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Book Review: Spark Joy – An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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For those of you who want to do a major spring overhaul of your house but aren't sure where to begin or how to get it accomplished, this is the book for you. Marie Kondo made waves in the world of organization with her KonMari method of tidying up and her book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up". This book is the companion guide to her first book and it delves deeper into the KonMari method as well as giving step-by-step instructions and illustrations as to how to implement the KonMari method into your own life.

Spark Joy is separated into three parts, each guiding the reader along the KonMari way. Part One discusses the difference between tidying and cleaning and explains how this method will help create a home that is not only clean and organized, but also one that brings its dwellers joy. Part Two of the book is an illustrated manual of how to implement the organizational methods of the KonMari method. It instructs the reader on how to do everything from folding specific pieces of clothing to organizing books and papers to how best to store medications, kitchen utensils, and sentimental items. Part Three walks the reader through how to make each area of his or her home radiate joy. The book is very thorough and thought-provoking. What remains to be seen is if the KonMari method is right for the person reading it.

This method is incredibly specific and very extreme. It's worth saying that if you aren't ready to commit a large chunk of time to purging your house of a lot of stuff, it may not be the method to use. Kondo freely admits that she "has very few interests other than tidying". Most of us can probably agree that we can find at least five other things to do before we set about tidying up the house. With this said, however, Kondo must be on to something because her method of only keeping things that truly make us happy has certainly caught on with the general public from her native Japan and all over the world. I would say that even if you can't make the commitment to tidying on as grand a scale as Kondo's KonMari method would require you to, there are still a lot of really good and usable takeaways from this book. Kondo has excellent recommendations for cleaning out and organizing your closet. She also has great suggestions for ridding your house of paper clutter. There are many other pieces of the KonMari method that may be useful for you, even if you don't believe in holding onto specific items and determining if they make your heart sing with joy.

Come in to the Karen Yontz Center today to check out this very interesting book.

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