- Series: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press (June 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399580530
- ISBN-13: 978-0399580536
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 417 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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". . . like a cartoon character come to life to bless you with tidiness."
-- The Washington Post
"Sparks of joy are guaranteed. . ."
-- Library Journal (Genre Spotlight: Graphic Novels)
". . . charming and whimsical . . . If organizational mandates are medicine, this book is like a spoonful of sugar."
-- Los Angeles Times
"Whether you're a dedicated Kondo follower, or a KonMari Method newbie looking for some organizational tips, this cute animated book is sure to inspire your inner neat-freak."
"Fans of Kondo’s runaway hit, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, will recognize tenets of her cleaning philosophy, woven through a classic manga-style read. Decluttering tips paired with a potential love story? I gobbled this up in a day."
"There aren’t many comics that teach actual practical lessons, which is what makes this one so surprising. This could be one of those rare examples of a comic with real universal appeal."
"Readers reluctant to submit to word-heavy lectures may be beguiled—and even con- verted—by witnessing Chiaki’s success as played out in an enjoyable story that paints Kondo as more inspiring than inquisitorial."
-- Library Journal (Review)
Previous praise for Marie Kondo:
". . . the organization expert who dazzled the world. . ."
"Just in time to make good on your New Year’s vow to get organized."
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". . .perhaps the world’s only decluttering celebrity."
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". . .Marie Kondo is helping the world to properly (and lovingly) store their most beloved possessions, one fold at a time."
"To show you how serious my respect for Ms. Kondo is: if I ever get a tattoo, it will say, Spark Joy!"
-- Jamie Lee Curtis, TIME
"The most organized woman in the world."
". . . her voice . . . is by turns stern and enchanted, like a fairy godmother for socks."
-- The Wall Street Journal
"Kondo's method really can change your life — if you let it."
"Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?"
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"Its strength is its simplicity."
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About the Author
Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, star of the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.
Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her tidying consultant business as a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying expert helping people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration.
Marie has been featured on more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, Vogue, Ellen, the Rachael Ray show, and many more. She has also been listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.
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Please note, I'm not a hardcore Konvert - I've done things a bit more gradually than she prescribes... but her philosophies have really changed how I see my material things, and her books provide wonderful inspiration for anyone creating a home. Historically, I struggled with letting go of items because of the emotional significance attached to them, and this manga tells a very sweet story of Marie Kondo helping a young woman with that same struggle. I read this after having already read the first two, so while it wasn't "new" to me, it was really delightful. It's a lot more concise than "Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and "Spark Joy" (both of which I really enjoyed, mind you), which means it is a great read for people who are pressed for time (or don't love reading longer books, or want to offer someone a quick intro to the method); it covers the essentials of the KonMari method and uses the visuals and narrative format to give some extra punch to the advice
Long story short, THIS PRESENTATION WAS FANTASTIC!
I even picked up a hard copy of this for my physical shelf and I think it will get to live there for quite a while. Also, I think when a character was used to go through the process (Chiaki) even though I don't have the same issues, it helped to see that it's not just a clinical process that hits everyone the same way, but it's a personal (I can't believe I'm going to use this phrase...sorry universe!) journey from where you are to where you want to go, and at some point if you're doing it right, it's going to feel weird.
I did the clothes purge and got rid of a basket and a half to donate and threw away another basket worth. In the initial purge there were 2 baskets worth of my boyfriends clothes mixed in so i had to seperate that out as i went. All the white tanks are for work under my uniform. I have the hung stuff rising to the right but kept my workout tops in one section at the end together. I'll still have to reorganize them, but they feel better i think. Love that the drawers look pretty and i can see everything. Cant wait to do more and finally decorate aftr living in our new place for a year now. I want it to feel like a home not an apartment. We dont plan on moving for a long time so i dont feel like if i hang stuff on the walls im just gona take it down latr anyways so whats the point. I want to enjoy our space before we get a house, if we ever decide to, that is.
After reading it I asked if she liked it and she said “I did! But I’m still not going to do it.” ;-)
Then a month or so later she picked it up and read it again! And while cleaning her room with her grandmother yesterday said “you sort by categories, not location!” I said, “oh so you remember that from the book?” And got a face from her (doesn’t want mommy to be right) but I’ll take it. So while it may take her a bit to fully embrace, it was an approachable way for her to learn about tidying and she’s learning to let go of things she doesn’t need at a much earlier age than I did!
Marie helped me deal with the emotional side of keeping stuff so I could let go of what I no longer need