I’m sure that by now you’ve heard of Marie Kondo. Her method of finding “Joy” in everyday objects as you tidy has been a big thing for a while now. I’m one of those people that likes to clean and organize. I love to arrange things and I take great pleasure in having made something look tidy. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up has been on TBR for a while now, but I never got around to it. Recently I discovered The Life Changing Manga of Tidying up and I thought it was so cute, I had to pick it up. It’s written by Marie Kondo herself and from what I can tell, covers her methods as thoroughly as her original book.
This one is written in the form of a story. We follow a girl named Chiaki, as she becomes frustrated with her cluttered apartment. She meets a cute guy who lives next door, and he complains about the state of her balcony, prompting her to clean up. (He’s cute after all.) She calls on Marie Kondo who gives her “tidying lessons.” Chiaki is walked threw the KonMari method step-by-step and us right along with her. We have lessons on proper folding, and filing, and storing the things we deem to spark Joy. We watch as Chiaki’s life changes and how much having a clean and tidy home impacts her.
I really enjoyed this book. I gave it 5 stars! I thought it was so cute and packed with information. I love that it’s in story form, it’s relatable and simple to follow along with. I actually took a break while reading to clean out my closet. No joke. She motivates me, and while I’m not going to rid my home of my book collection, I’m definitely ready to crack down on things that I keep “just because” – unworn clothes, unnecessary papers, I might even go through my nail polish box and throw out the dried up bottles…
Overall, this book was super cute and would be a great read for anyone. Because, lets face it, we all have stuff, “just because” or because “What if?” and we’ll be happier and possibly healthier too, if we just move on.