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Title:
The life-changing manga of tidying up : a magical story
Uniform Title:
Manga de yomu Jinsei ga tokimeku katazuke no mahō. English
Author (alt. graph.):
近藤 麻理恵, author
ISBN:
9780399580536
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication:
California : Ten Speed Press, [2017]
Physical Description:
187 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in Japan as Manga de Yomu Jinsei ga Tokimeku Kataduke no Maho by Sunmark Publishing, Inc., Tokyo, in 2017"--Colophon.
Contents:
Decide to tidy up -- Visualize your ideal lifestyle -- Finish discarding first -- Tidy by category -- Just fold and stand upright -- Choose books by feel -- Papers and komono -- Leave sentimental items for last -- Store things where they belong -- Real life begins after putting your house in order.
Summary:
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and star of Netflix's Tidying Up with 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.


Author Notes

Marie Kondo runs a consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. Her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has inspired a book entitled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and a television drama for Japanese television.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A well-organized closet is the key to success in this spin-off from Kondo's wildly popular self-help book. Protagonist Chiaki is in dire need of assistance: her apartment is an ocean of clutter, and it's casting a pall over all aspects of her life. Luckily, Kondo is here to help her fold her t-shirts, toss her junk mail, discard books she's never going to read, and, in so doing, forge a path to true happiness. The "KonMari" method claims to be a form of magic that can unlock everything from promotions at one's job to romantic opportunities. This is, to put it mildly, a bit fanciful. But Kondo's organizing methods are undeniably effective, especially for anyone overwhelmed by the thought of finding a place to start tackling the mess. Uramoto's charming illustrations are flexible enough to capture both the fairylike Kondo and the true nightmare of Chiaki's living room. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In this fictional case study incorporating the philosophy of Kondo's best-selling self-help book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the practical techniques of its follow-up, Spark Joy, Chiaki is a messy, workaholic driven to hire Kondo when an encounter with the guy next door convinces her that her rats-nest apartment is sabotaging her entire life. Kondo first asks Chiaki to visualize her ideal future: How would she actually like to live? This simple challenge motivates Chiaki and hints at Kondo's appeal: people refusing to tidy under a parent's thumb are now tidying for themselves. Uramoto's (Less Than Married) charming art makes Kondo into a winsome shojo character and assimilates Chiaki into the tradition of a young manga heroine finding happiness. VERDICT Readers reluctant to submit to word-heavy lectures may be beguiled-and even converted-by witnessing Chiaki's success as played out in an enjoyable story that paints Kondo as more inspiring than inquisitorial. Both of the original nonfiction books were LJ "Most Borrowed," so expect demand. [Previewed in Douglas Rednour's "-Comics Cross Over," LJ 6/15/17, p. 40-46.-Ed.]-MC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.