Author: Marie Kondō

Review: Spark Joy

Posted August 27, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Spark JoySpark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
Published by Ten Speed Press on January 5th 2016
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 291
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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. This book is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.

I don’t often read life advice books. For whatever reason, this little book stuck out to me during a visit to my local library. So, I checked it out. Two days later, I was completely redoing all my clothing drawers and closet layout. In that sense, the book did its job. In other senses, it might have missed the boat.

I won’t lie: I have a lot of clothes. Getting them to fit in my drawers in a way that I could still find what I wanted to wear was always a challenge. This book helped with that. The drawings and tips for storing clothes were extremely helpful. I don’t think my drawers have ever looked (and stayed) so clean. If you’re a shopaholic with a closet full of clothes, I’d definitely point you toward this book. While you may not fold all of your clothes how Marie Kondo recommends, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few strategies to find your clothes a good home. Also, Marie’s recommendation to take everything from your closet and put it right in the middle of your bedroom floor to sort through was phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten rid of so many clothes at once. And they were all items that I had forgotten I had or hadn’t worn in ages.

However, this book wasn’t perfect. I sometimes found myself rolling my eyes at some of the inspirational phrases about clothes “sparking joy” or my room becoming my “personal art museum”. But, the language wasn’t so overwhelming that I couldn’t read the book. In fact, most of the time I could understand the point Marie Kondo was making. I just wasn’t a fan of the cheesy, over-enthusiastic terminology.

Overall, if you’re looking to update your closet or reorganize your home, give this book a shot. You might just find yourself folding all your shirts into tiny rectangles, just like I did.

What do you think?

Have you ever rearranged your life based on an organizational book? Do you ever read life advice books? Are there any you’d recommend?