Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

Title: The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up
Author: Marie Kondo
Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Penguin Random House), 2017 (Paperback)
Length: 186 pages
Genre: Adult; Graphic Novel, Nonfiction
Started: February 5, 2018
Finished: February 6, 2018

From the back cover:

Marie Kondo, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, presents a graphic novelization of her famed KonMari Method that's sure to spark joy!

Chiaki is a young woman in Tokyo with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, decluttering guru Marie Kondo helps Chiaki exorcise the spirits of boyfriends past, organize her living space, streamline her wardrobe, and unearth her passions. In the end, will Chiaki finally find what brings her joy?

I'd heard of this cleaning method, not necessarily by name, but by the trademark "if it doesn't bring you joy, throw it out" line. That's more or less how I clean already, so I didn't really learn anything from reading this, but it was such a cute read. The visual medium I'd imagine also helps reinforce some concepts like how to fold clothes to conserve space, and how to hang clothes in a closet; the diagrams were nicely done. The story is very cliche and predictable if you're familiar with manga conventions, but again it was still enjoyable.

This is worth the read just to satisfy your curiosity. It's cute and comedic, so well worth borrowing from the library.

Thoughts on the cover:
Simple, yet effective.

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