Review: “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo


Thumbs up for Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Nonfiction.

I felt almost certain that this book was going to be a rehash of the first (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), published only for the money and containing little of value. But, surprisingly, it felt like a useful companion. The brevity of the first book left plenty of ground for the sequel to cover, providing much-needed explications and touching on specific issues and situations. Then, for those who want them, there are also diagrams about how to fold clothes according to Kondo’s method. If you like the first book but had some remaining questions, I would recommend this.

Secondly, if you cannot bring yourself to throw something away, keep it with confidence. It might be a T-shirt designed by your high school class for a school festival, for example, but if you can’t part with it, keep it. Don’t berate yourself for not being able to throw away something as simple as that. Rather, trust your instincts, which you have already honed by choosing what to keep and what to discard for an astounding number of things. As long as you have approached that T-shirt with integrity, the day will come when you know that it has fulfilled its job.

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