- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion (7 Jan. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785040480
- ISBN-13: 978-1785040481
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,448 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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I am currently in the midst of my 'tidying festival' and even though, sprinkled throughout 'Spark Joy', almost all the ideas in 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying' are reiterated, I found that not only I needed the repetition of those very good principles for them to sink in, but that I also wouldn't have had half the confidence and the enthusiasm for tidying that l have now, having read it. That is because this book also contains a wealth of detail and practical advice, real life examples of different situations, questions and outcomes related to tidying, and very moving accounts from the author's own life. There is a lot of needed clarification on storage, and a step by step run through the categories, plus lots of insight into the timeless principles that underpin the KonMari approach.
The illustrations are in a very cute Japanese style, and while they are particularly informative when it comes to showing the proper ways of folding clothing etc, I think their purpose is mainly to 'spark joy' and enthusiasm, and less to be scientific diagrams (which seems to be what the other reviewers might have been mistakenly expecting?). The whole point of the KonMari method is that your tidy home will spark joy for you, as an individual and family, and clearly that is not something that can be achieved by slavishly following technical illustrations and prescriptions.Read more ›
So this is why this review is 3 stars. It is this book only. When pre-ordering there was no seek peak or preview and no real description other than the word 'illustrated'. The illustrations look like something my 5 year old would do at school and they're not helpful at all in providing visual inspiration for immersing yourself in the KonMari methods. In the last week I've watched plenty of YouTube tutorials from KonMari devotees around the world and they've been worth their weight in gold in helping motivate me and give me ideas on how best to organise my own space.
The saving grace is that the original book I downloaded the digital version and I at least have Spark Joy in hardback form.Read more ›
Much less of her story - all her abortive attempts at taming clutter until she hit her a-ha moment. This is interesting and gives her credibility in "the life changing magic..." but by leaving it out, in this book she goes into far more detail about the various categories.
Her simplistic drawings are sometimes berated, but I think they suit the style of her approach - watch the videos on YouTube if you find it confusing.
I read the first book and did lots of decluttering. Then I read this one and it answered many questions I had... I definitely prefer this one to the first one - not only that but it is a more beautiful book and I love the integral green bookmark.
If you want to buy just one of her books, but this one.
Since reading it 3 months ago, I have decluttered about 20 bin bags worth of items. There is nothing pushed under beds, room on my bookshelves, room in my kitchen cupboards and my cellar has never been so empty in 12 years!
It has made me re-evaluate my entire relationship to things. I have bought all new underwear and replaced some items that I hadn't realised irritated me so much - including a really noisy kettle.
There is plenty of work still to be done - as I progress, my definition of "joy" is being refined. I have re-evaluated what I want my home to look like, found a new personal style for my clothing, and sought out more statement items like art to bring more joy into my life.
From trivets to coasters, kettles to endless pens, clothes to spare paint, we are gradually letting items we no longer want go to new homes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first book was interesting and informative. I found this one to be banal - almost an excuse for a follow-up. Nothing to do with tidying - and I know how to fold a sock. Read morePublished 1 day ago by florrie
This book is life changing. It really makes you re-evaluate how you look at personal belongings. If you are prone to dealing with clutter and want a home that brings you joy and is... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Alana
I found myself spontaneously tidying things away, reconsidering drawers and shelves, reuniting clothes with their own group which had been previously distributed across different... Read morePublished 9 days ago by M Woodley
I read this book after seeing a video on the Konmari method and it has inspired me to declutter my life. Read morePublished 9 days ago by alison-marie lee
Great book, unfortunately the hard book option did not have the elasticated enclosure as advertised and pictured, which is annoying as that was the sole reason for my purchase of a... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Willowtree
This book has turned my life around! Be prepared to sort out your stuff!! I gave over half my house to charity and felt so good about it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer