I’d be willing to bet money that you’ve probably heard about Marie Kondo’s uber best-selling book The life-changing magic of tidying up, aka The Konmari Method. But now, the author has launched a new version of her book to make it even more appealing to read. That’s because it’s now a manga graphic novel.
Considering I’ve got a manga-loving teen in my home who could use some major organizational help that’s not in the form of her mother nagging her (hi honey!), we actually pre-ordered The life-changing manga of tidying up and let’s just say it has not disappointed. She grabbed it, ran upstairs, and immediately started organizing her room. Not kidding.
Unlike the original bestseller, this version shares all her ground-breaking organizational tips in story form, with Kondo agreeing to take on a new client named Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who lives in a very cluttered apartment. As the story unfolds, through illustrations and storytelling — SPOILER ALERT — Chiaki is able to declutter her home and her life. Cue angels singing.
Now, just because it’s a manga graphic novel doesn’t necessarily mean it’s aimed at kids. My daughter is a mature 13 and has been wanting to clean up her room so she can get a lizard (Don’t ask. Send help). I’d say if you’ve got a teen or young adult who could use some decluttering assistance and they won’t listen to you, this could work.
But, really, it’s just great for us parents (and grown-ups), who don’t have a ton of time to read an organization book but could really use the help. This version makes it much more interesting and dare I say, fun. Remember that?
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