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HOME: Marie Kondo turns 'Tidying Up' into manga graphic novel

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Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo speaks during a SXSW Interactive featured session at the Austin Convention Center. Suzanne Cordeiro/ for American-Statesman

Home organization guru Marie Kondo, who appeared at South by Southwest in March, has taught us to consider if something “sparks joy” when we think about whether to keep it, toss it or donate it. Now she’s turned “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” into a graphic novel with illustration by Yuko Uramoto in “The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story ($14.99, Ten Speed Press). It comes out Tuesday. In the manga, Marie Kondo plays herself and she’s out to help Chiaki Suzuki, a 29-year-old sales representative who is single and a mess in life and in love. She’s interested in a guy only known as “Chiaki’s Neighbor,” who lives next door, works as a cook in a cafe and likes to keep his space tidy. Kondo helps Suzuki learn how to tidy up in only the magical way that Kondo can. Then she can invite the neighbor over. And they all live happily ever after.

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