Marie Kondo’s first book,The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is my favorite decluttering book. It changed the way I viewed my stuff. In her follow-up book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, she calls this book her “Encyclopedia of Tidying Up.” I would agree with her assessment. Spark Joy is a companion book for those who are looking to dive deeper into decluttering. With lots of hand-holding and explanations, Marie Kondo covers in-depth on what it means to “spark joy” and how to examine those everyday items in a different perspective. She goes further into detail on how-to declutter and organize.
I enjoyed reading this book, especially as she does go into more detail into things like paper materials, seasonal items, and even cleaning supplies. One of the ideas I read that resonated with me was to store things by material (cloth with cloth, plastics with plastic, etc.). I also had another moment where she explained that instead of keeping stuff full at 100% or overflowing, try to be at 90%. For example, with shelves you can fill it up, but leave a little breathing room.
While I appreciate her methods of organizing and tidying, I really enjoy reading about the personal stories about herself and her clients as it leaves me feeling even more motivated simply than a how-to would.
The book contains illustrations, and they’re done simply enough for you to get the idea of how to store or fold something. I think the title of the book is a little misleading as it is not a completely illustrated how-to book on organizing and tidying, but it is an enjoyable and helpful read anyway.
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Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.