, I cannot understand why the publisher decided to flip this book to read left-to-right. This is 2017, not 1997, and manga is mainstream and popular enough that reading a "backwards book" (right-to-left format) isn't exactly a barrier to entry. It wasn't terrible reading this flipped, but the art felt subtly off. Also...they didn't flip everything. Some panels are unflipped, and the floorplan of Chiaki's apartment at the beginning of the book is also unflipped (and it's obvious; you see her full apartment a page later). I want to get a copy of the Japanese version to get a better idea of exactly what all was changed.I'm glad this manga is available in English. I'm glad I own it, even as I question the formatting decisions of the publisher. I wish it were available in English in an unflipped format.
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  • Ilinalta
    July 8, 2017
    As a hoarder and someone who stores things never to be seen again, a lot of these lessons and the things the main character was going through related to me. As I read through the book I would groan and say "ahhh, I have the same issue too," It's definitely a book I would recommend to people since we all seem to have issues with materials and simple tidying up. The idea of spark joy is one I'll keep in mind as I go about my daily life now.
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  • Jim Higgins
    June 23, 2017
    A clear and entertaining presentation of her ideas in manga form
  • Katie
    July 1, 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.
  • Patricia
    June 29, 2017
    I tried the famous book from Marie Kondo, a long long time ago. I felt like she was a bit too intense on certain aspects and also I felt like she was in a "higher" place, to be honest, I felt the tone was a bit condescending.But, but, but...Am I a 2 years old? Do I need drawings to capt my attention? Well it seems like it because after reading the manga version I understand it all! It makes so much sense, it was a fun, fresh, fullfilling and inspiring read. I am happy I tried it, even if I didnt I tried the famous book from Marie Kondo, a long long time ago. I felt like she was a bit too intense on certain aspects and also I felt like she was in a "higher" place, to be honest, I felt the tone was a bit condescending.But, but, but...Am I a 2 years old? Do I need drawings to capt my attention? Well it seems like it because after reading the manga version I understand it all! It makes so much sense, it was a fun, fresh, fullfilling and inspiring read. I am happy I tried it, even if I didnt like the "real book version". WARNING - KIND OF SPOILER AHEAD - WARNING:The only thing : of course it's a story, like a fable. Of course I dont think after making this Konmari method you'll get a higher pay at work and get engaged with your hot neighbor. But it is a way of saying that making this method will help you be your best self, you'll spark joy and only joyful thing can come to someone who sparks joy.
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  • Myles
    June 29, 2017
    For those who have seen a lot of Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up just about everywhere but still haven't picked it up, like me, this seems a perfect introduction to her methods. The manga is framed around the story of a woman's decision to clean up her messy apartment/life and get over her ex-boyfriends in the process. I am an untidy person. When I think of it, getting rid of something is fairly easy for me to do, having gone through a series of small living situations and with par For those who have seen a lot of Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up just about everywhere but still haven't picked it up, like me, this seems a perfect introduction to her methods. The manga is framed around the story of a woman's decision to clean up her messy apartment/life and get over her ex-boyfriends in the process. I am an untidy person. When I think of it, getting rid of something is fairly easy for me to do, having gone through a series of small living situations and with parents unwilling to keep my things in their garage anymore, I got good at culling the unnecessary from my life. That was a few years ago, however, and now I share a house chock-full of rooms with only one other person and without the pressure to clear things out things are starting to accumulate.The idea to sort by category rather than place is inspired and will immediately put that into use. The folding and the elimination of out-of-sight seasonal storage is another matter. The weakness of Kondo's plan is that, at least in the manga perhaps she covers this in the full book, is that if you are only one-half of the household you need to have everyone on board to make an effective push. My husband's books don't necessarily spark joy for me, but they have every right to be on the shelves. Repeat that with every other category.Getting back to the manga, its focus on a single woman and its lack of advice on things such as furniture (do I have to bring chair into one room?) and other bulkier categories made it less relevant to my needs. So, give it a shot, but these sorts of plans won't succeed unless you're able to commit to them.
