Could getting organized be the path to romance and true love? In Marie Kondo’s newest book, “The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story” (Ten Speed Press: $14.99, paperback), the bestselling author and organizer extraordinaire proposes that the answer is yes.
Using charming and whimsical illustrations by award-winning Japanese manga artist Yuko Uramoto, Kondo introduces real-life lessons of her signature KonMari Method for tidying up in the format of a graphic novel.
It’s funny how lessons couched in cute, comic-book style seem easier to digest.
If organizational mandates are medicine, this book is like a spoonful of sugar.
However, in case you are thinking Kondo’s gone soft — she hasn’t.
In the book, Kondo maintains her motto of keeping only what “sparks joy” in strictly instructing fictional heroine Chiaki, a young Tokyo woman with more clutter than direction, to show her how to regain control of her life — and possibly find love with the cute guy next door.
Bonnie McCarthy contributes to the Los Angeles Times as a home and lifestyle design writer. She enjoys scouting for directional trends and reporting on what’s new and next. Follow her on Twitter @ThsAmericanHome