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The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up
The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: The Story of a Messy Person Who Learns to Spark Joy in Life, Work, and Love | Marie Kondo
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From the #1 New York Times best-selling author and lifestyle/cleaning guru Marie Kondo, this graphic novelization brings Kondo's life-changing tidying method to life with the fun, quirky story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo's advice and inspiration. Marie Kondo presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who struggles with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. After receiving a complaint from her attractive next-door neighbor about the sad state of her balcony, Chiaki gets Kondo to take her on as a client. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home--and life--in order. This insightful, illustrated case study is perfect for people looking for a fun introduction to the KonMari Method of tidying up, as well as tried-and-true fans of Marie Kondo eager for a new way to think about what sparks joy. Featuring illustrations by award-winning manga artist Yuko Uramoto, this book also makes a great read for manga and graphic novel lovers of all ages.
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MelissaSue81
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So ironically I‘ve had Marie Kondo‘s book on my shelf for ages, and have never really been inspired to read it, but I needed a Manga for #readharderchallenge so I decided to read this. It was a good little summary of her method in a cute little story. I don‘t think her method is for me, but some parts of it could be useful.

mcctrish It‘s a cute ebook cover that looks like her 3w
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SqueakyChu
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Hahahahahaha!

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SqueakyChu
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No. Really. No.

Eggs 😂😂 1mo
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lilpumpkin2.0
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Here are the books for reference //

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lilpumpkin2.0
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November 14, 2019 I have wanted to read this book for so long. I finally got the book (while walking to the bookstore in the drizzling rain) and I even got a book by Gabourey Sidibe aka Gabby who talks about her personal life and how people should not be ashamed of who they are! Anyone who reads the book can relate to it and feel better about themselves... That's it for now

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SqueakyChu
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Does your clutter get you down? Literally? 😂

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SqueakyChu
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Ha! If your place looks like this, you might consider reading this book at the same time I am...which is NOW!

Caroline2 I loved this book!! 💖 1mo
SqueakyChu @Caroline2 Did you read her original book? I know many people made fun of it, but I rather enjoyed it. 1mo
Caroline2 Yes, I meant the original. (I haven‘t read the manga version yet.) I thought it was brilliant and totally changed how I tidy and organise. It‘s made a massive difference to my home and it no longer looks like the picture. 😉 1mo
SqueakyChu @Caroline2 i still fold my sweaters into squares! 😃 1mo
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KerriNTurner
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I really enjoy Marie Kondo‘s whole philosophy, and when I saw she had a manga book too I just had to buy it. It‘s super cute but also a great overview of all her techniques!

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freyaheart
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It's me.

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freyaheart
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Reading this again to try and clean my life up. Parents keep telling me go by area...

Caroline2 I think Marie is right, by category works better cause otherwise you can have stuff spread all over the house without knowing it. By gathering it all together it makes you realise how much you own. 👍🏻 5mo
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megnews
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I probably wouldn‘t have ever read the original but this gave an overview. One helpful tidbit was the quote in the upper right hand which will help me part with some things. I agree with the concept of books having served their purpose which is why I mostly use the library rather than purchasing. I also agree timing is everything for books. However I think it can be later so I wouldn‘t part with them. Books spark joy! Having a Western mind, ⬇️

megnews Some concepts such as items having feelings were hard to understand. Book 216/265 7/20/19 5mo
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megnews
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Why, yes, Konmari, yes I do.

hermyknee 😂😂😂 5mo
Susanita Of course I do. 5mo
Hooked_on_books Don‘t we all? 5mo
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Crazeedi Absolutely!❤❤ 5mo
Leftcoastzen Yes I do, smells like the future! 5mo
SqueakyChu I do, too! 1mo
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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Pickpick

I love manga in general but this book was much fun to read on commutes to and from work. I learned if it doesn‘t “spark joy” why keep it, wear it, or have it. Very inspiring book without you feeling like a hoarder lol

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sarahgreatlove
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Cute, weird, fun. I haven‘t read the actual book, or watched the show, but I really liked this book, and am now motivated to fold everything into tiny little rectangles. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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acupofwords
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I don‘t read a lot of manga, so I was not prepared for how amazing I would think this book is! Would definitely recommend to anyone who believes in the life-changing magic of tidying up.

