“Even if you fail, don’t worry – your house won’t blow up.”
– Marie Kondo, Spark Joy
I just finished reading Marie Kondo’s latest book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. As you can tell from the book cover, Spark Joy is a companion guide to Kondo’s earlier book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
In this book, Kondo provides more detailed advice about handling each category of possessions. This includes her origami folding method as well as storage suggestions. She also describes how to discover which things bring you joy, as well as what to do about stuff you never use, but love.
She also clarifies her advice on keeping all like-items together. A winter scarf, for example, need not be kept in the closet with clothes, but can be stored near the door, as part of the category of “things you put on before leaving the house.”
Some will find her continued anthropomorphizing of stuff weird or annoying. For instance, she says wallets need to rest because they tire easily. Kondo also claims items can be sorted by smell. I just ignore these comments. Most of the book is practical advice.
One of my favorite things about the Kondo method is the focus on joy. In Spark Joy, she goes into more detail about how we can increase our feelings of joy and gratitude for those necessary but seeming uninspiring things we need to keep.
Some of this is internal, like treating essential but boring objects as if they bring us joy. Some is external, like creating a fun-themed bathroom similar to something you might find in a restaurant. Her example is a Hawaiian theme, with paintings of palm trees, a tortoise ornament by the sink, and the scent of coconut.
P.S. Check out Room for Debate on The Marie Kondo Cleaning Phenomenon for thoughts on the KonMari method.