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.
Marie Kondo (近藤 麻理恵) is a Japanese organizing consultant and author. Kondo's method of organizing is known as the KonMari Method, and one of the main principles is keeping only possessions which "spark joy."
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. I actually have a few more things I want to add to my big giveaway pile after reading this little book. I love giving stuff away, it's so refreshing to get things out and know that someone will actually use it =) I don't think I would have paid much attention to the real book (I think there is a real book format) as much as I did with this little manga. It was just too cute and I loved the pictures.
There just happens to be a cute boy next door that she can invite over after she tidy's up! ♥
He got to see her house by accident before it was clean and he freaked. I mean, I would too. It was super impressive when it was clean though.
Either way, I loved this book being in manga form. I really enjoyed it.
*Thank you to BloggingForBooks for a print copy of this book.*
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 sense immediately since it is all visual. I loved this book!
Some of the ideas in the book are just out there as in "far out, man", even to a Portlandian like me. I don't care if my clothes receive my love and appreciation, I'm not going to fold dresses and skirts into a drawer. But, the advice on getting rid of the clutter is priceless. I especially like and will use the information on sorting all the paper that seems to accumulate constantly in my house.
I know a lot of my reader peeps will cringe at the "getting rid of books" section! I happen to agree with the author. I only keep books I love and that bring me joy. Once I have read a book, I pass it on to someone else because I have already experienced it.
My 20-year old is anxious to read this precious little book and I would be thrilled if some of the tidying ideas that Marie Kondo introduces will take hold! Thanks so much to Ten Speed Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. All opinions are my own.
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. 🤷🏼♀️
Would recommend this to the highly disorganised people. I knew most of these tricks beforehand thanks to my mom, who never let me make the house untidy. But it was a super cute manga and I guess it's easier to read compared to the original book.
Imo it's more compelling than Netflix series I think.👍🏻
It piqued my curiosity, held my interest, and didn't take long to finish.
Ms. Kondo put forth some interesting ideas and helpful suggestions re: tidying up.
And, yes, she totally goes there regarding all the books I... I mean, Chiaki has.
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Confession… I wasn’t a huge fan of “Spark Joy: An illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying up”…. years ago, [but I had a few great laughs with my daughter and husband about it]— I was a little naughty — ‘making fun’ of the theory of ‘joy’ and our utensils… etc. Read my 3 star review if you want to laugh at my pessimistic attitude…. But…. Then… Why did I read this “Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up”? It’s about a 5-hour story reason. Got time? Of course not…. But… The short answer is that I met a young woman - sitting next to me on a plane - in Dec. 2021- returning from a vacation in Kauai.
Michelle is 29…. bright-successful-and beautiful. We are still connected at the hip … SHE LOVES this little book!! So, I said, “Okay, I’ll read it”. I always try to keep my word. I did. (read it) It’s cute!
….Michelle and I have a spa/lunch date for my birthday in May. (so no plans on dropping our new friendship)
Since our 5-hours plane ride… [I was seated between Paul and Michelle]… where we were sharing Kauai organic chocolate—and having explosive-awesome-conversations…. ….Michelle and I continue to stay in contact. ….We bonded big time!! ….She joined Goodreads … …She bought a kindle ….She joined Netgalley ….She’s already reading more. ….We text, phone, and solve all the world’s problems.
… Although Michelle is a big-deal-social-media influencer queen…. [Who knew that playing online could be so profitable?] Michelle is also down to earth and real. ….She loves reading — ….She’s vibrant and beautiful. ….Her exuberant personality is contagious.
….Michelle loves Marie Kondo…. ( the author of these tidy books)… …and since Michelle talked about this Manga book for five hours ( kidding) - five minutes — I bought this little ‘cutie-of-a - physical book- to remind me of my her …
Plus, I felt I ought to give this author another fair chance. I wasn’t a buzz-kill this time around either.
I’m already a neat- organized -type … (so why did I need this book?)….I didn’t …. But interesting as life goes…. ….at the moment — instead of tidying our house — we’re destroying it… Remodeling is so much fun…. — no fair laughing!!! Just send me bottles of wine ( even though I don’t drink)… or…. Yummy organic vegan chocolate from Kauai (I’m picky about my chocolate)….
So, yeah, this tiny book has cuteness written all over it …..with all the wise philosophical words needed to live a happy-tidy-non-messy-life. 🧹 ha!
