Spark Joy

Spark Joy

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

Large Print - 2016
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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, 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.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2016]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780735207783
073520778X
Characteristics: 489 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 18 cm
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kvanlin
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.

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starplayer
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.

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victoriadouglas135
Apr 17, 2020

This book was even cuter than Marie's first.

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green_wolf_1954
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!

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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.

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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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