Spark Joy by Marie Kondō

Spark Joy

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 and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items t...

Details Spark Joy

TitleSpark Joy
Release DateJan 5th, 2016
PublisherTen Speed Press
GenreNonfiction, Self Help

Reviews Spark Joy

  • Elyse Walters
    Spark Joy or Kill Joy? According to Marie Kondo.... her KonMari Method of tidying up is nothing short of life-changing. Every time I walked into any book store... This little book ( kinda attractive), seems to always be near the front of the store...with many copies. I've yet to touch the book myself. I actually had NO IDEA what the book was about until walking early yesterday morning. While random looking at audiobook's on my overdrive app, I se...
  • Andy
    This is a fine follow-up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I listened to the audio version, and found the accompanying PDF helpful enough that I didn't need the printed text.Don't let Kondo's animism put you off; even if you're uncomfortable with thanking your possessions for their service before discarding them, there is much to be learned from this book. For Kondo, tidying is really a means to the end of mastering the space in which you...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    Spark Joy is author Marie Kondō's follow up to her internationally best-selling title, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.Kondo's not for everyone — some of her ideas are very different like treating your possessions as if they have spirits of their own and sorting items by smell — but I like her.I think it's because she is obviously very passionate about what she teaches. Her excitement se...
  • Christine Wahl
    Very unique way to organize items, minimalist and get rid of clutter easily. If you can't declutter after this book there might not be hope.
  • Emily
    I got this book instead of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing because it has invaluable illustrations of Marie Kondo's folding style. (I started looking like one of these dogs when reading the descriptions of how to fold without any pictures.) From what I can tell, this book is an expansion of her first with some of the key concepts outlined a bit more clearly.I will be moving at the end of the ...
  • Rose
    Initial reaction: I thought this was a thorough follow up to Marie Kondo's first book, with more expansions and cute illustrations to boot. This book has a slight edge for my enjoyment because of how streamlined and organized it is compared to the first book. Probably rating this about 4 stars.Full review:"Spark Joy" was a book I was anticipating reading following Marie Kondo's first book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up". I was at first af...
  • Alexandra
    I found this book cluttered with boring and unhelpful anecdotes and also lacking in practical tips on how to actually tidy ones house. There's no real structure of how to go about it and there are a lot of gaps. For example, nowhere does the author mention coats, decorative items or art. She could have also been more practical in explaining when to tackle which task as you're reading the book. It wasn't really clear when I should put down the boo...
  • Mhairi
    I really enjoyed konmari's first book! I found it helpful, fresh, and it really did help me tidy up (pretty magically I might add) Since that book was released, I've read articles online about the method as it spread, and when I saw this book was due- I was thrilled!I was disappointed that this book didn't seem to provide anything new. If you've read the first book, and even seen one or two videos of her folding techniques on YouTube- you've pret...
  • Kelly
    If you are really serious about decluttering your life this book will give you the guidance you need. It should be something you've already thought about. It's not a book for people who love to be surrounded by a lot of stuff. Those people will just end up writing long reviews making fun of the book hoping for laughs from other people who don't get those who wish to live a more minimalistic life. The day we had to move my grandma from a 5 bedroom...
  • Gabriel Alan
    Before this book changed my life, my makeup products sat dangerously close to my skin care products blocking my vanity's now perfect energy. Also, as is typical for people with my blood type, I'd never considered the relief that comes with organizing my electronics by smell, or having the dignity to cover the faces of my stuffed animals with a cloth bag, before I throw them in the garbage. This is rectified and I've been transformed forever. The ...
  • Jessica
    This was 100% what I expected and needed out of a "master class." I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up right around a year ago, and completed the entire KonMari process in the following months. However, although we'd pared down our possessions to only the things we love and use, I didn't feel like I had mastered how to organize and arrange what we had left for maximize efficiency and appreciation. This book has specific tips for every are...
  • Gina Beirne
    Although I may not (read: will not) fold all my underwear into origami, her principles of tidying up are well worth looking at. What is important to you? (Seems weird to say "spark joy" when referring to underwear.) I'm all about shedding stuff that is no longer useful in my life hence the two garbage bags and two boxes of stuff being jettisoned from my house. (Note: threw out aforementioned underwear...did not put in donate box.)
  • Sarah (Starry Night Reader)