Reading this book actually high key stressed me out because I am just as messy as Chiaki in this book, and I haven't done a damn thing about it. Get rid of my books? NO THANK YOU. But Marie Kondo was really getting pushed hard by pop culture outlets like BuzzFeed and social media influencers, so when the manga version of her popular book showed up in the library, I thought, "Why not? Perhaps this will be the impetus to change my slovenly ways and discover cleaning magic!"
I like Marie Kondo. She seems adorable and I hope she's as nice as she seems on TV because it would be a shame if it was all actually an act. I don't think it is, though. She seems sincere, which makes it harder to criticize her tried and true method. I'm glad it works for her and so many others but this system really does not work for me for a wide variety of reasons.
First, I don't really like how the book talks down to the audience. Marie Kondo talks to her would-be disciples the way a preschool teacher instructions their children. She has you "clap" to wake the books up after you set them down on the floor because they've been sleeping, or something like that. Then you have to thank everything as you get rid of it, because it brought you joy at some point in your life (enough so to buy it, anyway). This felt really silly to me and I could never in a million years see myself doing any of these things without feeling like a fool. Maybe that says more about me than it does about Marie Kondo, but still--
Second, I'm not really sure I agree with her method of getting rid of books. Instead of reading through them (which she discourages), she suggests putting your hand on the cover and seeing how it makes you feel. Honestly, the best method (for me) has been to read the first 50 pages and then toss it if you're not feeling it. Maybe if you're just going off of cover appeal and nostalgic value of books you've actually read this might work, but I'm not sure how productive this exercise is if you're not allowed to read the inside pages or look at the book jacket in the decision process.
Third, there is a definite privilege element to this book. Getting rid of things you don't need now with the argument that you can always get them again later is a very upper middle class sentiment. I remember seeing an article which I wish I could remember now which was picking apart the class disparity between the people on Marie Kondo's show and the show Hoarders. Hoarding is an element of OCD, but I think there is a tendency for people who don't have as much to want to keep what they have, because they can't afford to just give away and re-buy things. You want to keep things around "just in case," because you never know when they might become necessary. Reusable, repurposeable, and replacement things are a necessity when you don't know if you'll be able to buy another one of the things you had, and it might be cheaper to fix. The luxury of getting rid of everything you own for aesthetic purposes is a very privileged concept that not everyone can share or appreciate.
Rather than the straightforward instructional format of her book, this one is told in narrative format with Marie befriending the aforementioned Chiaki, a bit of a compulsive hoarder. Her home is a mess and when her cute neighbor sees it, and complains about the garbage on her balcony, she is humiliated. Marie gives Chiaki "tidying lessons" taking her through the Konmari method step by step. At the end, people are praising her for looking cuter, she gets compliments on her home, and the neighbor guy next door asks her out and then brings her a housewarming pie. This too, can all be yours, if you buy in to the Konmari method. The emotional manipulation!! I lol'd. It reminded me of this self-help book I had in high school called THE FABULOUS GIRL'S GUIDE TO GRACE UNDER PRESSURE, which portrayed this highly idealized aspirational life of a specific socioeconomic status with all these rules. Clearly it made an impression; I remembered it over ten years later, because I remember reading it and thinking, "I have to do ALL THIS??"
The manga is cute and if Konmari's method works for you then that's great. But I can also see why so many of my friends disliked this book (especially for the section on books, lmao). It's not for everyone and I think it's important to keep that in mind when making the purchase.
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.
It was a perfect little summary of Konmari. The Manga is about Chiaki, a Sales rep with a messy home. Marie Kondo helps her to tidy up her home and her life. The illustrations were absolutely fitting for every moment and so so cute!
I loved this book so much. Definitely a recommendation!
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 a story-based manga format. The illustrations in it are adorable, and the story was one I connected to very much. The manga focuses on the efforts of 29-year old Chiaki as a single woman who can't seem to keep a boyfriend, works a busy job, and comes home to a house that's...less than tidy. (Understatement.)
