Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo, a review
I admit to being a fan of Kondo's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Like most Americans, I had to cut through cultural differences but that book was behind me sending a lot of stuff to charity. Perhaps the best affect of the book... giving me permission (as if I needed it but I did) to finally give away my fabric stash from those years I made fabric crafts and small quilts.
So it was with great anticipation that I read Kondo's newest book, Spark Joy. Not only was it just as good as the first, I even liked it better. I think it reads easier for the American audience.
Not to mention, the subject is all about sparking joy by having the things around us bring us joy. Yes, that was the basis of the first book but this one seems to understand those of us who are not minimalists. It contains wonderful ideas for keeping those objects we find beautiful in sight.
This book is written as a companion to the first and one thing about it fans of the first book will appreciate... this one has illustrated sketches. For instance, if you tried to figure out just how she folds clothes in the first book, this one shows you.
I read the first book and then passed it on to a friend. This book is one you will want to keep on hand, as a resource to come back to time and time again. Do you need to read the first book before reading this? Not really. This can be a "stand alone" book. However, consider it a sequel and the first book offers more in depth descriptions of Kondo's teaching.
Yes, once again the American audience will overlook a few suggestions. I can't quite bring myself to talk to my clothes even if I do talk to my cat. But there is a whole lot of good stuff here. Highly recommended!
Spark Joy was provided by Blogging For Books for the purpose of review but the opinions are my own.
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