The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

The Life-Changing 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 r...

Details The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up

TitleThe Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up
Release DateJul 4th, 2017
PublisherTen Speed Press
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Self Help, Comics

Reviews The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    This book was sooooooooooooo cute =)And I did actually learn some tidbits of information about getting rid of stuff. I have been getting rid of stuff for some time now but it never seems to make a difference. And I have recently started getting rid of books I'm not going to read again so it's making more room! Chiaki is the girl in this book and boy is she a hoarder! But I thought Chiaki and Marie had a good time tidying up and setting priorities...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    The KonMari Method of household organization has been bantered about amongst my friends for the last year, but I had not read the book until now. This graphic novel is a super cute, appealing way of presenting the valuable information to all ages. I read it fast, went back to reread sections and I love the illustrations. I have never even looked at a graphic novel before, and I was pleasantly surprised by how fun this one is. The techniques make ...
  • Cyndi
    I read KonMari’s book, The Magic of Tidying and it was excellent! This one added more info and was even more helpful. The visual in the manga art was very useful. Gotta admit, though that I skipped the tidying of books a bit. Clothes? No prob. Movies? Yep. Music? Pshaw! But, books? ✨Joy! ✨Joy! ✨Joy! Oh well. 🤷🏼♀ I read KonMari’s book, The Magic of Tidying and it was excellent! This one added more info and was even more helpfu...
  • Rose
    Quick review for a quick read. I could say that my initial reaction upon finishing this book was "ERMAHGARD, THIS IS SO CUTE AND INFORMATIVE AND I CAN'T DEAL, AND KONMARI REALLY DOES LOOK LIKE A FAIRY! GAAAAAAAAAHHHH!" But then that really would only scratch the surface of the amount of joy that I received from this book. It's a cute story that takes many of the principles from Marie Kondo's "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and puts it in ...
  • Anki
    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 canno...
  • Julie
    This was insightful. Honestly I want to get rid of all the unnecessary junk in my room because I'm always a mess. I haven't started yet so maybe I'll update later on if it worked or not.
  • Amanda
    When I heard there was a manga version of this book, I was very intrigued. It was a cute refresher on tidying and makes me want to do another round. I’m still keeping all my unread books though. :P
  • Lauren
    Konmari revolution - in manga! All the same concepts and categories, and the visual book format was fun to read. People read books like this for inspiration, and it worked! I am konmari-ing my bookshelves and office now. Spark joy!
  • Ilinalta
    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.
  • Katie
    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.
  • Shanley
    I have an annual tradition of reading "the life changing magic of tidying up" (yeah i'm crazy), but this manga was a nice substitute this year to give me the organizing pick-me-up that I needed. I don't know what it is about KonMari but she has some kind of magic fairy dust strangle-hold over me. I can't get enough of her.
  • Milliebot
    2.5 starsThis review and others posted over at my blog. I don’t normally read these type of lifestyle books and a manga edition was probably the only way I was ever going to pick up this book.It’s a cute comic (fyi: it’s not set up in traditional manga style, you read this from front to back and left to right, or it won’t make much sense lol) and I enjoyed the art style. Marie organizes the book by category of items – the way she belie...
  • Brittany
    I really clicked with this concept and am currently in the process of Konmari-ing my apartment.
  • Jocilyn
    I read this title out of curiosity as non-fictional manga so rarely get picked up for translation. I admit to feeling more than a little let down. KonMarie comes off as a condescending guru. Her philosophy seems to be rooted in some neo-Shinto transcendental one-size-fits-all approach that feels problematic in application. Also her broken logic that feeling empowered by tidying up will somehow translate into confidence with dating is unsettling. ...
  • Patricia
    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 insp...
  • Michelle
