Spark Joy by Marie Kondo Review


Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is her second published book after the success of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This time she explores further the concepts of joy, ways to fold clothes, and supports her tips with illustrations. She starts with "Life only begins after you have put your house in order" so there is no surprises what this book talks about.

If you have read Marie's first book you will notice that some of the advice given repeat themselves. However the author talks in depth about e.g. clothes folding method etc. Additionally there is more advice about dealing with your kitchen and bathroom, something not explored in the first book.

Although folding method for your clothes (I am staying faithful to my cute socks balls) is supported with illustrations; I would not consider this book as illustrated. Illustrations are quite clear and eye catching, bunny cute, but I feel that there was a need for the beautiful photographs showing befores and afters to support the atmosphere that book creates. 

As is the case of the first book (review available here) not all tips will apply to everyone (I talk to my orchids, I am not going to talk to my dress). Everything depends if the situation and advice is applicable to your situation so I would not be too serious while reading; take it with a pinch of salt.

One of the most useful pieces of advice for me was when Marie talks about the relationship between people living in the same place when one or more of the them are not sharing the same minimalistic values. She recommends focusing on things that can be changed and improved. Unfortunately, we have no power over someone else's habits and preferences. Everyone knows it but sometimes is just hard to accept it.

Author's book is beautifully designed and coordinates so well next to the first one on the shelf. Cover is very pretty and simplistic. Overall, I have to admit that the second book was helpful but I am not sure if I would not rather have the first edition improved with added information, a second edition. I think one bigger book would be better, especially for someone who enjoys minimalism as at the end of the day it is only one extra item not two. Nevertheless if you are interested in in-depth knowledge about 'KonMari' methods this book will definitely gives you more answers.   

Are you tempted to read Spark Joy?

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  1. This seems like a really interesting book, not one I'd usually pick up and read. Is it bad that I'm 21 and still unsure of how to fold my clothes. I mean I fold them but just not the best looking way. Also the design of the cover looks so simple and minimalistic! Love it!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    1. I really like the design too. Don't worry too much about folding your clothes as long as you are happy your clothes are fine. :) Iga x

  2. I am not overly tempted (I didn't even read the first one), but I wholeheartedly agree about the problem of sharing your space with someone who has a completely different approach to cleanliness...

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  3. I actually didn't manage to finish the first book (oops!) but I think I'd definitely prefer having the illustrations there!

    Musings & More

    1. Illustrations are really cute, but I cannot blame you for not finishing.

  4. Strange these books are so simple and common sense yet they felt like a small revelation to me

    1. It's just a little reminder I guess. Nothing spectacular yet quite useful to be told again, and again.


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