Spark Joy: Book Review

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo is inspiring! Simple writing and descriptions, fantastic illustrations, beautifully printed, and overall an interesting read.

But here’s the deal, I just don’t feel like it’s realistic. The principles in the book are fabulous… But Kondo would be disappointed because the very things that she claims will stop me from ever being free of my clutter are the very real hurdles in my life.

I absolutely love the concepts about getting everything of one item in one place and then evaluating what “sparks joy.” I love the idea of my belongings  “sparking joy.”  And the truth is when I moved I had every intention of implementing her philosophies. But logistically I just find them nearly impossible. Now is that the phase of life I’m in…? Maybe. Three small kids under four years old. Could be debilitating. However it seems to me that she genuinely believes that this is doable for people.
And maybe it will be in another time of my life.
Are there things I can implement? Yes! Does this companion to the “life-changing magic of tidying up” help me visualize better with the illustrated examples… Yes!
And truly I am inspired. So for me, who is just looking for inspiration, this book did the trick. And for you maybe it will be more practical. I hope you’ll consider picking up the book and see for yourself.

Kondo literally goes through your home item by item and walks you through purging and tidying. You can tell she believes in it. And I love the idea of it. However, from the opening line “life truly begins only after you have put your house in order.” I beg to differ. My life has begun, it is happening, and at this moment in time I can’t take a way from that life to tidy and declutter. Seems ironic. I will, however,be giving some of these principles a try. I will have to just do it more “as I go.” I guess she might be pleased that I’m willing to try to tackle any of it to begin with.

I’d give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. Thanks!

“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.”

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