What is this about?: Chiaki is 29 years old and a mess — literally. Her apartment is a mess, and she wants to tidy herself and her life up, but she just isn’t getting anywhere. What happens next? Marie Kongo to the rescue!
What else is this about: To Kondo or not to Kondo, that is the question. This is a fun introduction to all things Marie Kondo, coupled with cute drawings and adorable love story.
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 Life-Changing Manga of Tidying up really is a love story.
Chiaki lives in Tokyo, and we find her at a point when her life is kind of out of control. One night she puts a bag of rubbish out on the balcony and promises herself she’s going to put it in the actual rubbish bin of her building where it should go… but instead gets a complaint from the very cute next door neighbour about the smell — and rightly so.
So who else should a girl turn to for help but Marie Kondo!
Marie Kondo is a whirlwind, sweeping into Chaiki’s life and taking her through her rules for tidying up. It’s interesting because as much as I have heard about Kondo, I haven’t been able to sit through her Netflix series, but this manga gave me a chance to think about her tips and her process of tidying up.
And yes, there’s a bit about tidying up books too
I remember the brutal backlash to something in her series about this, but really her work is about making sure you have the books you love in your book case — and not the ones you don’t — and let’s face it: there’s a reason our TBRs are neverending bc we just keep adding books to them and others just keep falling lower and lower on our TBRs until we forget they’re there.
All Kondo is advocating is clear out the books that are falling lower and lower on your TBRs (and bookcases) bc if you haven’t got to them yet, you’re probably not going to. (My hats off to those of you who are alreading Kondo-ing without even realising by ploughing through your TBRs or cleaning them up).
All in all, this is fun. And really what more could you ask for?!