Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

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by Marie Kondo
     
 

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Marie Kondo’s unique KonMari Method of tidying up is nothing short of life-changing—and her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has become a worldwide sensation. In Spark Joy, Kondo presents an in-depth, illustrated manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and

Overview

Marie Kondo’s unique KonMari Method of tidying up is nothing short of life-changing—and her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has become a worldwide sensation. In Spark Joy, Kondo presents an in-depth, illustrated manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections. User-friendly line drawings illustrate Kondo’s patented folding method as it applies to shirts, pants, socks, and jackets, as well as images of properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets. This book is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/01/2016
Best-selling author Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) has written a companion book that delivers additional instructions for "tidying up." Essentially, the key criterion to keeping a specific object is that it brings joy. Not only does Kondo advise readers about what to keep/discard, but she discusses storing items happily and offers an encyclopedia of tidying clothes, books, papers, sentimental items, and so on. Focusing more on the spiritual than the material, the author suggests that restoring order brings relationships into focus and causes one to concentrate less on others' faults. VERDICT Kondo presents not a decluttering manual but a way to look at the relationships and things that are meaningful in life.
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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."
People

"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."
ArchitecturalDigest.com

"If you wanted more from her first book, this is what you've been waiting for."
MindBodyGreen

"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."
— PopSugar

"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."
Bustle

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."
Buzzfeed

"The most organized woman in the world."
— PureWow

". . . 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."
TODAY.com 

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607749721
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
01/05/2016
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
6,202
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Read an Excerpt

Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order. That’s why I’ve devoted most of my life to the study of tidying. I want to help as many people as possible tidy up once and for all. 
This doesn’t mean, however, that you should just dump anything and everything. Far from it. Only when you know how to choose those things that spark joy can you attain your ideal lifestyle.
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. As you repeat this selection process, you increase your sensitivity to joy. This not only acceler-ates your tidying pace but also hones your decision-making

capacity in all areas of life. Taking good care of your things leads to taking good care of yourself.

What sparks joy for you personally? And what doesn’t?

The answers to these questions represent a major clue for getting to know yourself as a recipient of the gift of life. And I am convinced that the perspective we gain through this process represents the driving force that can make not only our lifestyle, but our very lives, shine.
Some people have told me that they had almost

nothing left after discarding those things that didn’t spark joy and, at first, didn’t know what to do. This reaction seems particularly common when people finish tidying their clothes. If it happens to you, don’t be discouraged. The important thing is that you have noticed. The real tragedy is to live your entire life without anything that brings you joy and never even realize it. From the moment you finish tidying, you can begin to add a new zest to your home and to your life. 

Only two skills are necessary to successfully put your house in order: the ability to keep what sparks joy and chuck the rest, and the ability to decide where to keep each thing you choose and always put it back in its place. 

The important thing in tidying is not deciding what to discard but rather what you want to keep in your life. It is my hope that the magic of tidying will help you create a bright and joyful future.

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Meet the Author

MARIE KONDO is a professional cleaning consultant with a three-month waiting list. Inspired by the Japanese book Throw-Out Skills and a lifelong love of all things house and home, she began her study of the art of cleaning, established her consulting business, and founded the KonMari Method. Her courses, "Lessons on Organization and Storage for Women" and "Lessons on Organization and Storage for Company Presidents", have many dedicated fans. Her previous book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and has become a worldwide sensation.

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Spark Joy from Marie Kondo would help anyone take the Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up to the next level. This book is "an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up." This book relays Marie Kondo's methods in complete detail for someone interested in putting all of her methods to work in their life. Spark Joy is divided into three parts: KonMari Master Tips; The Tidying Encyclopedia; and Life-Changing Magic. In the first section, Marie Kondo shares what her method is and why it can help you live a more joyful life. The second section is a detailed description of how to go through your house completely, including the order she recommends. The last section offers advice on how to tie everything together into your house with your family. She also shares some things she struggled with here and offers some encouragement for making a few changes to make the plan work long term for you. The KonMari method is Marie Kondo's specific method for tidying your house up once and for all so it stays that way. I find Marie Kondo's books to be inspiring. This one is no exception for me. I am in process of finishing our move to a new house in a new town. I am almost ready to use her method to go through my house and organize once and for all. I had things quite tidy and nice when we left our other house. However, I like the idea of looking at my things as to whether they spark joy or not. I have some things that I have kept out of obligation that I know will go. Then I liked that this book explains her folding method of clothes better, although I wish I had larger illustrations to work with. There are a few other illustrations in this book, but they are small. Also, Marie Kondo shares things from a Japanese perspective. I spent a year with a Japanese foreign exchange student, so I understand a bit about their culture. I could see things from her perspective and understood some of her unique terms. However, I could see where some American readers might struggle with some of her terms and ideas. However, if readers would keep the cultural differences in mind and find a way to relate to them, I think they could learn much and easily use this method for their house. Other than that, I liked this book and would recommend any of her books to someone looking to tidy up their house once and for all. More importantly, though, I look at my things differently now and I do really feel joy in my home and my surroundings. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
thebeeb 7 months ago
The book is divided into two parts, of three chapters each: Part I encompasses "Master Tips," which is a "how-to" guide on the more subtle points of the KonMari method. Part II is the "Encyclopedia," which covers the more practical aspects of organizing and tidying up following the KonMari method. The book is not too different from most organizing books I've read, including those written by Peter Walsh. The thing that separates this book from the average organizing book is the added spiritual dimension that KonMari gives her method, which is based on the practice of the Japanese animistic religion of Shinto. In the Shinto spiritual belief system, all things, including what we in the West would consider "inanimate" objects, are considered to be imbued with spirits. Kondo encourages her readers to respect these spirits by thanking and saying good-bye to any items they may be discarding or donating. This may seem strange to the Western mind, and to practitioners of monotheistic religions, but the way she describes it, Kondo's explanation makes sense. I would suggest that if you don't feel comfortable thanking and saying good-bye to your things, then maybe thanking the deity of your belief system for allowing you to have enough wealth to provide such things might be preferable. Then thank the deity for allowing you to have more things to replace or use in place of the objects you are discarding. We in the developed world tend to forget how lucky we are to have enough and even more than enough than we need, so being grateful for our things would not be out of order. One of the things that I liked about this book, more so than her previous book, was her humbleness and her willingness to admit when she was wrong and made a mistake and that she would work to rectify it. I think that is one of the qualities that has won Marie Kondo fans around the world. As a book on organizing, I found it inspiring, though not inspiring enough to plunge into KonMari-ing my apartment. I'm going to think long and hard about that, since I have a roommate and shared spaces to consider. That said, Marie Kondo lays out her method in detail in this book, and many of the questions and contradictions that were raised in her last book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, are answered and clarified. Whether or not you decide to undertake the KonMari process and apply it to your work or living space, I would recommend discussing your plans ahead of time with anyone with whom you share your space, so they know what's going on, if it affects them. It seems to me that's the polite thing to do. However, don't let their reaction stop you from undertaking the process, as far as it relates to your own things and space.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A continuation and repeat of the prior highly successful book about Tidying Up. The first book was repetitious, perhaps fittingly. This book had little more to add, except maybe a clarification on how to fold the sleeves of shirts.
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Donna Mahoney More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Innovative ideas and techniques for simplifying and cleaning up your life, literally. I'm happily using her ideas and I'm taking it further by purging people from my life who don't "spark joy."
charles small More than 1 year ago
how meany panting do you have
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Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New book?....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cleans the counter.