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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) Hardcover – Illustrated, January 5, 2016
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|More reads to spark joy on your bookshelf!||A beautifully packaged box set of the books that inspired Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.||The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon.||A gratitude journal to help you reflect on what sparked joy in your life today.||A graphic novel that will teach you the KonMari Method.||A picture book about the life-changing magic of friendship.|
". . . the organization expert who dazzled the world with her Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is back with more spirit-rousing advice."
"Just in time to make good on your New Year’s vow to get organized."
-- The Washington Post
". . .perhaps the world’s only decluttering celebrity."
-- The New York Times
"If the first book was merely an introduction to Kondo’s radical philosophy, known as the KonMari method, the new one goes deep into the details . . . the result is inescapable: a home, and a vision of life, that truly sparks joy."
"If you wanted more from her first book, this is what you've been waiting for."
"In her new organizational how-to book, Kondo's mission is to help us identify what brings joy while simultaneously cultivating more of it."
-- Los Angeles Times
"I'm an evangelist for Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizational guru whose unique tidying techniques have become a worldwide sensation. I've read both of her books and completed the full decluttering/reorganizing program in six months. In the last year, it has been my favorite thing to bring up to my friends, co-workers, heck, even distant cousins. I am obsessed, because it really has transformed my living space and shattered many of my bad habits related to tidying."
"Kondo’s way of anthropomorphizing belongings and paying them the respect of taking them out of the closet for a proper dismissal makes a big difference. . . . consider me a Konvert."
-- Chloe Malle, Vogue.com
"From the perfect underwear drawer, to how to store socks, Marie Kondo is helping the world to properly (and lovingly) store their most beloved possessions, one fold at a time."
Praise for Marie Kondo and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:
"Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic."
-- The New York Times
". . . a literal how-to-heave-ho, and I recommend it for anyone who struggles with the material excess of living in a privileged society. (Thanks to Ms. Kondo, I kiss my old socks goodbye.) ... To show you how serious my respect for Ms. Kondo is: if I ever get a tattoo, it will say, Spark Joy!"
-- Jamie Lee Curtis, TIME
"This book is a cult. A totally reasonable, scary cult that works, doesn’t kill people (a bonus), but does drastically change your life. In this case — for the better."
"The most organized woman in the world."
". . . her voice . . . is by turns stern and enchanted, like a fairy godmother for socks."
-- The Wall Street Journal
"Reading it, you glimpse a glittering mental freedom from the unread/uncrafted/unworn, buyer’s remorse, the nervous eyeing of real estate listings. Life’s overwhelm, conquered."
-- The Atlantic
"I can only describe the way I felt afterward as an organizational high. I had a sense of being more in control of my life than I ever had before, which inspired me to maintain the order in the months that followed. Not bad for a Sunday afternoon."
-- In Style
"All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world . . . one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life."
-- Good Housekeeping (UK)
"Kondo's method really can change your life — if you let it."
"Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?"
-- USA Today
"Its strength is its simplicity."
-- The London Times
About the Author
Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her tidying consultant business as a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying expert helping people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration.
Marie has been featured on more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, Vogue, Ellen, the Rachael Ray show, and many more. She has also been listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607749726
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607749721
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1 x 7.2 inches
- Publisher : Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (January 5, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In a nutshell, the konmari method involves getting rid of anything in your life that doesn't spark joy. Starting with clothes, you go through each item and decide what stays or goes based on whether or not it sparks joy when you hold it. Joy is the only criterion: 'If it makes you happy, then the right choice is to keep it confidently, regardless of what anyone else says.'
The illustrations are charming, but there aren't very many of them. The most helpful shows her famous folding method, which is something I didn't understand simply from reading the first book. (Youtube videos helped.) This book has around 10 diagrams for folding dresses, shirts, odd-shaped clothes, camisoles, parkas, etc. Apart from the folding instructions, the other images are simply cute images of rabbits putting things away, a perfectly tidied closet, etc.
One of the criticisms of the first book is that it seems geared mostly towards people cleaning up their own mess, and that hasn't changed. For example, the section on handling stuffed animals is talking about your own plushies, not your children's. I wish there were more discussion of handling items belonging to family members and how to inspire them to tidy up too. Family is covered in one small section, and the main advice is simply to set a good example and accept others – easier said than done!
Overall this is a fun read but not substantially different from the first book. This book has more explanation of the original advice, but if you understood it the first time around, you may not need it. There is a lot of repetition between the two books. However, it's an enjoyable read and may give you that last bit of motivation to tidy up once and for all. In addition to the extra folding help, it has more specific advice about handling certain types of items such as greeting cards, dishes, photos, etc.
I enjoyed this book much more. It's a practical guide to implementing the concepts outlined in the first book. She walks through different areas of the home room by room, discussing how to pare down and organize each one. There's no constant repetition in Spark Joy like in the first book, but there are still plenty of relevant anecdotes to illustrate her points. I also found the guidance to be a little more "mainstream" (e.g., "clear off your kitchen counters when you're done cooking", vs. "empty out your purse every night and store the contents all over the house"), and it covers a much larger area of the house. In the first book, it felt like she was talking about living spaces that consisted of one room, whereas in Spark Joy, she covers an entire house that includes a kitchen, bathrooms, etc. She also discusses how to tidy spaces that include other occupants, like a spouse and children. One of the things I really like about this book is that she covers how to think about items that don't spark joy but are necessary in most households (like a spatula or a flashlight).
I would recommend this book over the first one for sure, but I don't know if it would make sense without the context provided by the first book. If you don't want to read both, then it would be a good idea to at least look up the concepts covered in the first book and familiarize yourself with them before reading Spark Joy. Overall, this is one of the best decluttering books I have read, and its strength is in the practical application of the concept of only keeping things that spark joy.
Top reviews from other countries
Spark Joy - the question you ask when you touch or hold your possessions and determine whether you will keep them or not "Does this Spark Joy?" - and the rest flows from this.
Once you have your lovely possessions: the ones that warm you with happy memories, or just make you feel good, or make you feel safe, or make you feel whatever it is that is important to you... you store them in a way which also gives pleasure.
The folding of your clothes and storing as much as possible vertically means that are visible and accessible. Every clothing item gets a chance to be worn when it's not hidden behind other things. Arranging clothing from dark to light, from long to short - patterns which delight the eye and soothe the mind. Adorning storage with things you love but can no longer wear. Using attractive storage rather than just any old thing.
So far I have organised all my clothes, my bedding, and my kitchen cupboards and shelves.
The folding still takes a bit of time, but it's time well spent when I can grab something from the drawer or shelf and not have to rummage to find what I need. It also means that when it comes to holiday time, packing is brilliant - minimal effort to transfer items from bedroom to suitcase (I will also give a shout out to using packing cubes to ease the pain of packing - utterly brilliant).
So, if you have been reading up in the KonMari method, and wanted to see what the end result could look like, this is the book for you.
I wished I had found this method years ago