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Spark Joy

Spark Joy

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

Book - 2016
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Aug 12, 2020

Basically a rehash of her first book, tempered with some experience. Does have diagrams for folding clothes the Maria Kondo way; it's worth getting for that.

Can be read instead of 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up' and you'll be just as far ahead.

Jul 20, 2020

I thought this was a wonderful book about organizing and getting your whole life in order. I highly recommend reading Spark Joy.

Apr 17, 2020

This book was even cuter than Marie's first.

Apr 11, 2020

Her method really inspires me! Whenever I read her book I practically leap out of my chair and start tidying up my room! And this is coming from an adolescent 13 year-old teenage girl, so... that proves that anyone and everyone can tidy! Also, if you do her folding method, you will be begging your Mom to let you help fold the laundry! There is such satisfaction in looking at your smooth, perfectly folded T-shirt. (Okay, I'm starting to sound a little OCD) Though I don't agree with her idea of thanking your things for their support, you can thank God for always providing clothes for your back and food for your table. I suggest taking time to pray during you tidying marathon. Overall, a very good book and must-read if you're desperate to find something that works AND is fun!

Mar 19, 2020

The moment I opened this book I felt like I was reading "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" over again. There's very little that I found here that was new information and I found myself skimming it rather than reading it all over again. The pictures were helpful, but that was about it. See my review on "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" for a detailed review of that book which would mostly apply to this book as well.

Jan 11, 2020

Not only a book about the logistics of declutteing but the reasons behind it. Not just tips, it makes you think about the real reasons why you keep things in first place. It is all about harmony and joy, after all the place you live supposed to be your happy place.

Jan 03, 2020

This book is a lot longer than it really needs to be. It is however, worth skimming to get someone else's perspective if you're really trying to make an effort to declutter. A lot of it though is just not bringing home things in the first place if they don't spark joy and you have nowhere to keep it or an immediate use.

In summary, does your possession spark joy/make you happy when you see it? If not, move it along. Sort and organize your stuff by type rather than location as you might have one type of thing stored in multiple places (eg; socks. Save and purge them all in one pass).

I recently retired and want to downsize my home in the next couple of years. This book was great. I am working on the system in the book and have been amazed at how many shoes, blouses, paperwork, etc. The book opened my eyes to how much stuff I have accumulated over the years and a system for downsizing my items. I have already downsized my paperwork, shoes and others to less than 20% of what I had a month ago. I would recommend this book to anyone moving, downsizing or that just wants less clutter in their home.

Aug 10, 2019

Clutter for the mind and bookshelf. Don't know why all the fuss over what works in Japan but not culturally appropriate for Americans/US. Suspect people like to go gah gah over anything that's novel and hop onto that bandwagon.
Probably the best de-cluttering is to cut up your credit card and put yourself on a budget. What you don't need and unbought to begin with - reduces clutter.

Nov 27, 2018

A great reference book to read and re-read over and over again. Definitely a must read.

kristina_rad Oct 13, 2018

Spark Joy is the next level of decluttering that gets you to truly connect with or let go of stuff. Does this ‘spark joy’? Well, if it doesn’t let it go. Sounds simple enough, difficult in practice, but so rewarding and perhaps even life-changing. I really enjoy coming back to this book and seeing how far I’ve come along in my journey of decluttering and simplifying. Filled with loads of idea’s and practical steps for tidying up and organizing all the categories of stuff that people have. There are even handy diagrams with folding techniques and perfectly organized closet examples. If you are an organizing nerd or would love some inspiration in that direction, this is it.

Feb 02, 2018

Like many others, I found Kondo's previous book to be, well, life-changing. She not only gave you permission to rid yourself of things you didn't love- many have done that- but she prompted you to surround yourself only with what you do ("sparks joy"). And while she promised that you would be happier with an environment that reflected what you enjoyed, the more important premise was that the process of tidying would guide you to make peace with your past choices, accept the person you are in the present and confidently recognize whom you want to be in the future. Most importantly, tidying could be finished in one go (even if that go was extended over a period of months) and you wouldn't be bound to perpetually repeat the process with the checklists almost every other tidying guide offers. That, in my opinion, is why her book sold so incredibly well.

What this book offers is deeper, step-by-step "how-to" instructions for the mechanics of maintaining your tidy home. Yes, here you will find detailed instructions on how to fold your shirts, bottoms, dresses, towels, rags and even bags. She will also, of course, explain what should usually be hung and why. She goes into the philosophy of each room and what should be stored with what. Even better, she assures you that as you tune into the logic of the materials you own, you'll discover what storage philosophy makes the most sense to you and your items- particularly the "komono" or miscellany- will reflect a "rainbow" of gradation based on your needs and usage.

While a number of people genuinely enjoyed getting rid of things that didn't spark joy, there were many who complained that there were items they genuinely were on the fence about. In this book, Kondo gives you permission to hold onto things that you're not sure about but advises you to try and make use of them while you decide. Our things, she writes, want to be of use to us, and it's better to give them one last chance to be useful than to put them in limbo while you see if you magically decide you need them.

The previous book made it seem as if Kondo was perfectly content to live by herself with her things- hence, perhaps, her strong identification with the feelings of inanimate objects- but here she speaks more warmly of people. Items can in and of themselves bring joy, but when they are invested with memories of experiences with people we love, they become that much more precious. That, then, is yet another reason to take care of what we have.

Both the beginning and the end of the book imply that Kondo was reluctant to write this book. While she has specific instructions as to how items should be taken care of and where they should be stored, 90% of successful tidying is in your mindset. Further, she allows that there will be exceptions to her rules- sometimes it makes more sense to store the coats in the front closet- and that the reader ultimately knows what works in their environment better than she will.

This book answers specific questions but also gives you permission to approach tidying in the way that works best for you. It is also a reminder that it isn't perfection we should be aiming for as we tidy but rather happiness.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! :)

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.

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.

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.

Jun 01, 2016

This book is a must for all us untidy people out there that want to become neat and tidy!

Apr 14, 2016

If you read the first book, you likely don't have to read this one. This one has a few more folding instructions, talks more about the kitchen and digital photos. But you could have figured those out from book #1.

Apr 04, 2016

Helpful to illustrate examples and diagrams to explain what she means in the first book. Also some added tips. It didn't have as profound of an effect as the first one did on me, but that's expected. Still very helpful!

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