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grothenberger
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I loved this little book! But then, I‘m a fan. Of both manga and Konmari. Her system actually made more sense after reading this one. If you like Konmari, this is a short, fun, must-read!

Chelleo I‘ve yet to check out this phenomenon. Will do so soon! Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 9mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 9mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Thank you @Chrys for the awesome #SFMBC package. I ♥💙💚 the extra books. The Beasts book is so cool. Thank you! @Avanders

Chrys Glad you like them 😁 9mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽🤗 9mo
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danibel
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Currently reading

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MadCatRamble
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So, I was skeptical but when my SIL handed this to me, I figured it couldn‘t hurt to glance through it and, to my utter surprise, I found myself absorbing Konmari‘s logic like a sponge. While I found some aspects problematic (the cute neighbor thread was a bit much) I really like how compassionate and individualized the method is. Will def be applying it to certain aspects of my life (though probably not my books).

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cleigholivier
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Super fun, easy, and helpful read! I actually loved it, and now I‘m ready to #konmari my whole house!! 😉🙃❤️ #butreally

RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!💜💙♥️💕💚 10mo
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Butterfinger Welcome!! 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 10mo
Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy ! 🎉🎉 10mo
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ceruleanjen
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First read for 2019. Relatively short. If you liked The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you'll like this. If you love manga, this may be a good way to check out the KonMari method if you haven't yet. Seeing the folding methods illustrated was helpful. 3.5⭐

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sisilia
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The only thing that I disagree with Konmari. My “someday” will DEFINITELY come! The books on my shelves are carefully curated. My collection is my pride AND my joy, Konmari. Don‘t touch my bookshelves 🙅🏻‍♀️

JamieArc Not to mention, just the presence of books sparks joy! Not just reading them! 1y
sisilia @JamieArc Exactly! 😄 Littens think alike 😘 1y
UwannaPublishme 😁👍🏻 1y
BookNAround I came across her thoughts on books and promptly got rid of her book because it itself didn‘t spark joy. 😂 1y
sisilia Hahahaha... a good one @BookNAround 👍🏻😹 1y
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sisilia
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I‘m about to embark the journey of Konmari minimalism. Wish me luck! 🤞🏻🍀 This is extremely difficult for me because everything “sparks joy” to me. My place is a joy BUT I must declutter! 😤💪🏻

Smarkies I would find this so difficult! 😂😂 1y
sisilia I think I will shed tears while doing it @Smarkies 1y
QuietlyLaura Good luck! Keep us posted. 🍀 1y
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Rissreads I used her technique to de clutter my wardrobe and it worked a treat! 5 garbage bags off to the goodwill later. I haven‘t regretted one decision made! It‘s very easy to do when you ask the right questions! 1y
sisilia @Rissreads That‘s good to hear. I hope I end up with much less - so many clothes that I haven‘t seen in at least a year or so. My place is like a war zone now, but am looking forward to the end result 🤞🏻 1y
Rissreads Good luck! 👍 1y
minkyb Good luck. 1y
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KayPhoenix
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A quick read at the library today. I loved it, and all of her books. This manga story was so cute and inspiring. Your life can truly improve with a clean, tidy environment.

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lauren.lerner I had no idea this had been made into a manga! 2y
swatreads @lauren.lerner You'll love this! This one is way more interesting than the other version😊 The tips and methods on tidying are told in the form of a really cute story with cute illustrations ❤❤ 2y
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swatreads
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This is by far the best book I've read this year! I could almost relate myself to Chiaki(I'm obviously not as messy as her?) but I do find it hard to part with stuff I don't use or doesn't "spark joy". I enjoyed the lessons in manga style. It is cute and fun and informative! The KonMari method is definitely something i want to try! I'm all set to apply these lessons in my life!❤ I'll probably carry this book everywhere with me? I love it!!
5/5

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CherryPie
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😂 Read the book. Thought it said too much about too little. Manga is just right (Goldilocks and the Three Bears style).

