Recent Reads: The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Stephanie Turner

5 Stars

August 17, 2017

I tried to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when it came out. I borrowed it from the library, but by the time I was able to pick it up it was due back for a hold for the next person, so I only ever got through the clothing section. I saw this version online and thought 'oh what a fun way to present this technique' and I was right.  In this version the technique is addressed through a story about Chiaki, a young woman that had too much clutter in her life. Marie Kondo comes in and gives her tips on how to tidy and as they progress the reader learns about tidying up and the various sections of the technique overall.


I found the Graphic Novel adaptation to be easy to read, it still has all the information you need and pictures are a wonderful teaching tool. I think that this version makes it easy for people to read and see what they need to do and it might even be more relatable for a younger audience and can be used for dorm packing and then moving into new apartments afterward. 


I really enjoyed reading this in this way and I will be sharing the techniques with others as well as trying to implement some - I could definitely use a clothing overhaul but the tidying of books isn't gonna happen at least not yet. I think this concept is great and now that I have learned it I can decide when the right time is to really use it.