The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: Kondo-ing like you haven’t seen before

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?!



  • Angela says:

    Oh, Marie Kondo – some of her ideas are good, but so much of it is impractical! I do agree about cleaning out TBRs and bookshelves, I do it every once in awhile or it becomes unmanageable. I wouldn’t agree with just getting rid of every book, though!

    • Verushka says:

      I keep books to donate to street libraries, or anywhere I can really. Reading about her ideas makes sense, but I haven’t yet put them into action lol

  • Jen Mullen says:

    About the only place I fall in line is in only keeping some of the books I read. I deliver boxes of books once or twice a year to an assisted living home and to a friend with a little free library. The books I keep are usually nonfiction or very special to me. I get so many books free as ARCs that I read once or in many cases, never. After my daughters pick through them, out they go. 🙂

  • This sounds pretty good! I did a lot of tyding up when we did our big move from Tennessee to Florida. And gave away a lot of books to the small library we had in our town there. I need to go though the ones I brought with us now too. They keep multiplying.

  • RO says:

    I actually had the chance to check Marie out on Netflix, and her suggestions actually got me moving into a lot less clutter at home, which I loved. What was a little more rough was her suggestion of downsizing my books, which is of course a no no. (lol) Then I saw her home which is very minimal, and I know I could never do, but I wish I could. (lol) But I’ll definitely grab this book which sounds pretty cool. Hugs, RO

    • Verushka says:

      That’s brilliant that you connected with her ideas like that. Am searching for something to watch on Netflix and I am thinking I might try her series again. Weirdly, when it comes to books I have no problems downsizing!

  • I’ve not really gotten on the Marie Kondo bandwagon because so many of her ideas sound like too much work, lol, but this sounds fun.

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