Spark Joy

Spark Joy

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

Large Print - 2016
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In Spark Joy, Marie Kondo presents an in-depth, 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Random House Large Print, 2016
Edition: Large print
ISBN: 9780735207783
Branch Call Number: LP 648 KOND
Characteristics: 489 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Inoue, Masako
Hirano, Cathy

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iloveseaotters
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.

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onyxnat
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.

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librarydragon_
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.

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LibUser500
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.

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EddyQubit
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.

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dnk
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.

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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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andreareads
May 29, 2019

The light this book radiates, the presence it exudes, will depend on you and how you treat it, on whether you make use of it or just buy it and never read it. This is true for all things, not just this book: your mind determines the value of everything you own.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

The first thing I saw upon opening the door was a clothing rack standing right in front of the closet, completely blocking one of its doors. A cardboard box filled with emergency food rations to be used in the event of a disaster sat on the floor, and beside it was a set of two large plastic drawers filled with surplus cleaning supplies and other paraphernalia. A pile of magazines towered in front of the built-in bookcase, and, worst of all, a new digital television had been plunked on top of the old analog TV, in a bold TV-on-TV arrangement.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

Of course, I buy new clothes and other things, but I also let go of those that have served their purpose. Consequently, I never feel inundated with things, and, confident that I can care for them well, I feel very good about my relationship to the things I own.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

if you cannot bring yourself to throw something away, keep it with confidence. It might be a T-shirt designed by your high school class for a school festival, for example, but if you can’t part with it, keep it. Don’t berate yourself for not being able to throw away something as simple as that. Rather, trust your instincts . . .

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

If you think that tidying up just means getting rid of clutter, you’re wrong. Always keep in mind that the true purpose is to find and keep the things you truly love, to display these proudly in your home, and to live a joyful life.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

No matter how messy your house may be, tidying deals with physical objects. _No matter how much stuff you may own, the amount is always finite._ If you can identify the things that bring you joy and decide where to keep them, the job of tidying must inevitably come to an end.

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andreareads
May 29, 2019

If you are confident that something brings you joy, keep it, regardless of what anyone else might say. Even if it isn’t perfect, no matter how mundane it might be, when you use it with care and respect, you transform it into something priceless.

Infolass Nov 20, 2016

"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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Oct 28, 2019

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