Chiaki really wants to learn how to tidy, so she googles resources to help her do so. In pops KonMari to save the day. Chiaki goes through each of the principles of the KonMari method, but at the same time finds herself connecting to the reasons why her life seems so chaotic. There's even a something of a cute budding romance story in here. I'll admit I had a big goofy grin on my face as I read through this (it's a quick read, probably less than an hour if you read it in one sitting). It's one I'm really glad I've added to my personal library, and I would recommend it for anyone who wants a cute and quick reference to a rather cool method of organization.
Esta es una adaptación manga del libro sobre el orden de Marie Kondo. Esta mujer es una gurú que promete que tu vida mejorará si ordenas tu casa según su método. ¿Que por qué leí esto? Bueno, por trabajo. Pero en realidad (y sorpresivamente) me gustó. El formato de manga me atrapó de inmediato porque las claves y tips de Marie Kondo no estaban expuestas de un modo académico, sino involucradas en la vida de los protagonistas de esta historia (a la que le faltó un beso al final, pero oh, well...).
Me gustaron mucho todos los tips que sugiere para organizar ropa, papeles y otros objetos, pero estoy en profundo desacuerdo con lo que Marie Kondo piensa sobre los libros. ¿Cómo me vas a decir que los libros que no he leído nunca los leeré y que su momento pasó en el momento en el que no los leí cuando los compré? En eso no puedo estar de acuerdo. Nunca. Never. ¿AH? Y encima dice que la manera de escoger qué libros debes quedarte es ponerle la mano encima, sin abrirlos, y decidir si la sensación que te producen es de felicidad. I mean...*inserte emoji poniendo los ojos en blanco aquí*
I’m a skeptic about gurus in general, about tidying techniques in particular and especially about the KonMari craze that’s taken over the media in the last few years since Marie Kondo’s books started being translated from Japanese into English and her Netflix show became all the rage. I’ve always lived in what I like to refer to as my artists mess with lots of “inspirational” stuff around and clutter inevitably taking over. But once in a while I go through a purge and get rid of some excess stuff and do some organizing and yearn for a bit more visual serenity in the home in which I pretty much spend 24/7, being disabled by migraines and retired early for various health reasons & being a shut-in to avoid people and other irritants.
A few things I picked up about Marie Kondo’s approach through the grapevine was her suggestion to discard things with the idea of focusing on keeping things that “spark joy”. This seemed a bit silly to me, but I understand now that it simply requires a small shift in focus; instead of fixating on all the things that need to be gotten rid of, you need only consider what you actually don’t want to live without... and then get rid of all the rest. I can see how the shift of focus can make a big difference, but I don’t at all buy her claim that going through her method once will make you a tidy, clutter-free and joyful person forever and ever.
When I heard about Marie Kondo’s attitude about books, I decided I’d intuited rightly and that she definitely wasn’t for me: according to her, people only read the books they’ve just recently acquired, and hanging on to books you intend to read “someday” does NOT spark joy and all those other volumes on the TBR and in your shelves should be discarded without a second thought. To say I was outraged by this approach is putting it mildly. I became resolutely anti-kondo. Or in any case, she was never going to count me among her followers. Then a friend of mine said she didn’t buy the entire concept, but found parts of her approach helpful. So when this cute little manga became available to borrow from the online library catalogue I figured I’d see what I might cherry-pick for future use.
The first thing she advises is to start any tidying project by discarding excess stuff first. No use buying a bunch of storage systems for a whole lot of stuff that you don’t use anyway.
The second thing that makes good sense to me and which has been a huge hurdle is to sort things by category and NEVER by room or area because that approach becomes an endless tasks and pretty much ensures you’ll never see the end of it. She suggests starting with clothes first as the easiest category (clothes, then books, then papers, then hobbies, etc) and leaving sentimental objects and mementos to the very last, for when you’ve honed the skill of picking out those things you really want to keep because they “spark joy”.
The whole “spark joy” concept is a bit difficult to explain, but I think I get it. It’s about keeping things because you really like them and want them, not because you think they might eventually be useful or because you got them on sale or someone gave them to you as a gift or any number of reasons that make you hang on to stuff that ends up taking up space and dragging you down.
One thing which did speak to me and which probably is at the core of why we have a hard time parting with stuff we have no real use for is that we fear the future and hang on to things from the past as a way to cling on to memories, and not knowing what is ahead we keep things in case it will be useful someday, which reflects how unclear we are about our intentions in life. All definitely true for me. Still doesn’t mean I’m ready for a radical purge, much less to get rid of all those books I look forward to eventually reading, but I think I’ll be able to get rid of more things than ever before as it’s a skill I keep getting better at anyway as the years go by.
