Thursday, February 01, 2018

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: a magical story, by Marie Kondo

Have you ever heard the phrase “tidying up” by Marie Kondo, or “sparks joy” and just snorted? Japan’s reigning minimalism queen released her famous book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing some four years ago (read Kathryn’s review here). This little book took the decluttering world by storm. The basic method is how an item makes one feel: it must “spark joy” in to keep it. Admittedly, I thought the idea just crazy enough to work but never finished the book. Luckily, Kondo is aware that without seeing her method in action, it may continue to be just a whimsical idea. She therefore teamed up with Yuko Uramoto to show, rather than tell, the secrets to her tidying up in her new manga The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: a magical story.

Chiaki Suzuki, audience surrogate and main character, is like so many of us who deal with problems just enough to get by for now. Unfortunately, this causes an overflow of junk throughout her life. When her tidy (and cute) neighbor comes by to complain about the smell of garbage on her balcony, she realizes she needs a miracle. Enter Kondo, who teaches her the Kondo Tidying-Up method.

With cute characters and illustrative diagrams, this manga steamrolls from start to finish. The reader will sympathize with Chiaki’s pain as she has to decide what in her life truly sparks joy, no doubt thinking of their own clutter.

Still not impressed? Maybe Kondo’s magic is not your cup of tea. Check out Tiffany's review for The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight. Or if you want to know more about decluttering, might I suggest The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning : how to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter, by Margareta Magnusson, or New Minimalism : decluttering and design for sustainable, intentional living by Cary Fortin. Happy early spring cleaning! By Nicole

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