Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up Hardcover – Jan 5 2016
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New York Times Best Seller
". . . 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
MARIE KONDO is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (also a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK) and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015. She is the founder of the KonMari Method.See all Product Description
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With her first book Marie Kondo taught us her approach to tidying up. One of the main ideas that she taught is to only keep things that spark joy in you. This book takes us into the detail, explaining how to determine what sparks joy then how to set up your items in each room in your house.
“Discarding is not the point; what matters is keeping those things that bring you joy”
She starts off with telling us her master tips. Including exercises that can help you:
• Hone your sensitivity to joy - she shows you how to determine what brings you joy.
• She teaches the difference between tidying and cleaning
o Tidying deals with objects; cleaning deals with dirt.
• Tidying – moving objects and putting them away
• Cleaning – wiping and sweeping away dirt
“Tidy is the act of confronting yourself; cleaning is the act of confronting nature”
• She walks us through the answers to our questions “But, wait I need that” or “It might come handy”
“A simple design that puts you at ease, a high degree of functionality that makes life simpler, a sense of rightness, or the recognition that a possession is useful in our daily lives – these too, indicate joy”
• She also talks about the items that don’t bring us joy but we still need to keep. Including contracts etc.
o “For essential things that don’t bring joy, look at what they do for you”
• She gives us permission to keep the things that bring us joy.Read more ›
The book is divided into three sections. The first section is called KonMari Master Tips and talks about how to figure out what really brings you joy. This section also has lots of tips to help you keep your decluttering momentum going and how to develop the proper mindset. Section two, The tidying encyclopedia, provides detailed instructions on how to fold, store, and discard all sorts of items. This section really is the meat of the book, and is just chocked full of great information. The final section, Life-changing magic, gives tips on how to create spaces that spark joy, as well as the other changes that can happen in your life once you get your clutter under control.
If you are a KonMari fan, you will love this book. It contains lots of amazing tips and stories about how KonMari has helped her clients (and herself) find joy, and it has definitely helped spark joy in my life too.
I learned to let go of things that don't give me joy and kept only those that make me happy. It takes time to understand and apply the concept of 'spark joy' but it's something worth pursuing.
The illustrations are super cute. But NOT ENOUGH of them. Wish it contained more drawings showing you how to organize properly.
I am a proponent of #KondoMarie but even I couldn't really finish the book.
Most recent customer reviews
Inspiring and informative. Really motivates you to get started on "tidying up".Published 20 days ago by Candace Amy Brown
Spark Joy gets behind the spiritualism of the author's message. The illustrations are a bit light but helpful for the various folding processes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MrkeSndl
Very interesting. Many good ideas. Encourages you to get going.Published 2 months ago by Jan M Inns
Even better with pictures! Includes bonus wisdom she has accumulated since producing her first novel.Published 3 months ago by K