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. This book is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.
I like my stuff, I always have. I live in a studio apartment in the downtown area, and it is just enough room for me. I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t really buy anymore big things without getting rid of some other things. It’s a far cry from the air mattress and four rubbermaids I started with when I moved in. Working full-time and on the night shift, I had noticed that I had begun to let things slip, laundry was piling up, dishes sat for a week at a time, the leftovers in my fridge had started to demand better living conditions. It was getting to be a problem.
The thing that really set me off was my family visiting. Both sets visited me with only about a month in between and I found that it was actually a struggle to hide all the crap that had gathered between the two visits. Just after my mom visited I noticed that there was some dust, well to be honest a lot of dust, on my shelves. As a kid if something stood still long enough to gather dust it often ended up heading to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Military Brats often have to winnow out their belongings every few years, due to moving and often times there will be that one box that hasn’t been opened since the last move. I had 2 rubbermaids that had been consolidated and shoved in a corner. My laundry was never done and I had so much stuff, it was creating its own geological layer on the floor.
I picked up Spark Joy in order to give myself a goal in tidying up. This book is incredibly polarizing online. Either people love it or hate it. Perhaps because I haven’t read the 1st book I am safe from those extreme feelings. I found the organization ideas and discarding guidelines helpful. The extreme lengths she goes to explaining the feelings of the items must be a cultural thing that I’m not getting. It reads almost like someone trying to convince me that their OCD is just good planning. It’s a bit scary and tough to understand, but there are some good ideas on how to refold your clothes and organize your stuff. That being said, it did help me get a jump start on my cleaning and I was able to give away 7 bags full of clothes and other things I didn’t need or things that didn’t bring me joy as the KonMari method would say. So I’d say borrow this book from the library and take it with a grain of salt. It might help it might not.
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