NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The star of the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up helps you visualize your ideal lifestyle.
Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to usingher acclaimed KonMari Method to create a joy-filled home that works the way you need it to.
Spark Joy features step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. Kondo also answers frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, digital photos, and even building your own personal “power spot” in your home, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.
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About the Author
Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, star of the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.
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.
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The KonMari Method 1
The six basic rules of tidying 3
Part I | KonMari master tips
Honing your sensitivity to joy 13
Tidying is the act of confronting yourself; cleaning is the act of confronting nature 13
If you don’t know what brings you joy, start with things close to your heart 16
“It might come in handy” is taboo 19
For essential things that don’t bring joy, look at what they do for you 21
Save your cosplay for indoors 24
Don’t confuse temporary clutter with rebound 26
When you feel like quitting 29
The clutter-photo shock treatment 31
No matter how cluttered it looks, don’t pause, don’t stop, don’t quit 33
If you’re terrible at tidying, you’ll experience the most dramatic change 36
How to fill your home with joy 39
Imagine your perfect lifestyle from a single photograph 39
Keep items in the gray zone with confidence 41
A joy-filled home is like your own personal art museum 45
Add color to your life 47
How to make the most of “useless” things that still spark joy 49
Make your own personal power spot 54
Everything you need to know about storing joyfully 57
During the tidying process, storage is temporary 57
Store by material 60
Pack drawers like a Japanese bento box 62
The four principles of storage 65
Fold clothes like origami 67
Everything you need to know about the
KonMari folding method 69
Plan storage with the idea of getting rid of furniture used for storing 73
Ideal storage weaves a rainbow in your home 75
Part II | The tidying encyclopedia
Tidying clothes 81
Dresses and skirts 94
Clothes that hang 96
Socks and stockings 98
A clothes closet that sparks joy 107
Clothing accessories 115
Tips for packing a suitcase 122
Tidying books 125
Advice for those who think they can’t part with books 125
Magazines and coffee-table books 128
Storing books attractively 129
Tidying papers 131
The basic rule for papers: Discard everything 131
Make a pending box 132
Course materials 133
Credit card statements 134
Greeting cards 136
Assign a day to attend to pending items 137
Tidying komono 139
CDs and DVDs 141
Stationery supplies 142
Electrical komono 145
Skincare products and cosmetics 147
Relaxation goods 153
Sewing kits 158
Hobby komono 159
Things you kept “just because” 161
Linen and bedding 161
Stuffed toys 163
Recreational items 166
Seasonal items 166
Emergency supplies 167
Rain gear 167
Kitchen komono 168
Cleaning supplies 208
Laundry supplies 208
Bathroom komono 209
Tidying sentimental items 221
Tidying sentimental items means putting the past in order 221
Putting school memories in order 223
Putting memories of past lovers in order 223
Sentimental recordings 224
Your children’s creations 225
Life records 226
Tidying your photos as the final step in your campaign 227
Part III | Life-changing magic
A home that sparks joy 237
An entranceway that sparks joy 237
A living room that sparks joy 239
A kitchen that sparks joy 240
An office that sparks joy 241
A bedroom that sparks joy 242
A bathroom that sparks joy 243
The changes that come when you’re done 245
Tidy up and put your love life in order 249
Tidying brings relationships into focus 251
If your family’s stuff bothers you, be like the sun 253
Don’t force people to tidy if they don’t want to 257
Teach your children how to fold 260
Even if you fail, don’t worry—your house won’t blow up 262
Things that spark joy soak up precious memories 266
Afterword: Preparing for the next stage of your life 275
About the author 283