As for the rest, she’s got some neat folding techniques and insists all clothes should be manipulated with our hands to show it love or some such bosh. Apparently this takes up less storage space. She has other bits of magical wonder to impart, but I’ll leave it all to KonMari enthusiasts who actually believe in promises of anything at all being life-changing and permanent and a source of constant joy. Besides which, I’ll choose reading a book over folding laundry any time, so I’m not ever likely to have that perfectly neat home where not a single item is ever out of place. I wouldn’t be comfortable living in a space like that anyway... I have no need for a showroom—I Iike my home to look like someone actually lives in it.
I have already read the author's ”Spark Joy” book, but couldn't resist this one. The drawing style is appealing, and the story is done with some humorous scenes, all fitting into the way in which the KonMari decluttering is done.
The story goes: Chiaki Suzuki, a brewery company sales rep, is in her late 20s, single, and in desperate need of fixing her messy home (and her desk at work), which no doubt also is part of the reason some other parts of her life (relationships, diet) are not satisfying either. It all changes when she asks KonMari to help her tidy her home. KonMari is a tidying consultant in real life, so she's not really that shocked when she sees the mess. It's interesting to see what's in Chiaki's home. She has a kitchen-corner, which I've had in one place I lived – now I have a surprisingly roomy kitchen in my 2-room. Her place mirrors her neighbor's place, and it ends up looking similarly tidy too. Longer balcony, but whoa how messy her home is – all over the place!
Each chapter comes with an afterword of what's has been learned. At the beginning of the book we are introduced to the characters, including the young man next door (whose name is never mentioned). I think this form of book works best when you want to get to the point(s) quickly, like visual seeing more, and to just find the right place quickly again. And you can quickly also see the progress of clutter vanishing when you can compare the state of the room, easily leafing back and forwards.
Loved the ”kyun!” sound, it was a rather funny thing in the book. I'm not going through the tips and the way how they proceed through different categories, since most of it was already familiar to me, and it's a bit much to write about it again, since I've already reviewed ”Spark Joy”. (That one also has more folding techniques than are here, including for more challenging clothes.) I do still disagree with some of her points about books; if the book hasn't yet been read, it's not good enough a reason to discard, it needs more than that (even if just the lack of spark-joy!).
To be honest, I didn't really need this since I had that other book I mention in this review, but I do like reading mangas, and I had already seen before buying that I would like the drawing style and the story-flow of this one, so for me it was worth it. It's quite inspiring also, and something I might glance at if it's near me while I sit on my sofa, or near when I look at my shelves. It's very likeable.
Liked it, but give up my books?!? Actually, I think I’m doing ok with getting rid of things, but maybe I will look over my stuff and consider the “joy” the things give me. Worthwhile, quick read. I liked the folding lesson. That will help re: space for clothes. 3.5 stars, rounded up because it had given me some new ideas. Recommended if you are trying to downsize.
I loved this! It embodied everything I love about Marie Kondo and really did walk readers through her entire method, but in a way that had all the heart of a Japanese manga. Definitely keeping this one on my shelf to remind me that even on my messiest days, I'm no Chiaki-at-the-start-of-this-book. :P
Although I have Marie Kondo’s original book, and I keep telling myself that I’ll read it someday, I don’t think that it will be anytime soon, if at all. I struggle with the self-help/self-improvement genre. Knowing that I will likely never read the original book, I picked up this edition when we were in my favorite bookstore in Miami almost a year ago.
This was a quick and fun graphic novel. I assume that it’s a condensed version of the original book. I didn’t care for the character Chiaki or the romance/story aspect of it, probably because I’m too old. The art is cute and simple.
I’ve watched a few episodes of her show and I get the idea. It’s not really for me. I may take her up on how to fold some of my clothes. That’s about it. I’m not going to fold all my clothes. I want to see them, plus I don’t have enough drawer space. I’m also not able to only keep things that spark joy. There are many things that I am obligated to keep that don’t spark joy. I’m also not into some of the Shinto practices – thanking items, clapping books, and so on.
Second read I still really loved this book. Its just as inspiring as before. Do I agree with all the points in this book. No, but there are a lot of points that make sense. I am ready to discard (to a reasonable point) and organize.
