Spark Joy

Spark Joy

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

Book - 2016
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"Tidying expert Marie Kondo's follow-up to her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is an illustrated master manual on her renowned KonMari Method with item-specific guidance and step-by-step folding illustrations"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781607749721
Characteristics: 291 pages :,illustrations ;,19 cm
Additional Contributors: Kondō, Marie
Hirano, Cathy - Translator

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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.

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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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julia_sedai
Aug 05, 2016

This book expands on the first one. I found it helpful and informative, especially as it goes into more detail about storage and folding. Only recommended if you've already read her first book.

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jannylegs
Jul 13, 2016

While I still like KonMari's approach to only keep things in your possession that spark joy (as outlined in her 1st book), the information here seemed a bit redundant. Plus it focused a lot on her folding techniques,which I will never adopt.

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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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