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TIDYING UP WITH MARIE KONDO: THE BOOK COLLECTION THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC JOURNAL THE LIFE-CHANGING MANGA OF TIDYING UP KIKI & JAX
More reads to spark joy on your bookshelf! A beautifully packaged box set of the books that inspired Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon. A gratitude journal to help you reflect on what sparked joy in your life today. A graphic novel that will teach you the KonMari Method. A picture book about the life-changing magic of friendship.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The star of the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up helps you visualize your ideal lifestyle.

Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to usingher acclaimed KonMari Method to create a joy-filled home that works the way you need it to.

Spark Joy features step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. Kondo also answers 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, digital photos, and even building your own personal “power spot” in your home, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

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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

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 TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe  Times of London,  VogueEllen, the  Rachael Ray show, and many more. She has also been listed as one of  Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

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Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order. That’s why I’ve devoted most of my life to the study of tidying. I want to help as many people as possible tidy up once and for all. 
This doesn’t mean, however, that you should just dump anything and everything. Far from it. Only when you know how to choose those things that spark joy can you attain your ideal lifestyle.
If you are confident that something brings you joy, keep it, regardless of what anyone else might say. Even if it isn’t perfect, no matter how mundane it might be, when you use it with care and respect, you transform it into something priceless. As you repeat this selection process, you increase your sensitivity to joy. This not only acceler-ates your tidying pace but also hones your decision-making

capacity in all areas of life. Taking good care of your things leads to taking good care of yourself.

What sparks joy for you personally? And what doesn’t?

The answers to these questions represent a major clue for getting to know yourself as a recipient of the gift of life. And I am convinced that the perspective we gain through this process represents the driving force that can make not only our lifestyle, but our very lives, shine.
Some people have told me that they had almost

nothing left after discarding those things that didn’t spark joy and, at first, didn’t know what to do. This reaction seems particularly common when people finish tidying their clothes. If it happens to you, don’t be discouraged. The important thing is that you have noticed. The real tragedy is to live your entire life without anything that brings you joy and never even realize it. From the moment you finish tidying, you can begin to add a new zest to your home and to your life. 

Only two skills are necessary to successfully put your house in order: the ability to keep what sparks joy and chuck the rest, and the ability to decide where to keep each thing you choose and always put it back in its place. 

The important thing in tidying is not deciding what to discard but rather what you want to keep in your life. It is my hope that the magic of tidying will help you create a bright and joyful future.

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M.S.
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Pleasant continuation from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2016
Mari Kondo''s first book covered her method pretty thoroughly, so I wasn''t sure whether this one would be worth the purchase. If you aren''t sure which to buy first, I would say the first book does a better job of explaining her attitude towards tidying and this book has... See more
Mari Kondo''s first book covered her method pretty thoroughly, so I wasn''t sure whether this one would be worth the purchase. If you aren''t sure which to buy first, I would say the first book does a better job of explaining her attitude towards tidying and this book has better practical advice.

In a nutshell, the konmari method involves getting rid of anything in your life that doesn''t spark joy. Starting with clothes, you go through each item and decide what stays or goes based on whether or not it sparks joy when you hold it. Joy is the only criterion: ''If it makes you happy, then the right choice is to keep it confidently, regardless of what anyone else says.''

The illustrations are charming, but there aren''t very many of them. The most helpful shows her famous folding method, which is something I didn''t understand simply from reading the first book. (Youtube videos helped.) This book has around 10 diagrams for folding dresses, shirts, odd-shaped clothes, camisoles, parkas, etc. Apart from the folding instructions, the other images are simply cute images of rabbits putting things away, a perfectly tidied closet, etc.

One of the criticisms of the first book is that it seems geared mostly towards people cleaning up their own mess, and that hasn''t changed. For example, the section on handling stuffed animals is talking about your own plushies, not your children''s. I wish there were more discussion of handling items belonging to family members and how to inspire them to tidy up too. Family is covered in one small section, and the main advice is simply to set a good example and accept others – easier said than done!

Overall this is a fun read but not substantially different from the first book. This book has more explanation of the original advice, but if you understood it the first time around, you may not need it. There is a lot of repetition between the two books. However, it''s an enjoyable read and may give you that last bit of motivation to tidy up once and for all. In addition to the extra folding help, it has more specific advice about handling certain types of items such as greeting cards, dishes, photos, etc.
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Fantastic guide to implementing the concepts discussed in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2016
I didn''t love Marie Kondo''s first book and wrote a three-star review for it. It was good, but not great, and not brilliantly inspired like it was made out to be in the press and in other reviews (in my opinion). But, there was enough that I liked about it that I thought her... See more
I didn''t love Marie Kondo''s first book and wrote a three-star review for it. It was good, but not great, and not brilliantly inspired like it was made out to be in the press and in other reviews (in my opinion). But, there was enough that I liked about it that I thought her second book would be worth a read.

I enjoyed this book much more. It''s a practical guide to implementing the concepts outlined in the first book. She walks through different areas of the home room by room, discussing how to pare down and organize each one. There''s no constant repetition in Spark Joy like in the first book, but there are still plenty of relevant anecdotes to illustrate her points. I also found the guidance to be a little more "mainstream" (e.g., "clear off your kitchen counters when you''re done cooking", vs. "empty out your purse every night and store the contents all over the house"), and it covers a much larger area of the house. In the first book, it felt like she was talking about living spaces that consisted of one room, whereas in Spark Joy, she covers an entire house that includes a kitchen, bathrooms, etc. She also discusses how to tidy spaces that include other occupants, like a spouse and children. One of the things I really like about this book is that she covers how to think about items that don''t spark joy but are necessary in most households (like a spatula or a flashlight).