#librarybook #ebook

AmandaL I thought the same thing. 2y
CherryPie @AmandaL Cool! My name is Amanda L, too. 👍 2y
AmandaL @CherryPie Cool! 👍😊 2y
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icebearreads
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I've been curious about Marie Kondo's original book for a while and this comic version seemed like a quick and easy way to get the main points from the book. The art is adorable and the comic is a breezy read. I have trouble swallowing the idea how we arrange our possessions affects every aspect of our lives but reading this book did "spark joy" for me.

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jaimeisbionic
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Picked this up on a whim at the library and was surprised to find it quite useful. I've worked as an organizer so honestly I was a bit arrogant that some popular self-help book would teach me anything. I know from my own experience that our relationship to our possessions is really complex and reflective of so many larger thoughts and habits of our lives. It was nice to see this represented in a fun way that's also informative.

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vividandromeda
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This was such a cute, easy read that took me barely any time at all to finish! The art style is super cute, and it took the main points of the original book and simplified it, making it easily understood by everyone, which I love. I thought the story was adorable, and the tips were generally helpful/ interesting, though I disagreed with the book chapter.. I shall keep all my darling books thankyouverymuch! All in all, great and informative read!

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vividandromeda
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I'm currently reading this cute lil novel on the Libby app (I'm not really a fan of ebooks with a few rare exceptions, but this is basically an elibrary so I highly recommend it to you ebook fans) and I like it a lot so far! Both helpful and entertaining! I haven't read the book this is based on, but I decided to read this first since it's simply too adorable to pass up!

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hermyknee
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Okay. You guys. I am ready. I am ready to really tidy, and after I went through my clothes, I started on my books. I have several that I plan to donate, but a few special ones I think some Littens will love! I‘m calling it the #SparkJoyGiveaway! I‘ll post the photos as I de-clutter my apartment, and send the items out when I can (it might be after the holidays)

Are you ready for some giveaways?!

#SparkJoyGiveaway #HostPost

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hermyknee 💕

emilyhaldi Nice!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
mrozzz Amazing!! 🙌🏻 I should follow your lead 😄 2y
Kshakal Love it!!! 🤓 2y
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idrinkandiknowthings Yay! Great way to pay it forward 🤗☺️👏🏼 2y
AmyG Thank you! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
ElyssaReads I read the Spark Joy book last summer but have started accumulating again.... love the giveaway idea with what you decide not to keep! 2y
hermyknee @ElyssaReads I tried to read the original Spark Joy book and rolled my eyes a lot. But like any human, give me a good narrative and some pictures and I‘m hooked! 2y
Jas16 Love this idea! 2y
ElyssaReads @hermyknee ha the tone of the book did take some getting used to. 2y
Soubhiville Yay! I‘ll be watching for them! 2y
tpixie Thanks for the tag! Happy Cleaning!! 2y
Alicia Thank you tagging me! ❤️❤️ what a great idea!! 2y
ReadingRover Nice! This sounds fun! 2y
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hermyknee
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I loved this little manga! The ideas in it seemed a little silly at first, but as a person whose shelf space and cabinet drawers have been rendered utterly useless by disarray, I‘m more than willing to try it. My clothes are already in a pile on the floor, I just need to move it into my living room and see what “sparks joy” 😋🙃🤗

Laura317 @hermyknee I started but fell off the wagon. I might try again after the holidays. 2y
Alicia I tried the book book and barely made it through. Maybe I need the graphic novel too!! Such a good thing to aspire to. 2y
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hermyknee
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“It is so hard to let go of things that once brought us joy and are filled with precious memories. It feels like we are losing the memories along with them. But that is not the case. Memories that are truly precious will never be forgotten, even if we discard items associated with them.

What really matters is not the past but the person we have now become, thanks to those past experiences.” p. 148

TricksyTails Such a good reminder! 🙌♥️ 2y
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hermyknee
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They‘re pending! I‘ll read them someday when I‘ve got time! 😂😂😂 You were spot-on with this manga, @idrinkandiknowthings !!! 😅

SkeletonKey Stay away from my book mountains!! 2y
idrinkandiknowthings 😂😂 love it! 2y
Lchnessmnstr Someday does come! 2y
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MamaGina Back off, Kondo!!!😠 2y
hermyknee @idrinkandiknowthings @Lchnessmnstr @MamaGina Clearly Marie Kondo never heard of Litsy! 2y
MaureenMc 😄 2y
Amanda.T But someday DOES come, someday! 2y
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hermyknee
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😱

Laura317 😂😂😂 2y
JacqMac 😝 😂 2y
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hermyknee
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This is my life. Thank you so much for this book, @idrinkandiknowthings 🤣😂😅

idrinkandiknowthings A little too relatable 😂🙃 2y
Tamra Yes! 2y
Wife Yep!🙄 2y
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queerbookreader
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Well, this has been fun to go through. I like most of the concepts exhibited! I think the only thing I'm going to ignore is the books and hobbies section because. Cmon. I do actually have a life outside of keeping my house clean. Thanks.

Otherwise, this is a vital read for Americans & our stuff-obsessed culture. I know a whole lot of ppl who have extreme emotional attachments to items and surprise, they're pack rats. Good alternate perspective.

jpmcwisemorgan I think I‘d read this in manga form. 2y
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Ouch. This book chapter is a tough read 😖

Moray_Reads I found some of her ideas useful for decluttering but some of it was just batty. She's obviously not a reader 2y
queerbookreader @Moray_Reads I wonder if she has any actual hobbies. She'd prolly yell at me over my yarn stash. But I can't just get rid of my yarn!!!!! It's so expensive otherwise!! 2y
queerbookreader @Moray_Reads Also if I love a series or an author I would like to buy up those books. Because THE SERIES SPARKS JOY. So there. My treasured books are all my books. Because they all spark joy. Beat the system. 2y
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sparklemotion 😣🙅 (I should probably do this at some point) 2y
queerbookreader @sparklemotion I mean it's at least good practice to haul out those books you've read and know you aren't gonna read again. I get that. 2y
sparklemotion @thequeerspiderwoman yep, and books you haven‘t read and don‘t feel like reading anymore. I don‘t have bookshelf space anymore so I gotta get to decluttering it soon. 2y
teebe Lol I agree with @Moray_Reads ? besides batty, it's impractical, kind of counter-intuitive, and meant for a different cultural context ??‍♀️ It's kind of hilarious that the most common criticism I see online of her is "does this woman have any hobbies besides decluttering?!" 2y
LeahBergen This is such 🐮 💩! 2y
Moray_Reads @thequeerspiderwoman that's the general lesson I took. If you love it, keep it if not then get rid of it. It works for me because I generally don't have emotional connection to things but it's really difficult for some people. (All of the stuff about thanking your handbag for its day's work is crazy 🙄) 2y
minkyb The struggle is real! 2y
laurenbescoby I actually did this earlier this year. Got rid of about 80 books. They were mostly old ones bought at charity shops or ones I wouldn't read any more. Made over £100 selling them to a site called ziffit. I then bought more books with the proceeds...👍 2y
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Here's another bit: it's easier to get rid of stuff when you thank it for its service to you, whenever that was. You've got a pile of old winter coats you've decided to discard, but it's so hard to accept getting rid of them!! You've had them for so long! So what you do is thank them for keeping you warm and covered up during cold winters. (It sounds hoaky. But try it.)

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I like this idea a lot!! Instead of going "I'm gonna haul shit out of the entire living room this weekend" and focusing on room by room, you focus on the STUFF instead. Do alllllll your clothes in one go. Do allllllll your craft stuff next. Category by category, not room by room. This is interesting.

riversong153 I love her enthusiasm!! 2y
saresmoore It works! Changed my life, actually. 2y
queerbookreader @saresmoore I'm so glad to hear!! 2y
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I also think this "sparks joy" doesn't apply to stuff you are intrinsically obligated to keep. Like my christening necklace that my now-deceased aunt gave me when I was fetus Claire. I don't like it one bit, but I'm obligated to keep it. Because my dead aunt gave it to me. If I tossed everything important my family gave me just because it doesn't spark joy in me, I would be DISOWNED. So I don't think it applies to absolutely everything you own.

4thhouseontheleft You have to broaden your idea of how something sparks joy. A toothbrush is nothing special, but healthy teeth certainly spark joy! 😃 But hard core Kon mari followers will say that if you absolutely don‘t like a family heirloom, you shouldn‘t keep it. (edited) 2y
queerbookreader @4thhouseontheleft Well hardcore followers of this method have never met my mother 🙄 tossing family heirlooms that I'm obligated to keep will probably get me skinned alive 2y
4thhouseontheleft @thequeerspiderwoman then keeping them maintains peace in your family...and therefore sparks joy. Maybe. 😂😂😂 2y
OrangeMooseReads Could give it to your mother and tell her to keep it if it‘s so important to her lol 2y
silentrequiem Also don't toss things that you need. My friend's sister did the Marie Kondo method and got rid of all her socks because they didn't give her joy. She then realized it wasn't joyful to not have socks. 2y
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Okay. So I know a lot of folks who've read this book think the whole "sparks joy" thing is bullshit. When you apply it to absolutely everything you own with zero situational exceptions, yeah. It's a load of shit. HOWEVER. I think it applies much more to your "stuff" than to necessary things...like excess clothes, crafts, books, papers, ~STUFF~. My toilet plunger doesn't spark joy, but I definitely need it in house. That's a necessity, not ~stuff~.

saresmoore Again, it totally works. It has been especially helpful with my kids and all their toys and clothes! 2y
GondorGirl I really need to pick up this book. I have a lot of stuff. 😂 2y
queerbookreader @GondorGirl Honest to god. My room is a nightmare. And our basement?? You could probably lose your life down there. I haven't read the original version of this book but I can only assume it goes into more detail of the method. However, I like graphic novelizations because they usually cut right to the point, so all the main concepts are easily presented. Your choice! 2y
OrangeMooseReads I don‘t think I‘d have much left since nothing sparks much joy in me lately. But I should do thins since I have so much stuff 2y
silentrequiem Ha. I wrote my comment on your next post before seeing this one. 😁 2y
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queerbookreader
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Okay. So I was joking a little bit. I checked this out. BUT IN MY DEFENSE. I've been interested in getting this book for a while. And it's manga! But manga nonfiction! How cute! I love graphic novelizations of nonfiction books.

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howjessreads
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Whaaaa??? I had no idea this existed! #behindthescenesatBookmans

GondorGirl Okay... I'm curious... 2y
DuckOfDoom The principle of konmari is so great! I only use it to de-clutter but it helps a lot getting rid of stuff that does not make you happy anymore 2y
freyaheart I tried to do konmari but my husband is so weird about things. Like "you can't throw that out" or "I thought you liked that dress" ? I gave up 2y
tjwill Cool! 2y
howjessreads I found the original Life-Changing Magic pretty helpful too @DuckOfDoom ! But I had no idea there was a manga edition! @freyaheart @tjwill @GondorGirl 2y
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nicholemers
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This is probably the cutest thing ever!! I've adopted a few of the KonMari practices in the past but I've never been able to fully commit. I mean... there's no way I could ever purge my books. No. Way.

Sace I couldn't either. That's a darling manga though! 2y
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