What I’m Reading: Spark Joy

If you’re been reading the blog for very long you know that I read and liked the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  I decided to try the follow up book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by the same author.

The book was a great help to me.  I am always needing a little organizational help….ALWAYS.

Lot of people who know me think I’m pretty organized and for the most part, I’m really not that bad…my desire though, is to be awesome at organization and keeping a tidy house. (don’t we all wish that?!)

Since reading the first book I am come leaps and bounds.  Often now days when I am reaching into a drawer in the kitchen or anywhere and I see something in the drawer that I never use and is taking up space it’s become much easier for me to simply toss it in the box to be donated to the thrift store.  It’s so much easier for me to toss or get rid of things.  I find myself shopping and think, is this item better than what I have at home.

I’m getting so much better with controlling my habits and my spending but I’ll have to admit, when it comes to the childcare kids, I’m a little more tempted to buy something.

Anyway, back to the book…did I like it as well as the first?
I think the best way to say, is that it’s too in depth for me.  I need help getting the best idea of what I want to keep.  I need help with the “less is more” concept.  That was in the first book.  This follow up book goes more into depth to tell how to store things.  I don’t need help to tell me the best way to fold my shirt.  I’m not needing help with that.

Here’s what Amazon has to say about the book, “Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.”

All in all…a fine book but WAY more detail than I want…or need.  Amazon readers give the book 4.5 stars…I would only give it 3.5.  It’s not a bad book at all.  I think what I need was all found in the first book and that was enough for me.  For others who want to go a step further in their tidying efforts, they might find the book more useful than I did.

2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Spark Joy”

  1. I love reading your blog and really appreciate your book reviews…..I think you’re right on the money with this one …. Janet. A reader and fan from Ontario,Canada

  2. I purchased the book a few weeks ago but haven’t started reading now I’m not sure if I want to. Really enjoyed the first one. Thank you for the information.

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