Spark Joy

Spark Joy

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

Book - 2016 | First American edition.
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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: Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2016]
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781607749721
1607749726
Branch Call Number: 648 KONDO
Characteristics: xii, 291 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Hirano, Cathy - Translator
Kondō, Marie
Alternative Title: Works. Selections. English

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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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smorganmacdonald
Jul 03, 2016

Overrated--the only valuable takeaways for me were 1) asking yourself if an item "sparks joy" (something I was already doing except I'd ask myself if I would rate it at least 4 out of 5 stars in terms of usefulness, aesthetics, and versatility), and 2) arranging my lingerie by type and gradation of color--it does look like a drawer at Victoria's Secret now.

Otherwise, the author's advice and stories often seem superstitious and quite possibly that of an obsessive-compulsive. Worse, she fails to address very real issues with the accumulation and hoarding of stuff in terms of its environmental and human rights impacts. Nor does it occur to her to consider minimalism/essentialism, the 80/20 Rule, or Parkinson's Law.

If you really want to tidy your life, explore books on minimalism, then combine what you learn with Julie Morgenstern's books SHED and Organization from the Inside Out.

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"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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