Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love this book as a companion to the first. First of all the practical knowledge here is just outstanding. She’s right, no one really teaches you how to fold clothes, no one really teaches you how to tidy or store items away properly. Marie Kondo does in this terrific book.
The attention to detail and simple diagrams she uses to explain her processes make everything easy to understand, and after a few false starts, even I picked them up fairly quickly. I must admit it is taking some time to implement some of these techniques but (maybe TMI?) my underwear drawer has never looked better!
I do recommend reading Marie Kondo’s books back to back. It will make more sense, flesh out some questions you may be having, and give you some tips and tricks to carry on tidying.
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve never been obsessed with tidying up or decluttering, but became interested when I found Marie Kondo’s book in the library and decided I was interested enough to read through them at least once.
It’s possible that this book will be going on the “books that changed my life” list. As a potential caveat, nothing in this book is really “new” and mostly just a rendition of common sense that no one put together quite like Marie did.
Case in point: if you have less stuff you have less stuff it clean, less stuff to tidy, and less stuff to store.
I do quite enjoy her idea of sparking joy with your possessions, keeping the things you love, and enjoying those things more often. I recommend this book whole-heartedly to everyone as I think it would change the way anyone would look at their possessions.
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