The look on my mother’s face when she brought home Spark Joy was priceless. “Here you go,” she said. “I think you need this.”
Now mum’s ‘sparked joy’, I can’t find anything in the kitchen…
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
Pages per day: 40
This book promises to not just transform your home, but your life, too. If that doesn’t sound slightly daunting, I don’t know what does – but Marie Kondo is just so darn lovely that you can’t help but be reassured. You might even find yourself – heaven forbid – wanting to tidy. (Yes, you read that right.)
The KonMari method of tidying is so successful that helping to tidy people’s homes is Marie Kondo’s full-time job, and she prides herself in having a 100% success rate. She has written about her famous tidying method in her other book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Really the only difference between that book and this one is that Spark Joy is very much geared up towards those people who are ready to tidy there and then, without any of the other commentary. This book contains diagrams and detailed explanations about important tidying tricks, such as folding (always store things upright when possible) and what objects fit in to which category.
I’ll be blunt: This book is odd. Marie Kondo’s view on objects is almost child-like, but not necessarily badly so – she just believes in common household items having personalities, and therefore they need to be stored in certain ways (cutlery should be stored in bamboo, because they are important objects and need to be ’embraced’ rather than rattled by hard plastic). It’s easy to disregard this whole book just based on her funny tips, but if you can look past those, there’s a lot to learn. In some ways her explanations and tips are really charming (she even advocates putting a cloth over stuffed animals’ eyes when you throw them out to avoid connecting with them), and it makes this book pretty fun to read.
Long story short, just get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you or your life any joy. Which sounds so simple and obvious, but when you read this book it becomes clear that it’s anything but. I’m hesitant to admit this, but after reading just five pages I got the tidying bug and cleaned out my wallet. It’s hard to read Spark Joy and not be inspired. Don’t we all just want to live amongst lovely, beautiful things? Believe me when I tell you this this Spark Joy will teach you how to do just that.
If you’re planning a move or a spring clean, or if you just feel like a total change, read this book. You’ll be transformed. You can grab it from Book Depository here with free shipping worldwide – if you’ve read this book and it’s changed your life, let me know! Happy tidying!
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