spark joy

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

spark joy
an illustrated master class on the
art of organizing and tidying up
By marie kondo
Companion to the #1 New York times best-selling
the life-changing magic of tidying up

OVERVIEW: Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers ad closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep "necessary" items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

AUTHOR: MARIE KONDO is the founder of the acclaimed KonMari Method and author of the #1 New York Times best seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which has sold more than three million copies worldwide, has been translated into thirty-five languages, and has been turned into a Japanese television drama. She is also the author of a companion journal Life-Changing Magic: A Journal. He famed Tokyo consulting business helps clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. Kondo has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Times, USA Today, and the Today show, and has been named one of time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. She lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her husband and daughter.

MY REVIEW: She's done it again! Marie Kondo has written another book that will help you put your house—and your life in order. In the preface she says, "I want to help as many people as possible tidy up once and for all." Her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold more than three million copies and this book, Spark Joy is sparking joy and is a run away best seller. Without a doubt she has reached her goal of helping people tidy up and stay that way.

It may be that being male keeps me from getting too excited about the "cute" little drawings in this book but it doesn't keep me from recognizing their value. Knowing and SEEING how to fold a long sleeve shirt doesn't make me want to do it. However, I do know that this means a lot to a woman and will be greatly valued. Yes, this is a good book. Even for a man. I too want to tidy up. I found the section, "Advice for those who think they can't part with books" especially helpful. In fact, it's all good.

My advice, if you are serious about tidying up, is to go out and buy the first book. Read it carefully. And then go right out and get this one. You will like the books and if you follow what she says, you will like yourself better.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)