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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying Hardcover – 7 Jan 2016

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  • 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)
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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)

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Spark Joy is the illustrated masterclass of tidying from Marie Kondo, following on from the worldwide phenomenon The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

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I am a massive fan of Marie Kondo and her tidying methods and have been working my way through my home since reading her first book a couple of years ago. I am also a member of a UK Facebook group for people who are following the KonMari tidying method and we often get debates about which of her two books people should read if they only have the money to buy one and the time to read one. The group is split between those who favour 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying' and those who think you can get by with 'Spark Joy'. Personally having now read both of them, I know that I could not have got along with just the second book. You might be fine - so don't reach for the unhelpful button without reading on - but for me, it was important to have the philosophical background in place before reading Spark Joy.

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.
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Having read The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up and started to clear massive amounts of hoarder stuff, and then stalling due to major house work, i needed a boost to get me back in the swing of things, and picked this up when about £5. it really helps as a boost, alothough would not recommend to anyone unless they had read the 1st book.
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.
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Strangely addictive and convincing! Have now (like everyone else) sorted out undies drawers, wardrobes, kitchen and even utility room (so many bin bags filled - amazing what you can stuff away in a cupboard for years)! Some really simple, clear ideas (even if you don't necessarily buy into the more philosophical position the author takes, there are some obvious psychological benefits that are compelling). I am still surprised at the satisfaction to be gained just from folding clothes into little parcels!! She also has actually quite good advice about making areas meaningful to you that made perfect sense. As adults we are so busy acquiring more 'stuff' we can lose sight of what is important and she reminds you to stop and evaluate your surroundings from a more holistic viewpoint, which I found very refreshing.

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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Fantastic book. I read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying" first which motivated me a little. Then I read "Spark Joy" which motivated me a lot and now I have started my tidying marathon
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Beautiful book, already feeling the benefits. Also, cute pictures. I'm part way through the decluttering the house using this method, and it's incredibly inspiring. Bit by bit, I'm happier with the kitchen and bedroom, reading it in short bursts to inspire as I go. Highly recommended, though.
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