Marie Kondo’s New Illustrated Book Is Sure to Spark Joy

The master of decluttering is now in manga.

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Just when you thought you couldn’t spark any more joy, or tidy up any further, Marie Kondo is back with an addition to her ever-popular New York Times bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This time in manga, with an illustrated version of her revolutionary version of de-cluttering, titled The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Upwhich hits shelves tomorrow, June 27.

An insightful and illustrated guide for both first timers and long-time Kondo’ers, the book is fun and whimsical but harder working that it might appear at first glance. Kondo imparts her wisdom and offers endless tips through illustrations by the award-winning manga artist Yuko Uramoto that tell the story of Chiaki, a young woman who hires Kondo to clean up her Tokyo home.

It really is a graphic novel that will teach you how to tidy. I, for example, realized I wasn’t folding my socks correctly when I saw the manga version that wonderfully and clearly displayed the correct folding method. Sorry drawers, I’ll do better from here on out.

In case you haven’t yet had the life-changing intro to the first book or Kondo herself, use this video as a starting point into your soon-to-be obsession with folding objects that only bring you joy. Look how happy she is perfectly folding clothes that then can stand on their own.

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Images reprinted from the The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up Copyright © 2017 by Marie Kondo. Illustrations Copyright © 2017 by Yuko Uramoto. Published by Ten Speed Press, an Imprintof Penguin Random House LLC.

Kristin Limoges


Kristin can usually be found face, hair, and body masking simultaneously, while thinking-up clever DIYs for her small-space Chinatown apartment. She’s always on the search for the greatest and most life-changing beauty and wellness hacks (hello nootropics and adaptogens) and is happy to report she loves dogs and cats equally.