Spark Joy

Spark Joy

An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying up

Book - 2016
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Marie Kondo will help you declutter your life with her new major Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Spark Joy is an in-depth, line illustrated, room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home. It covers every room in the house from bedrooms and kitchens to bathrooms and living rooms as well as a wide range of items in different categories, including clothes, photographs, paperwork, books, cutlery, cosmetics, shoes, bags, wallets and valuables. Charming line drawings explain how to properly organise drawers, wardrobes, cupboards and cabinets. The illustrations also show Ms Kondo's unique folding method, clearly showing how to fold anything from shirts, trousers and jackets to skirts, socks and bras.

The secret to Marie Kondo's unique and simple KonMari tidying method is to focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of. Ask yourself if something 'sparks joy' and suddenly it becomes so much easier to understand if you really need it in your home and your life. When you surround yourself with things you love you will find that your whole life begins to change.

Marie Kondo's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying , presents her unique tidying philosophy and introduces readers to the basics of her KonMari method. It has already transformed the homes and lives of millions of people around the world. Spark Joy is Marie Kondo's in-depth tidying masterclass, focusing on the detail of how to declutter and organise your home.
Publisher: London, Vermilion,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781785040481
Characteristics: xii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hirano, Cathy - Translator
Kondō, Marie

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EddyQubit
Nov 27, 2018

A great reference book to read and re-read over and over again. Definitely a must read.

kristina_rad Oct 13, 2018

Spark Joy is the next level of decluttering that gets you to truly connect with or let go of stuff. Does this ‘spark joy’? Well, if it doesn’t let it go. Sounds simple enough, difficult in practice, but so rewarding and perhaps even life-changing. I really enjoy coming back to this book and seeing how far I’ve come along in my journey of decluttering and simplifying. Filled with loads of idea’s and practical steps for tidying up and organizing all the categories of stuff that people have. There are even handy diagrams with folding techniques and perfectly organized closet examples. If you are an organizing nerd or would love some inspiration in that direction, this is it.

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dnk
Feb 02, 2018

Like many others, I found Kondo's previous book to be, well, life-changing. She not only gave you permission to rid yourself of things you didn't love- many have done that- but she prompted you to surround yourself only with what you do ("sparks joy"). And while she promised that you would be happier with an environment that reflected what you enjoyed, the more important premise was that the process of tidying would guide you to make peace with your past choices, accept the person you are in the present and confidently recognize whom you want to be in the future. Most importantly, tidying could be finished in one go (even if that go was extended over a period of months) and you wouldn't be bound to perpetually repeat the process with the checklists almost every other tidying guide offers. That, in my opinion, is why her book sold so incredibly well.

What this book offers is deeper, step-by-step "how-to" instructions for the mechanics of maintaining your tidy home. Yes, here you will find detailed instructions on how to fold your shirts, bottoms, dresses, towels, rags and even bags. She will also, of course, explain what should usually be hung and why. She goes into the philosophy of each room and what should be stored with what. Even better, she assures you that as you tune into the logic of the materials you own, you'll discover what storage philosophy makes the most sense to you and your items- particularly the "komono" or miscellany- will reflect a "rainbow" of gradation based on your needs and usage.

While a number of people genuinely enjoyed getting rid of things that didn't spark joy, there were many who complained that there were items they genuinely were on the fence about. In this book, Kondo gives you permission to hold onto things that you're not sure about but advises you to try and make use of them while you decide. Our things, she writes, want to be of use to us, and it's better to give them one last chance to be useful than to put them in limbo while you see if you magically decide you need them.

The previous book made it seem as if Kondo was perfectly content to live by herself with her things- hence, perhaps, her strong identification with the feelings of inanimate objects- but here she speaks more warmly of people. Items can in and of themselves bring joy, but when they are invested with memories of experiences with people we love, they become that much more precious. That, then, is yet another reason to take care of what we have.

Both the beginning and the end of the book imply that Kondo was reluctant to write this book. While she has specific instructions as to how items should be taken care of and where they should be stored, 90% of successful tidying is in your mindset. Further, she allows that there will be exceptions to her rules- sometimes it makes more sense to store the coats in the front closet- and that the reader ultimately knows what works in their environment better than she will.

