Book 11: Spark Joy

TITLE: Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
AUTHOR: Marie Kondo
STARTED: April 23, 2016
FINISHED: April 25, 2016
PAGES: 291
GENRE: Non-Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Life truly beings only after you have put your house in order.

SUMMARY: [From BN] Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on 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, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

THOUGHTS: I heard that this book was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (my review here) on steroids. It was indeed that (with pictures!) but, more so, it was about fitting in tidying up to a livable lifestyle. Where Life-Changing Magic was basically about etching-sketching erasing your things, Spark Joy provides a more sustainable version. Kondo goes deeper into why we should tidy and how to make it work for our individual lives. She still advocates removing as much as possible, but she adds the caveat of "make it work for you."

The "life lessons" are interspersed in her room-by-room and space-by-space breakdown of best practices in how to tidy and why. She basically covers every area of the house (and I've already targeted a few of the spaces in my home that could be better.)

Also, the illustrations are helpful and adorable. I've been folding and storing my clothing by her method (highly recommend, FYI), and the charts of that will help me to clean up some garments that don't ever want to cooperate.

RATING: 8/10 [Terrific]