Spark Joy
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Preface xi
Introduction: The KonMari Method 1
The six basic rules of tidying 3
Part I | KonMari master tips

1
Honing your sensitivity to joy 13
Tidying is the act of confronting yourself; cleaning is the act of confronting nature 13
If you don't know what brings you joy, start with things close to your heart 16
"It might come in handy" is taboo 19
For essential things that don't bring joy, look at what
they do for you 21
Save your cosplay for indoors 24
Don't confuse temporary clutter with rebound 26
When you feel like quitting 29
The clutter-photo shock treatment 31
No matter how cluttered it looks, don't pause, don't stop, don't quit 33
If you're terrible at tidying, you'll experience the most dramatic change 36

2
How to fill your home with joy 39
Imagine your perfect lifestyle from a single photograph 39
Keep items in the gray zone with confidence 41
A joy-filled home is like your own personal
art museum 45
Add color to your life 47
How to make the most of "useless" things that
still spark joy 49
Make your own personal power spot 54

3
Everything you need to know
about storing joyfully 57
During the tidying process, storage is temporary 57
Store by material 60
Pack drawers like a Japanese bento box 62
The four principles of storage 65
Fold clothes like origami 67
Everything you need to know about the
KonMari folding method 69
Plan storage with the idea of getting rid of furniture
used for storing 73
Ideal storage weaves a rainbow in your home 75
Part II | The tidying encyclopedia

4
Tidying clothes 81
Tops 82
Bottoms 92
Dresses and skirts 94
Clothes that hang 96
Socks and stockings 98
Underwear 100
A clothes closet that sparks joy 107
Bags 115
Clothing accessories 115
Shoes 120
Tips for packing a suitcase 122

5
Tidying books 125
Advice for those who think they can't part
with books 125
Series 127
Magazines and coffee-table books 128
Storing books attractively 129

6
Tidying papers 131
The basic rule for papers: Discard everything 131
Make a pending box 132
Course materials 133
Credit card statements 134
Warranties 134
Manuals 135
Greeting cards 136
Clippings 136
Assign a day to attend to pending items 137

7
Tidying komono 139
CDs and DVDs 141
Stationery supplies 142
Electrical komono 145
Skincare products and cosmetics 147
Relaxation goods 153
Medicines 154
Valuables 154
Sewing kits 158
Tools 158
Hobby komono 159
Collectibles 160
Things you kept "just because" 161
Linen and bedding 161
Towels 162
Stuffed toys 163
Recreational items 166
Seasonal items 166
Emergency supplies 167
Rain gear 167
Kitchen komono 168
Cleaning supplies 208
Laundry supplies 208
Bathroom komono 209


8
Tidying sentimental items 221
Tidying sentimental items means putting
the past in order 221
Putting school memories in order 223
Putting memories of past lovers in order 223
Sentimental recordings 224
Your children's creations 225
Life records 226
Letters 226
Tidying your photos as the final step in your campaign 227
Part III | Life-changing magic

9
A home that sparks joy 237
An entranceway that sparks joy 237
A living room that sparks joy 239
A kitchen that sparks joy 240
An office that sparks joy 241
A bedroom that sparks joy 242
A bathroom that sparks joy 243

10
The changes that come
when you're done 245
Tidy up and put your love life in order 249
Tidying brings relationships into focus 251
If your family's stuff bothers you, be like the sun 253
Don't force people to tidy if they don't want to 257
Teach your children how to fold 260
Even if you fail, don't worry-your house won't
blow up 262
Things that spark joy soak up precious memories 266


Epilogue 271
Afterword: Preparing for the next stage of your life 275
Acknowledgments 281
About the author 283
Index 285

About the Author

Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, star of the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.

Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her tidying consultant business as a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying expert helping people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration.

Marie has been featured on more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, Vogue, Ellen, the Rachael Ray show, and many more. She has also been listed as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.

Reviews

New York Times Best Seller

". . . the organization expert who dazzled the world with her Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is back with more spirit-rousing advice."
-- People

"Just in time to make good on your New Year's vow to get organized."
-- The Washington Post

". . .perhaps the world's only decluttering celebrity."
-- The New York Times

"If the first book was merely an introduction to Kondo's radical philosophy, known as the KonMari method, the new one goes deep into the details . . . the result is inescapable: a home, and a vision of life, that truly sparks joy."
-- ArchitecturalDigest.com

"If you wanted more from her first book, this is what you've been waiting for."
-- MindBodyGreen

"In her new organizational how-to book, Kondo's mission is to help us identify what brings joy while simultaneously cultivating more of it."
-- Los Angeles Times

"I'm an evangelist for Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizational guru whose unique tidying techniques have become a worldwide sensation. I've read both of her books and completed the full decluttering/reorganizing program in six months. In the last year, it has been my favorite thing to bring up to my friends, co-workers, heck, even distant cousins. I am obsessed, because it really has transformed my living space and shattered many of my bad habits related to tidying."
-- PopSugar

"Kondo's way of anthropomorphizing belongings and paying them the respect of taking them out of the closet for a proper dismissal makes a big difference. . . . consider me a Konvert."
-- Chloe Malle, Vogue.com

"From the perfect underwear drawer, to how to store socks, Marie Kondo is helping the world to properly (and lovingly) store their most beloved possessions, one fold at a time."
-- Bustle

Praise for Marie Kondo and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:

"Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic."
-- The New York Times

". . . a literal how-to-heave-ho, and I recommend it for anyone who struggles with the material excess of living in a privileged society. (Thanks to Ms. Kondo, I kiss my old socks goodbye.) ... To show you how serious my respect for Ms. Kondo is: if I ever get a tattoo, it will say, Spark Joy!"
-- Jamie Lee Curtis, TIME

"This book is a cult. A totally reasonable, scary cult that works, doesn't kill people (a bonus), but does drastically change your life. In this case - for the better."
-- Buzzfeed

"The most organized woman in the world."
-- PureWow

". . . her voice . . . is by turns stern and enchanted, like a fairy godmother for socks."
-- The Wall Street Journal

"Reading it, you glimpse a glittering mental freedom from the unread/uncrafted/unworn, buyer's remorse, the nervous eyeing of real estate listings. Life's overwhelm, conquered."
-- The Atlantic

"I can only describe the way I felt afterward as an organizational high. I had a sense of being more in control of my life than I ever had before, which inspired me to maintain the order in the months that followed. Not bad for a Sunday afternoon."
-- In Style


"All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world . . . one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life."
-- Good Housekeeping
(UK)


"Kondo's method really can change your life - if you let it."
-- TODAY.com

"Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?"
-- USA Today

"Its strength is its simplicity."
-- The London Times

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