Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up was a total inspiration in the reorganization of my small apartment. As I stumbled over the boxes that I had never truly moved into my home, I realized I needed a change. The “KonMari Method” helped me get my act together, and her philosophy on whether an object ‘sparks joy’ within me really guided my process.
My favorite part of this book is that Kondo truly does address the idea that cleaning up is stressful. Living a tidy lifestyle requires you to think about why you like an object, which can bring up some tough feelings and thoughts. She asks you to simply relax and visualize the ‘whole picture’ and that anxiety comes from short sightedness. I felt as if she was talking to me, and that I could complete the task at hand because she understood the process. I felt as if the sections on folding clothes seemed a little strange, and her very specific sections on ’emergency supplies’ and ‘rain gear’ seemed entirely too niche, although I understand the need to expand on her original ideas.
This book isn’t just about making your home neat and tidy or folding your clothes the right way, this book is really about tidying your life. I attempted to ‘KonMari’ my home in a time where I needed a fresh start in my environment, and she truly helped me clear my mind and home by getting rid of unnecessary clutter. I recommend getting this book for anybody who needs some inspiration or might be stuck in a rut, or anybody who has moved to a new place and needs a push to create a space they can call their own. Overall, great read and instructional book!