First read I loved it. I am feeling inspired to declutter and minimize my house. Now I just have to get my husband on board. Lots of helpful tips to get out of your own way and turn your home and workspace into your happy place.
مانجا للكتاب لنفس الكاتبة باسم سحر الترتيب المانجا حقيقي جميلة وممتعة جدا ومفيدة اوي هي تقريبا نفس محتوى الكتاب بس مختصرة وابسط المانجا بتقدم خطوات فعلية تقدر تطبقها في حياتك و تنظم بيها كل حاجة في بيتك.
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.
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 believes you should be organizing your own items, rather than room by room. The main categories she uses for items in your life are clothing, books, papers and sentimental books. Her first lesson is to think about your ideal lifestyle and what you want to achieve through tidying. She then tackles the best way to sort through items in these categories and finally ideas on how to store them. Her mantra throughout the book is to only keep what “sparks joy” in you.
I understand the general principle of this book, but the big takeaway for me was clothing organization. I am not at all like Chiaki, who lives in what I’d classify as a dump and who is someone I’d consider a slob. Sorry to any readers whose homes might be cluttered and “messy” – I’m not saying you’re a bad person, but if you leave your clothes and dishes and papers lying haphazardly all over every inch of your place, I think you’re a slob. Despite Sweetbeeps’s best efforts to create piles of clothing all over our house, I generally keep things tidy and could have people over without freaking out about the general state of our lives.
But, I do tend to hoard certain items (other than books, yes) and we don’t have as much space as I’d like so tips on organization and culling my hoards are appreciated. I had already started the project of going through all my clothes before reading this and I did get some excellent tips on how to store clothes, especially in regards to folding what I keep in drawers. My closet storage is limited and that will be a challenge when I tackle it, but I can say since reading this book I’ve reorganized my bureau and folded my shirts and tanks and leggings per Marie’s method and it has given me more space and a better view of what items I have on hand. I won’t go into crazy detail, but she stresses storing items upright and folding them into rectangles, almost like they’re in a file folder – this method puts less weight on your folded clothes, in addition to making it easier to see what you have, and I guess they’re less likely to wrinkle. I haven’t had this method in place long enough to test the less wrinkle theory though.
Okay, so enough about clothing. What I really disagreed with Marie on was her theory for keeping or discarding books. She claims you should not be reading what the book is about, but rather just touching the cover and seeing if it sparks joy within you. Sorry, but that’s not how I work. She asks, “Do you feel joy when surrounded by books that you’ve never read?” YES. She believes that you’ve missed ideal time to read a book you own (re: immediately after buying it) then “someday” never comes and you’ll never get to that book. Well, despite having a frighteningly massive TBR, I do pick up books at random, even ones I’ve owned for years. She also notes that you should donate all these unread books and they’ll come back to you if they’re meant to. I don’t believe that either! And why would I donate a book I bought and then possibly someday buy it again?
It’s not to say I never purge my collection – I do get rid of books I didn’t enjoy after reading them and I will go through my shelves randomly and pick out books I know I’m not going to read and donate them. But it would be depressing to only own books I’ve read! I like living in a library, thanks.
I do need to go through some of my more sentimental possessions and find a better way to store them, but chances are I’ll always own a lot of “stuff” because I like owning stuff and things. I also neglected to thank my clothing that I was getting rid of or to toss a pinch of salt on something to remove bad karma. These are sort of cultural/mindset ideas that don’t gel with me and I don’t feel the need to perform them when discarding my things.
I don’t necessarily think I’m the target audience for this book, but it did inspire me to get back into going through my clothing, which I appreciated. I also understand the overall message, which is, don’t let items that don’t give you joy (or are functionally necessary, I suppose) clutter up your life. I think if you’re looking for a quick, animated summary of tips for organizing your whole home, you might enjoy this more than I did.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.
