I like order. My mind is more peaceful when my surroundings are. I see God easier when things are in harmony rather than chaos.
So I like books on organization.
And I particularly like this one, spark joy, by Marie Kondo.
Whether or not you’ve read Marie Kondo’s first best-seller, the life-changing magic of tidying up, you can pick up this second book spark joy and get to work immediately with a plan and do so with delight.
Consider Her Subtitle
“an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up”
Two words you need to notice:
Because this book contains many illustrations, you can see exactly what Kondo means when she tells you to store your thick winter clothes for the off-season or how to fold odd-shaped tops or how to fold cloth and plastic bags.
And because Kondo considers organizing “an art,” you hear words like these sprinkled throughout the book:
“Pause to say “thank you” to the clothes you are wearing, to your pen or computer, your dishes and quilts, the bath and the kitchen. Without exception, the things in your home long to make you happy. Once you see that they are there to protect and support you, once you realize that you have enough even now, then you can resume tidying.”
(Well, as in the first book, some of it seems over-the-top for our western minds, but her premise is that we are more content when our homes are straightened up. I agree with that.)
As in her first book, Kondo reminds us that we likely need much less than we have. So first we discard the extra. Only then do we organize.
“Only two skills are necessary to successfully put your house in order: the ability to keep what sparks joy and chuck the rest, and the ability to decide where to keep each thing you choose and always put it back in its place.
The important thing in tidying is not deciding what to discard but rather what you want to keep in your life.”
I wasn’t sure if I would benefit from this book since I did read the first book and had already implemented several changes (my sweatpants are now stored vertically; I cleaned out and tidied several drawers; my photo project is well underway).
But I did need this book to keep me going and fill in some gaps. I like the drawings to show me how to take her suggestions, and I appreciate her encouragement to continue discarding things that don’t bring joy.
Three Parts of Spark Joy
- Part I: KonMari master tips
Honing your sensitivity to joy
How to fill your home with joy
Everything you need to know about storing joyfully
- Part II: The tidying encyclopedia
Tidying sentimental items
- Part III: Life-changing magic
A home that sparks joy
The things that come when you’re done
You may not need or use everything in this book (sometimes suggestions were too harsh for me), but likely there are several areas you could benefit from.
More tips from Spark Joy
“The best way to identify what does or doesn’t bring you joy is to compare. In the beginning, unless your feelings are very black-and-white, it’s hard to decide if something brings joy when you look at it by itself. When you compare it with a bunch of other things, however, your feelings become clear.”
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“‘It might come in handy.’ Believe me, it never will. You can always manage without it. For those embarked upon a tidying marathon, this phrase is taboo.”
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“The rule of thumb for storage is 90 percent. Full but not stuffed.”
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“The four principles: fold it, stand it upright, store in one spot, and divide your storage space into square compartments.”
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“The basic rule for papers: Discard everything.” [This one I cannot do!]
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“If you want a kitchen that you can enjoy cooking in, aim for one that’s easy to clean. The best way to do that is to make sure you put nothing on the counters or around the sink and stove top.”
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Have you read any of Marie Kondo’s books? Is spring cleaning in your near future? Please share your tips in the comments.
My thanks to Blogging for Books
for the review copy of this book
- Books I Recommend – March 2016
- On the blog – March 2016