This book answers specific questions but also gives you permission to approach tidying in the way that works best for you. It is also a reminder that it isn't perfection we should be aiming for as we tidy but rather happiness.

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t_26
Jun 04, 2017

I reorganized my own closet as well as my kids' closets and it's made a drastic difference especially for my daughter and me. Once I organized and color coordinated as suggested, we started to wear clothes that we wouldn't normally wear, breaking us out of the habit of grabbing whatever is placed at the front of the closet. It's like I have a whole different wardrobe and I appreciate the clothes I do have. My son still seems to grab whatever is most comfortable but the reorganization has spurred him to keep his room clean overall.

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CTP3023
Feb 17, 2017

Unless one finds tips like storing cooking pots one inside each other as groundbreaking advice (duh), this is mostly really logical methods that everyone probably uses anyway. Might be a few good ideas, but didn't find this particularly enlightening.

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UnusualKirsten
Nov 29, 2016

I admit, I wasn't really in the right mindset while reading this book (not overly motivated to KonMari my house/life) so that's why the lower rating. I will give it a shot again in a few months and see how it goes then. I know a number of people who swear by her methods but it just didn't do it for me this read.

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sneha
Oct 25, 2016

I found this one more helpful than Kondo's first book. Her first book was inspiring (and definitely should be read before this one), but this book had practical tips for very specific items, like how to store plastic bags, how to fold skirts, and how to organize the sometimes overwhelming amount of kitchen stuff we all need to keep.

britprincess1ajax Sep 20, 2016

I love when life is neat and organized, but some of Marie Kondo's tips are either arbitrary with no evidence of their effectiveness (other than her telling us how no one rebounds from her wonderful method) or practically obvious (e.g. do not keep things with no purpose that you do not like). Ultimately, SPARK JOY retread the same ground that her first success walked on. I expected more in depth advice or a greater visual aspect to this so-called "illustrated master class", but alas, it was not to be. Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one.

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oliviapham
Aug 30, 2016

A unique book that has helped this sentimental packrat let go of many unnecessary things that no longer serve her, so she can focus on the things that do. Marie Kondo's suggestions and philosophy are nowhere near as drastic as what has been depicted and complained about on different articles regarding her work. And there's always the caveat that as long as it sparks joy for you, or is utilitarian, you can keep it in good conscience.

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eatabook
Aug 25, 2016

This is a great sequel to "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up." It gives more details on things to keep and how to organize. You must read the first one first! :)

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

The light this book radiates, the presence it exudes, will depend on you and how you treat it, on whether you make use of it or just buy it and never read it. This is true for all things, not just this book: your mind determines the value of everything you own.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

The first thing I saw upon opening the door was a clothing rack standing right in front of the closet, completely blocking one of its doors. A cardboard box filled with emergency food rations to be used in the event of a disaster sat on the floor, and beside it was a set of two large plastic drawers filled with surplus cleaning supplies and other paraphernalia. A pile of magazines towered in front of the built-in bookcase, and, worst of all, a new digital television had been plunked on top of the old analog TV, in a bold TV-on-TV arrangement.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

Of course, I buy new clothes and other things, but I also let go of those that have served their purpose. Consequently, I never feel inundated with things, and, confident that I can care for them well, I feel very good about my relationship to the things I own.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

if you cannot bring yourself to throw something away, keep it with confidence. It might be a T-shirt designed by your high school class for a school festival, for example, but if you can’t part with it, keep it. Don’t berate yourself for not being able to throw away something as simple as that. Rather, trust your instincts . . .

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

If you think that tidying up just means getting rid of clutter, you’re wrong. Always keep in mind that the true purpose is to find and keep the things you truly love, to display these proudly in your home, and to live a joyful life.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

No matter how messy your house may be, tidying deals with physical objects. _No matter how much stuff you may own, the amount is always finite._ If you can identify the things that bring you joy and decide where to keep them, the job of tidying must inevitably come to an end.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

If you are confident that something brings you joy, keep it, regardless of what anyone else might say. Even if it isn’t perfect, no matter how mundane it might be, when you use it with care and respect, you transform it into something priceless.

Infolass Nov 20, 2016

"Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order...Only when you know how to choose those things that spark joy can you attain your ideal lifestyle".

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