Tidy toddlers: Marie Kondo to release a new book for children

Photo: Instagram
Photo: Instagram 

Decluttering Queen and joy-sparker Marie Kondo is turning her attention to the littlest tidiers in our lives, penning a children's book inspired by her famed KonMari method. 

The New York Times bestselling author took to Instagram to share the news and a sneak peek of the cover.

"Introducing Kiki & Jax my upcoming children's picture book co-written and illustrated by Salina Yoon," Kondo wrote, adding that the book is a "timeless story about friendship".

"I hope that the characters of Kiki and Jax will inspire children and families to tidy and embrace joy!"


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Co-author Ms Yoon also tweeted her excitement about the book which she says presents "Marie Kondo's spark joy philosophy in a fun, meaningful and accessible" way for kids,

Kiki and Jax tells the story of two best friends, "who couldn't be more different".

Why? Well Kiki is a "collector" and Jax is a "sorter".


"The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together," the blurb reads. " But when Kiki's things start getting in the way, they have to figure out how to make room for what's always sparked joy – their friendship."

Mum to two daughters, Satsuki, 3, and Miko, 2, Kondo has previously shared that it's never too early to teach your kids the KonMari Magic.

"I was surprised to see her [Satsuki] putting books, stuffed animals, and toys for playing house back in their place more precisely than I expected," the 34-year-old told the Wall Street Journal. "She is also trying to copy me folding clothes, though I secretly fix them when she's not looking."

And while we know that saying goodbye to our precious belongings can be an emotional process for adults, it's something Kondo feels kids should experience too.

 "When children go through the sadness of letting things go, that can be a good experience for them," she said. "I wouldn't want to eliminate such emotions."


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Kiki & Jax is set for release on 5 November and is available for pre-order on Amazon and KonMari.com