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  • Michal Lynn
    July 5, 2017
    This was such a fun way to read about the KonMari method, something everyone has surely heard about in the last couple of years. I never really knew what it was all about but I was curious and I'm so glad I picked this up. I'm not a very tidy person. In my mind, I'm this organized, professional gal. In reality, my clothes are in piles and I have a personal office space in my home that I never spend time in because it has become the place I put junk. This book really inspires me to go through my This was such a fun way to read about the KonMari method, something everyone has surely heard about in the last couple of years. I never really knew what it was all about but I was curious and I'm so glad I picked this up. I'm not a very tidy person. In my mind, I'm this organized, professional gal. In reality, my clothes are in piles and I have a personal office space in my home that I never spend time in because it has become the place I put junk. This book really inspires me to go through my things and FINALLY get rid of the stuff that has seriously been holding me back. I hope to use this method soon. Perhaps I'll report back in a little while?
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  • Tina
    July 6, 2017
    Cute book with lovely illustrations. A fun, quick read. However it was just a condensed version of her other books in a manga format. None of the info was new or unique to this book. I would recommend it as a standalone choice instead of her other books, particularly if you like mangas, but not so much as a follow up read as it is quite repetitive.
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  • Veronica
    July 8, 2017
    A graphic novelization of Marie "Konmari" Kondo's life-changing tidying method. Really enjoy it! As well as being entertaining, it is also informative.I will buy a second copy so I can colour one in :)
  • Laurie
    July 6, 2017
    Loved, loved, loved this book. I haven't read her other ones, but this one got me started and the results so far have been amazing! After reading this I now understand her method better, the whole "Joy" thing doesn't really make sense until you understand the whole method. Highly recommend!
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  • Chris Steele
    July 5, 2017
    So I've wanted to read The book this is a manga form of, saw this and was like Yes! So happy. You to may enjoy this Manga or the book it's based off of. Just remember reading alone will not put in the time of tidying or help Spark Joy in your life.
  • Megan
    July 8, 2017
    This manga is adorable and funny, a wonderful little refresher/introduction to KonMari Method. Perfect for someone who's interested in tidying but perhaps not quite ready to commit to reading KonMari's earlier books (although they're delightful, you should!).
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  • Michael Chang
    July 2, 2017
    A great overview of the KonMari method.The book is flipped left-to-right, which is unusual for modern manga. Maybe the publisher thought that would make the manga more accessible, considering how popular the original book was.
  • Uzay
    July 7, 2017
    I really enjoyed reading this as a manga and not as a "self help" book. The story and instructions are easy to follow and make logical sense. We are moving into a new condo next month; I will definitely try some of these tidying up methods.
  • Karen
    July 9, 2017
    You could read this in a couple of hours, but there's actually a lot to unpack here. It's really asking you to change your mindset. I wonder how many times I'll have to come back to this before it sinks in.
  • Merri Su
    July 8, 2017
    My personal quest to declutter (and get motivated to declutter) continues. This installment contains all the same points, process, and philosophy as the original book but in a much quicker-to-read format.
  • Rachel Sonnen
    July 9, 2017
    Very quick read in a manga store. The lessons provided in this book are very practical and can be immediately acted upon.
  • A
    July 6, 2017
    Nice easy read. I wanted an FAQ appendix for corner cases.
  • Erika W. Smith
    July 4, 2017
    All konmari's books have the same info in slightly different formats but I LOVE THEM ALL and will read them all.
  • Bianca
    July 8, 2017
    This book makes tidying fun through a story and it incorporates tips all along! I really recommend it.
  • Sarah Luchins
    July 1, 2017
    Very adorable. I especially love the two pages about folding underwear that ends with them staring lovingly at a drawer of neatly folded panties.
  • Rachel Bayles
    July 3, 2017
    Cute book. A good (and slightly different) recap of her method.
  • Ann
    July 10, 2017
    Gift from a friend. Very cute art, and adds a gloss of story around Marie Kondo's book. If you've read her other book-books, it doesn't really add much, but was funny and fun to read.
  • Sam Nelson
    June 27, 2017
    Such a cute adaptation of Marie Kondo's original book. 😍
  • Lindsaygail
    July 4, 2017
    I found this delightful, and even easier to follow than her first book about her tidying method. I may even break out of my love of hanging everything up and try her clothes folding methods.
  • Cynthia Yen
    July 2, 2017
    Easy reading yet the key points of Konmari is hereVery lively illustration of Konmari method. Easy reading. A good starting point to know Marie Kondo and her Konmari method.