The book starts with the introduction of main characters and goes straight to the story of Chiaki, our main heroine and her troubles with love, life, flat, piles of stuff, .... you name it, she has it all. Chiaki has a little hoarding complex which brought to her life piles and piles of things that her flat underneath is not recognizable... when she starts to go through the stuff with konmari, it's easy to follow and understand why or what is done (ok, the original book has it too, don't get me wrong, here it's in a more playful way... plus I'm visual type :)). This book follows the usual tidying pattern as described in other books in complimenting way, I would say that there are some things I knew and I understood in the first book, however, some didn't give me that much sense, except that it's a recommendation, but were here clarified. Therefore you don't have to read both books, but it won't harm you to read them both or add even the Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Life-Changing KonMari Method to nicely round it to 3 :)
First sentence: You really want to tidy up, but you don't believe you can. Last sentence: I hope that through tidying you will experience joy in your life every day.
Always been a packrat . Recently have been finding junk whereever I turn in my considerably spacious home . So decided to clean up. Had heard about KonMari , but was very skeptical, and was also angry at her about her view on books , which is almost blasphemous for an ardent book collector like me. But this book opened my eyes. I have not ( and may never) reach the stage of discarding my books , but today have already disposed of 4 sackfuls of unnecessary material .
It is time to tidy up your life! Well, if you are such a terrible case as Chiaki is. :P
I already knew about the normal book, and I even tried it, but it just wasn't for me. So when I saw there was a manga for the book, I was curious, but also hesitant. I read a sample online and well, I couldn't resist. The art was fun, the story seemed interesting, and I wanted to know if garbage-dump-living Chiaki could change her way.
Chiaki is really terrible in cleaning/tidying up. I mean, I get that you get a bit sloppy with such a busy life as she has, but to turn your house into a garbage heap? Something out of a hoarders episode? No. I did wonder if her mom/dad/other adults ever taught her to clean, but given everything, I guess not? Thankfully our girl feels that something should change, she wants to invite people over, and also feel welcome in her home, plus not stab herself with random stuff. And that is when she finds an ad and Marie Kondo steps into her life. She will help with everything, though Chiaki will have to do most things on her own, Marie just tells her what to do and how to keep it neat. I quite like that, I was worried that Marie would help with everything and then Chiaki wouldn't learn anything.
In between the chapters we have little help parts that again explain what happened in this chapter/what Chiaki learned and gives us some more pointers.
There was also a hint of romance, though I do hope that this romance has better luck for Chiaki than her previous romances (and I also hope that she won't take his hobbies/collect stuff for that hobby, like she did with all her other boyfriends). But I have a good feeling about it. They do match together and it seems Chiaki is truly happy with him.
I loved seeing Chiaki's home get more and more clean, she really has a nice home... under all that junk.
Plus I am happy that not only did we see Chiaki's home, we also saw her work, have lunch, and we see her past (boyfriends mainly).
Also, really, why does she keep all the stuff from her boyfriends? I can understand smaller items that have emotional value, but snowboards? Tea stuff? I would throw them out as fast as I can when after a break-up.
I did feel that it was a bit too preachy at times for me. It felt a bit like if you don't do it the Marie Kondou way then you are doing things wrong. Also the whole your items/clothes support you so you should love and respect them was just a bit too much for a down-to-earth girl like me. No, I am not going to clap my hands or wave my hands to "wake up" my stuff. Eh, not like I need a tidying fairy, my house is so sparkly my boyfriend makes jokes about it often. ;) And sure my clothes are not folded as fancy as her way (not really possible due to my closet), and sure we have a lot of stuff (at least that is how it feels to me), but no way I am throwing more stuff away, I already clean enough, and my boyfriend already tells me that stuff can just stay and I shouldn't clean too much. :P
The art was also nice, one of the reasons I got this book.
It was a bit confusing though as this is a manga, but it is published the Western way. So as you can imagine at times I felt like I was reading it the wrong way.
But all in all, I really enjoyed this manga, and Chiaki was just a fabulous protagonist, hopefully she can keep it up and doesn't make her home a mess again. I would recommend this manga.
As a huge manga enthusiast, I absolutely LOVED this book because of all of the intricate details included in the illustrations. Plus, I love a cute romantic comedy, which I didn't expect from a home organization and decluttering book.
Not only are the illustrations absolutely beautiful, but this book conveys a STRONG message on HOW much of an impact a clean home really makes on your ENTIRE life. There is so much character development and growth from the female main character (who is single), which I love. With every passing chapter, you are able to see her grow into the best version of herself - from her home to her everyday wardrobe to her mental clarity to her romantic life.
I'm not somebody who often rereads books, but this is a book that I can speed-read and enjoy again and again. I highly recommend picking this book up.
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.