Spark Joy; Marie Kondo
Ten Speed Press - 2015
In her 2014 book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this author was highly successful in drawing readers who were interested in decluttering and learning how to organize and minimize messes around their homes. I personally thought that first book, which I purchased, was helpful. It did seem weird to me when she suggested talking to your possessions - asking each item if it "Sparks Joy".
I borrowed her most recent book, Spark Joy, from the library. The second book in many ways is a rehash of the first except that this one has drawings which the first book lacked. (It would have been helpful to see the folding techniques in a photo in the first book, IMO). This book does get into other areas such as, how to pair down your book collections, paper items, toiletries, memorabilia etc.
This book begins with the Kon Mari method (tidying up by category, not by room - beginning with clothes). With all items - anything which doesn't "spark joy" should be gotten rid of. But is that practical? My Kitchen Aid mixer that sits on my counter doesn't really bring me joy but, I use it every few weeks. Not all of my cookbooks "spark joy" but, I like the way they look in my kitchen.
I also had issues with "praising my possessions and talking to them." So overall, this book was just okay for me. I did like the visuals and wish the first book had contained some. I also think the binding is all wrong for this ope of book. It's impossible for it to stay opened to a page or lie flat when trying one of the folding methods for example. A spiral bound comb would have made this book much more useful, IMO. I know I may have sounded a bit critical here, as there are many helpful suggestions. It's just that in order to find the useful info, I needed to read through some ideas which just seemed rather odd to me. If I were to only buy (1) of Kondo's (2) books, I think I would have chosen this one that has the illustrations and most of the info that was important in her first book.
So far I've tackled my clothes and books and purged about 75-80% of what no longer "sparked joy". RW - Look at her purged closet illustration. Seriously, who has a closet that contains so few items? This seemed impractical to me. Have you read these books? What were your thoughts?