Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Review: Spark Joy + Free Bookmark Printable!

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
And printable bookmarks...scroll to the end for the PDF!

Marie Kondo’s unique KonMari Method of tidying up is nothing short of life-changing—and her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has become a worldwide sensation. In Spark Joy, Kondo presents an in-depth, illustrated manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections. User-friendly line drawings illustrate Kondo’s patented folding method as it applies to shirts, pants, socks, and jackets, as well as images of properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets. This book is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.
The spate of self-help reading continues.  I'm just so inspired right now, Reader Friends.  I truly feel like this is my year.  I'm thirty-two, I'm not getting younger, and I have everything I need to really go after the things I want.  This is the year of getting myself together in every area of life: my health, my fitness, my home, and my attitude.  I've had enough time of just letting things slide, now is my time to pull it all together and make life happen.

And a major part of that will be my home.  I have a clean house.  There are only two of us and no kids, so that automatically cuts down on a lot of the clutter issues others have to deal with.  But it's just so easy to let the little things slide.  By that, I mean, I just cleaned my blinds for the first time.  Ever.  I've lived in this house for almost six years.  And never cleaned the blinds.  So yeah, it's not gross and we aren't living in squalor, but things slip by pretty easily.  And it's so easy to say "i'll get that later" and later just never happens.  Enter Marie Kondo.

Last year I read and reviewed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and I'm not going to bother with basically rewriting that same review for this one.  Kondo remains absolutely adorable and delightful, if a bit insane, and her advice had me rolling with laughter at times and taking inventory of my life at others.  Rather than the general principles of her first book, this one delves more into specifics, with illustrations for things like folding clothes the KonMarie way.  I'm not going to lie to you.  I laughed like a hyena during my initial read of this book and the way she teaches folding.  It seemed so intense.  And then I tried it?  And my closet looks like a clothing store.  It is the happiest feeling to open my drawers and see them looking like a showroom.

It doesn't hurt that two of my very best friends in all the world are finally coming to my house for the weekend later this month.  That's what motivated the home phase of the get it together kick.  They've never seen my house before and I want my home to be inviting and welcoming, not cluttered and messy.

I highly, highly recommend taking a look at these books if you're at all interested in getting organized and making organization a habit in your life.  Also, they are so much more fun to read than any other straightforward guide, because Kondo is so adorably insane.  In a fit of inspiration, I made a few bookmarks for myself to help me remember my motivation.  I'm attaching them here as a PDF and you can feel free to download them and print them off for yourselves!  Just don't steal them or sell them or say you made them or any of that rude stuff.

1 comment:

  1. I had the same reaction
    1) laughed and laughed
    2) tried the clothes sorting/folding
    3)LOVE the results
    Continuing through the book. Thanks for the reviews!
    Kim D