Spark Joy

spark joy

 

A comprehensive, 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. Kondo also add in-depth advice on moving, packing, and dealing with necessary objects that may not spark joy—answering all the questions she’s gotten since her first book. This manual is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.

Spark Joy is the follow up book to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I really liked Kondo’s first book. While I didn’t find it groundbreaking as some of my friends did I really liked her simplistic look at tidying.

Spark Joy claims to be an illustrated master class on organizing and tidying up. Well, hmmm. While the advice was sound (and repetitive from the first book) the illustrations looked like they belonged in a children’s book. Don’t get me wrong this book has some really great tips for tidying, I just felt the illustrations could have been done better.

This whole books stands on: If it doesn’t bring you joy……then get rid of it. There was one part when the author talked about how she got rid of a screwdriver, but then needed one. But she got rid of it because it didn’t bring her joy. She went even further to say that you should “talk” to the item that doesn’t bring you joy and compliment it. Really?? Its a screwdriver.

While quirky things like that in the book kept me giggling from time to time there was some real good advice in her book. I get the joy part, if it doesn’t make you happy get rid of it. There is so much rational advice in this book it can make you scratch your head saying “how didn’t I know this?”

Overall read the book if you haven’t read the first one. But if you read the first one you really don’t need to read this one. Just watch her YouTube videos on how to fold clothes and organize.

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Ill edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607749726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607749721

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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