- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion (7 Jan. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785040480
- ISBN-13: 978-1785040481
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 18.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying Hardcover – 7 Jan 2016
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"Its strength is its simplicity." (Richard Lloyd Parry The Times)
"All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world ... one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life." (Good Housekeeping)
"Do I love it? If not, chuck it. Marie Kondo promises that by following her KonMari Method I will be a neatnik, forever ... I decide The Life-changing Magic of Tidying will become my bible." (Brigid Moss Red magazine)
"[It is] enough to salute Kondo for her recognition of something quietly profound: that mess is often about unhappiness, and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it." (The Times)
"The tidiness regimen prescribed by Japanese author Marie Kondo is a great idea. It’s so great that maybe we need to expand its reach" (Guardian)
Spark Joy is the illustrated masterclass of tidying from Marie Kondo, following on from the worldwide phenomenon The Life-Changing Magic of TidyingSee all Product description
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Kondo's particular brand of anthropomorphism and her personal relationship to her belongings is very alien to many western readers and if I hadn't already got to know her from the first book, Spark Joy would have probably wound me up quite a lot. If you've not read her personal story of how her philosophy evolved, it's easy to dismiss her as completely batty instead of considering her an inspirational genius.
I hoped that Spark Joy would be a handy reminder of key points from the first book, or that it might build on that first book. For me it didn't really succeed at either target. I had raced through the first book, voraciously soaking up all the funny stories and advice and I made a pretty good start on getting my house in order. Spark Joy as a book just DIDN'T spark anything even close to joy for me and I found reading it a bit of a drag.Read more ›
Both books i actually found hard to read. They are a little wishy washy (thank you socks etc) but they do help change the mindset of this hoarder. We live in a small 2 bed semi detatched 1950's box house, little to no storage. Full to teh gunnel with 'very useful' items that where constantly lost in the sea of crap. After reading the 1st book, i started with clothes as suggested, took me a while to get everything, and work through them as didnt really have a 'staging area', i just used my living room and did not invite anyone over (not that i normally did as im a hoarder) but between me and my sons clothes and shoes and books and accessories i donated over 250 black bin bags, recycled 6 wheely bins, and binned 3 skinny wheely bins worth of stuff, 20 plus carrier bags of things sons school could use) i started to collect paper work to work on when kitchen needed renovating , took absolutely forever, then lost my clear out /joy keeping mojo. ive only half read this book but it has gotten me motivated to start agian, and ive just done 2 car loads full to the charity shop, i have noticed that not a lot is coming into the house now as my mindset is changing. I now return things that dont fit etc instead of keeping in case it fits later etc
What i really like about this concept is the idea that im not decluttering - even though i am, but that i am allowed to keep what we like or find Joy Sparking. It completely turned things around in this hoarders head.Read more ›
My husband pooh poohed it all for a while but must have got 'wardrobe envy' & has just nonchalantly completed a massive tidy up himself, although haven't yet convinced the kids, sadly...I think you could reread this little book again and again & be re inspired each time.
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I'm addicted to these books by KonMari and follow her Instagram now too so many good ideas ! Just need about a month off work to put it into practice!Published 43 minutes ago by josephsamuel mum
Wonderful book. Already an avid declutterer, just when I thought I had nothing left to clear, this book inspired me to clear more items. Fab.Published 4 days ago by Mrs W.
A book on tidying up.
My other half has pointed me in the direction of this book. After years of believing that the correct place for my clothes is the floor, this may just... Read more
This is the second book, don't make the mistake i did and buy/start reading this first. Great follow on book though to take you through the stages and steps needed to complete the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by C Powell
Love the book. It really got me going with decluttering my home, something I'd been avoiding!Published 20 days ago by rosie
It made me realise that after all, I do not need anybody else but me to teach me how to be tidy.
My mum must have done it a long time ago. Read more