Review: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Title: Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class to the Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Author: Marie Kondo

Genre: Self-Help (I think?)

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Length: 291 pages

In this companion to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo takes you step-by -step through her process of decluttering and tidying. With explanations, illustrations, and anecdotes from her career, she sheds light on her method and gives persuasive arguments on how and why to tidy your home.

This book was a very fun read for being about what can be a dull subject. However, the way Kondo explains her method and takes you through the process is engaging and fun. You never feel as if she’s lecturing you. Instead, it’s like she’s there to guide you through a journey that will make you happier.

I’ve been decluttering on and off for the past year. I thought I had pared everything down to the things that sparked joy, and then, after putting down the book, I suddenly thought, “Why do I have that white T-shirt in my dresser? I hate that T-shirt.” And, thus, I realized I had some more work to do. I’ve now gone through my wardrobe, folded my clothes the Kon Marie way, organized them by color, rearranged my closet, gone through my books… etc., etc. I donated about five bags of stuff that absolutely did not bring me any joy. And I haven’t even started on the komono yet.

I think my favorite part was the illustrations. I actually propped open the book to the pictures and used them while I folded all my clothes. They were helpful.

I do not own this book. I got it from the library. But, considering how much joy it brought me, I think I’ll purchase it soon.

I always feel a little weird about rating self-help books because, to me, ratings are about enjoyment. So, I’ll just say that if you’re interested in reading how to tidy your home, and you’ve read The Life Changing Magic, I recommend this book.