    Never have I felt so seen in a book. And by seen I mean read for filth because I live in filth. Well, I don't live in filth, but judging from Hoarders, I'm one personal tragedy from holding on to every styrofoam cup I buy.Anyways, I am like Chiaki except I don't pick up new hobbies for boyfriends but because of a vague idea of how the hobby will make me a better person. The ex-boyfriends are a nice metaphor to show how holding on to the past keep...
  • Jim Higgins
    A clear and entertaining presentation of her ideas in manga form
  • Haniva Az Zahra
    Tidak sulit menyelesaikan buku ini. Apabila dibandingkan, semua orang pasti tahu bahwa membawa buku edisi Manganya (komik) dibandingkan dengan yang berisi penuh tulisan tentu berbeda. Membaca buku aslinya membuat saya mengantuk, sedangkan buku ini saya selesaikan dalam kurun waktu kurang dari 1 jam saja. Saya jatuh cinta pada Konmari Method, namun setengah mati berusaha mempraktikkannya. Setelah membaca buku ini, saya semakin terbayang bagaimana ...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    I love this manga about Chiaki, who hires KonMari to give her tidying lessons, and discovers a new life for herself in the process.It really inspired me to get tidying and clean out all my junk! I really love the ideas in this book about finding joy, being real about your life, and finding your true self, and then crafting your living space to reflect what really makes you happy.One of the best things in this book is the advice that while you are...
  • Ryne Steinacker
    I stumbled across this manga at the bookstore. Some of my friends loved Kondo's original book and they were putting it into practice, but their interest wasn't enough reason for me to read that entire book. (Particularly because I'm not one for how-to or help books, usually.) This manga was a great overview of "The Magic of Tidying Up" for someone like me who feels too pressed for time to read the entire original. I also liked the interwoven narr...
  • Arminzerella
    Marie Kondo (Konmari) brings her decluttering techniques to manga in this storied and illustrated version of her bestselling self-help books, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and “Spark Joy.” Having read her previous books, I think that the manga version shows even more clearly (and visually) the process of categorizing belongings, choosing and keeping the things that make you happy (spark joy), and folding and storage methods. Whi...
  • Amanda
    A great little companion to the book by Marie Kondo, I loved how this graphic novel incorporated both a visual picture of a real living space and a story of a realistic person tackling their possessions. While I went through a large number of my possessions after reading Kondo's first book, this graphic novel has given me fresh inspiration and ideas for how to continue on my path to joy.
  • Mateen Mahboubi
    Doesn't really add much to the Life Changing Magic but it was a quick read with a cute story. I wouldn't rely on this for the full lessons that Marie Kondo has developed but it's a nice overview and reminder for those that are familiar and might need a refresher. I did enjoy it and it was a reminder that I should probably do some tidying at home.
  • Heidi Gardner
    This book is the perfect summary of the Konmari method packaged in an adorable and charmingly illustrated manga. It's a quick read that will inspire you to read it reread the source material. But it definitely stands on its own as a story of a everyday human interaction and our relationship to the objects we acquire.
  • Steven Rybicki
    A really accessible intro to KonmariI didn't want to read Marie Kondo's full book, but I was interested in learning her framework for tidying/folding. This presents those in a concise, quirky, and funny way. I'd recommend it if you're planning on moving, and need to get tidy, or if you're an organization nerd like me.
  • Judah
    While I'm not sure i buy some of the eastern philosophy, the basic thesis ---that we hold on to thing for one of two reasons and let our emotional mind complicate things--- is interesting and plausible.
  • Rod Brown
    The fact that this manga exists sparks joy in me. Sure, it is a little corny/cheesy, but it hits the high points of Kondo's tidying philosophy. While I don't buy into the magical thinking used to spice it up, there are certainly some valuable cleaning tips to be gleaned.
  • Cass - Words on Paper
    Very cute. :) Might be a quick and visual way to help others along in their tidying journeys. If only I should show my mum this method... but there's no helping her. (She would just say she has no time.)
  • Ana
    A cute, accessible approach to the KonMari method..Read for Booktubeathon 2017 challenge: "finish a book in one day".
  • Erin
    I liked the original book, but I really think the visuals of this book help make the tasks more accessible.