Marie Kondo's unique KonMari method of tidying up is nothing short of life changing - and her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has become a worldwide sensation.
In Spark Joy, Kondo presents an in-depth manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections. Listener-friendly examples illustrate Kondo's patented folding method as it applies to shirts, pants, socks, and jackets as well as properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets. This book is perfect for anyone who wants a home - and life - that sparks joy.
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Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
The other morning, my elderly father and I were watching 'Good Morning America'. Marie Kondo was making her first guest appearance on an American morning show, introducing "Spark Joy" (2016), the follow up to "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" (2011, Japanese; 2014, English). My dad watched, shaking his head in wonderment, as the hosts folded t-shirts, making them stand up vertically on their own. I marched Dad to my dresser and displayed my own carefully folded clothes, arrayed by color, standing proudly in the KonMari way. That is, if clothes can feel proud - and In Kondo's world, they do.
"Spark Joy" isn't gong to make a lot of sense without reading/listening to "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" first. Kondo anthropomorphizes clothes, books and even pots and pans. In my first listen of the first book, I mentally made fun of improperly hung unused blouses feeling abandoned, and laughed at thanking worn tennis shoes for their hard work - until I set aside skepticism and tidied my clothes. All those classes in psychology I've taken give me a complex explanation for why what Kondo suggests works, but there's no reason to end up in psychoanalysis on the way to decluttering. Kondo's method works, so go with it - even if it means performing a Japanese purifying rite so you're okay with letting some stuffed animals go.
Both books do work as Audibles. "Spark Joy" comes with a nicely illustrated 57 page .pdf that opens easily in iBooks. I listened to "Spark Joy" while driving and went though the illustrations later. The clothes folding diagrams were really helpful, and I was pleased to realize that I'd gotten most of them right just by listening.
Does the KonMari Method really work? Well, I'm not through my year of tidying and organizing yet. It's going to take me that long because I work full time and have a long commute. I've kept what I've tidied so far neat and organized. Best of all, I stopped buying new things unless they 'spark joy'. Sure, now I've got three pairs of hiking boots - but I smile looking at them. I did find myself tempted to chuck a handful of expensive suits I wear to court appearances, but I decided to think of them as uniforms I needed to do my job. They don't spark joy themselves, but what they enable me to do does spark joy.
Books are next, and I'm looking forward to the challenge. "Spark Joy" helped me realize that for me, a lot of books I have fall into the "komono" - or miscellaneous - category, not "books." I'm a huge Stephen King fan, and a devotee of the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. I've indulged myself with a collection of first editions and signed books. I'm going to happily hold onto my King books, my signed Joseph Wambaughs, and my entire signed Jaine Austen (Laura Levine) collection, but donate the books I've picked up over the years and held onto because . . . ? Because, why? I don't even know. I feel less burdened already.
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I I've read the first volume the magic of tidying up and I really enjoyed it and I did try to do it but this book is like a follow up a taxi takes you to the nitty gritty of how to do a lot of things that she doesn't touch on in the first book I love this book its the best and I have changed my life in a lot of different ways clearing everything up
This book helps me better understand how to find and determine things give me joy and gave me the starting blocks to get underway in this process.
It was a good follow up to the first. It addressed some of the issues I've encountered after I started to tidy.
Some parts are laborious especially when she was describing folding. Some parts are repeated from the last book, for the obvious reason that not everyone would have read it.
At the end, I felt really joyful and have a better picture of the end game in my home.
After listening to this book, I'm ready to clear out the clutter. What seemed like a chore before this book now seems like an event that I'm looking forward to. The narrator has a lovely voice that I listened to with joy. :) The first book is not necessary to "get" the concepts, but it did set the stage for full readiness. I preferred the more humble approach of this book over the seemingly endless jr. high stories in the first book.
This author has made her life's journey to explore orderliness, the value of orderliness, and what an individual's management of their living environment communicates. This book just might help you understand yourself better!
I don't recommend this one as an audiobook. It feels manual-esque in parts. In general it gets a little annoying... less inspirational, more self-obsessed. The first book is perfect and all you need. This one is overkill!
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There is a place for everything.
Like her first book, this one enhances the experience of identifying what to keep and why. The bottom line of a home for everything rings true which is to say a person can have a lot, but if you have a place for it, clutter is not so much an issue.
What a gift that is shared. While the task overwhelms me a bit, I'm excited to start and get the life I know I've been hiding from behind my clutter.
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