    Honestly, I thought this book was weird. Like this author is just way too obsessed with tidiness. I consider myself pretty tidy but I'm never gonna close my eyes and hug a piece of clothing to my chest to decide whether "inspires joy." Eventually I was motivated to tidy my home though, so I guess the book did its job, even though I don't think I followed one suggestion from the book (taking all of mine and my fiance's clothes from the drawers/clo...
  • Mike
    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing felt a bit weird. it's successor, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up felt more comfortable, whether because I was adapted to Ms. Kondō's perspective, or the weird-to-Mike factor had been throttled back.
  • Un té con Ceres
    Me ha llevado meses leer este libro porque me parecía más de lo mismo, mucha teoría repetida del primer libro. Este viene con fotos y esquemas para aprender a doblar pero me ha aportado poco. Abarca el orden más concreto por zonas de la casa. Si habéis leído el primero os lo podéis ahorrar o leerlo por encima yendo a lo que os importa. Para aprender más sobre el método Konmari de forma visual y amena os recomiendo los videos que @eherrai...
  • alice (arctic books)
    I really liked this sequel to THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP! However, I felt like it was more of a modification of the first book than adding something new to Kondo's ideas. A lot of the same concepts are recycled in this novel - keeping items if it "sparks joy", learning to tidy and organize items, etc., so don't expect much new information. Nonetheless, I do think that this book was an improvement to the first novel - there are tons of ...
  • Giselle
    Better then her previous book because she finally had some diagrams. Most of her advice was the same, so I pretty much skimmed through it.
  • L.A.
    The companion book to the KonMari method, with even more details about how to do all the things.This tiny little book is meant to be read after, or in conjunction with, Kondo's bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Taken on its own/out of sequence, you can consider it the book to flip through to decide if you want to dive into the first book or not. However, it's definitely more logical to read these two books in order, since Spark Jo...
  • Sách Chuyền Tay
    An another great book from Marie Kondo. I'm feeling more excited and ecstacy on my way to becoming a Joyful guy.Some favorite quotes and notes:@The six basic rules of tidying1. Commit yourself to tidying up2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle3. Finish discarding first4. Tidy by category, not by location5. Follow the right order: clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellany), and finally, sentimental items.6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy"Clutter accumul...
  • Katherine
    I've been reading through this book slowly. I've spent more time slowly taking it's advice than actually reading it now that I'm technically finished. I'll spare everyone here the details, but before I read this book my apartment looked a lot different. And though it took me some time to warm up to it's twee language, Marie's way of tidying really stuck a cord with me once I was open to it. I'm not done taking it's advice, but I appreciate what t...
  • Jonathon
    I read this book thinking, "well of course this is how to tidy up! Makes total sense." The language may have been idiosyncratic at times ("spark joy" being especially prevalent), but none of the principals were a huge shock or revelation.
  • Sarah Mackintosh
    Slow start, I almost felt like I was rereading "Life Changing Magic." Halfway through, Marie got to some tips about kitchens and bathrooms that was really lacking in the first book. I really enjoyed it! Love her.
  • AdiTurbo
    Okay, so this second KonMarie book is even crazier than the first, and Kondo herself is a self-professed obsessive-compulsive who talks to underwear and thanks papers. Still, she is very good at motivating you to get off the couch and put some order in your house, and has a strong point in her instruction to keep only stuff that makes you happy. We in the West all have way too much stuff in our homes anyway, which should go to recycling or to som...
  • Laura
    Much better than the first. It covers a lot of the same information but is clearer, more indepth, and more practical, with the added bonus of including answers to questions she got after releasing the first.
  • Lizzy 찡긋 Kim
    Even though she repeated herself about organizing, it encouraged me to clean my house. This is the step. First you have to discard and order them, keep them tidy.
  • Marie
    Great method. My house is in relative order, but some things aren't practical with multiple small children. It's written mostly for people who live alone.
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    I really like the whole Konmari philosophy. While I'm not that interested in organizing/tidying methods, I thought I'd finally read Kondo's books and see what I can apply to the trickier areas of my house that I wasn't sure how to approach (mainly clothes, sentimental items, how to store items well after the discarding process).
  • Kathryn
    First sentence: Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order.Favorite quote: If you are confident that something brings you joy, keep it, regardless of what anyone else might say.I give this book 3 stars only because I don't need it. I absorbed her first book and put much of it into practice. I am by nature very organized yet I still gravitate to all books, articles and Pinterest pins on organizing. I rarely find something to new...
  • Robin
    More of the same. Just read the first book, LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP, and if more organizational and decluttering advice is needed, wait until March (2016) and pick up Fay Wolf's NEW ORDER: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks.