Book Review: The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up


The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up

Do you remember when Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up was published and the KonMarie method swept the nation? Like many others, I read the book right away (see my review here, almost three years ago!) and was intrigued by her methods for tidying up – not just your home, but your life.

In The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo again reveals her secrets for tidying up, this time in graphic novel form.

I will admit that I haven’t read many graphic novels. The truth is, there are so many that look good that I simply don’t know where to start or what series to begin with. This book was a good introduction for anyone who wants to get into graphic novels.

The characters in this book are:

  • Chiaki Suzuki (who needs help tidying her apartment and her life)
  • Marie Kondo (otherwise known as KonMarie, the tidying consultant)
  • Chiaki’s (cute guy) neighbor who isn’t given a name but pops up now and again

Chiaki is as new to tidying as the reader might be, so KonMarie starts at the very beginning with introducing her methods. The story contains ten chapters, ranging from visualizing your ideal lifestyle, tidying by category, and storing things where they belong.

Chiaki is stubborn about tidying and feels compelled to hold onto things of sentimental value, things she “might need someday” and things she feels like she should keep but doesn’t have a concrete answer as to why. These might be similar concerns that we have when it comes to tidying our own homes, and KonMarie addresses each with care and understanding. Chiaki does manage to get her apartment in order, and thus her personal life is on the rise soon after.

Spring Cleaning

This book was timely as this time of year is all about spring cleaning. After reading, I was definitely inspired to look at my own apartment and try to figure out how I could change things, even slightly, to be more tidy.

I certainly have areas in my home that are cluttered, along with things I keep for reasons I can’t even explain. KonMarie does such a good job of explaining that most of the things we hang on to, we don’t really need to keep. The odds and ends we stash away for “someday” often never get used and only end up taking up space.

Below are some of my favorite excerpts from the book:


“We read because we want to experience reading. If we’ve read a book once, we’ve experienced it. Even if you don’t remember it well, it’s still inside of you.”
“Imagine a bookshelf filled only with books you love. Isn’t that the ultimate dream come true?”


Lastly: what are some good graphic novels to read? I so enjoyed this one and I can’t wait to find something just as nice!

What About You?

What are some of your spring cleaning tips? Tell me in the comments!



*top photo via Pinterest and does not belong to me but isn’t it gorgeous?

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