I would recommend this book over the first one for sure, but I don''t know if it would make sense without the context provided by the first book. If you don''t want to read both, then it would be a good idea to at least look up the concepts covered in the first book and familiarize yourself with them before reading Spark Joy. Overall, this is one of the best decluttering books I have read, and its strength is in the practical application of the concept of only keeping things that spark joy.
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Great Addition
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2016
I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when it was released in late 2014. I found Marie Kondo''s book both useful and charming. I am a somewhat sloppy person. Neither am I a hoarder, however. I found Ms. Kondo''s advice useful in tidying up both my bedroom closets... See more
I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when it was released in late 2014. I found Marie Kondo''s book both useful and charming. I am a somewhat sloppy person. Neither am I a hoarder, however. I found Ms. Kondo''s advice useful in tidying up both my bedroom closets and kitchen. I was able to toss a number of clothing items which I had kept from a sense of guilt instead of joy. Similarly, I was able to let go of a number of kitchen appliances to which I had sentimental attachments but no use. Ms. Kondo''s childish suggestion to thank my things before letting go was oddly touching and helpful with regard to certain items. I photographed a number of items before releasing them to GoodWill; this gave me an opportunity to acknowledge the memories they generated without retaining the objects themselves (which included a 40 year old blender, some old and hole-ridden t-shirts, and a coffee press which I have not used in over ten years). Ms. Kondo touches on a few of these elements in the introduction of her book as well.

Ms. Kondo''s new book, Spark Joy, contains further instructions. For example, she provides detailed diagrams explaining how to fold certain clothing items. These are things I wish I would have had when I read the original book. I also enjoyed pictures of organized spaces. There is something attractive about the spartan simplicity of these arrangements, even if they are not for everyone. In the introduction Ms. Kondo highlights that it is good that this book has come later and serves the purpose for aiding those who are in mid-process, whereas those who are just starting may feel overwhelmed. I understand the rationale for not including as many diagrams in the first book, but, I do wish I had it when I was more invested in the process.

In the Kindle version of the book, which I got, the first 900 locations (single page showing) is mostly verbal and revisits many of the aspects from her first book. Following this information, there is a “encyclopedia” section that has a large number of diagrams that are very easy to follow; especially with multiple folding techniques for clothing. There are additional paragraphs about specific items, with some pictures, but then the diagrams become less frequent. The abridged information on each section is useful though, and as Ms. Kondo references in her introduction, one can simply turn to the specific area and see what information Ms. Kondo provides for that specific section.

There is also a very lovely section on working with others with regards to them being tidy. Ms. Kondo does a good job of helping an individual understand what they can do to help themselves, but still love others who may not have the same draw to being tidy. There is also, within this particular section, a conversation about working children into the process of learning how to fold, which will help them be tidy as well.

Must you accept every one of Ms. Kondo''s recommendations? I do not think so. For example, Ms. Kondo recommends eliminating extra books. But I am not about to whittle my book collection down to thirty volumes. I find myself going back to certain books again and again, or referring to something I had read years before. But I can still cull out certain books. Nor am I going to rid myself of my file cabinet and all its contents. But I do not need to maintain monthly copies of my cable and water bills, nor do I need to maintain handouts from old seminars. However, a year after reading her original book, I still find myself meditating while I fold clothes and tidy up my drawers, which is truly a bit of life-changing magic.

This particular book is a nice addition, giving further insight, reminders, and guidance on the process of creating joy while organizing.
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Senta, SF
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This book should be required reading
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2016
This little book changed how I view what and how much I own. Like everyone else under the sun, I have always fallen victim to holding on to things because "I might need it one day" - and that day has rarely ever come. I picked this gem up in January of 2016 (yes, I... See more
This little book changed how I view what and how much I own. Like everyone else under the sun, I have always fallen victim to holding on to things because "I might need it one day" - and that day has rarely ever come. I picked this gem up in January of 2016 (yes, I realize I am late to the game here) and started my own tidying revolution within the same week. It is an easy, enjoyable, and fast read (surprisingly, given the subject is all about cleaning and ridding oneself of excess clutter). But there is something more to this book: yes, the main point is to help people let go of their excess possessions and evaluate what they really want as opposed to what they think they "need." Kondo explores this difference of wanting/loving an object, and why it then merits you to keep it, as opposed to the perception of needing an object that you really don''t have much use for and forget all about its existence until you run into it again looking for something else. I also liked how she explains the importance of categorizing your possessions and de-cluttering by category and not by room. She starts you off with clothing: take it all out, put it on your bed, and pick-up each item and determine how it makes you feel. I did this with all of my clothing, etc. and ended up discarding several large trash bags of stuff that didn''t make me feel like the million bucks I need to feel like each day. And yes, feeling good about your appearance is important, no matter what any granola loving hippie might say otherwise - if you feel good about how you present yourself to the world, that feeling will translate onto the fabric of your day, each day - and Kondo does a good job of illustrating this concept through everyday examples you will likely relate to with much ease.

The themes presented in this book are very important, and if you are like me, you will find that its de-cluttering concepts will translate to other facets of your life and not just your home, i.e. finances and personal relationships.

If you chose to pick this up and give it a whirl, follow the steps and go about your exercise with the expectation that this process can and should take several months to really revolutionize how you think about your material possessions and how holding on to what doesn''t bring joy simply holds you back from the things that will make you truly happy.
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M.A. De Neve
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THE ART OF JOYFUL USING AND EVENTUALLY DISCARDING
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2017
I started reading this book as a reference book. I’d read about how to fold t-shirts and go to my t-shirt drawer to fold and organize. I’d read a little and work a little bit. It has taken me awhile, and there’s still lots to do. Marie Kondo’s methods work. She also... See more
I started reading this book as a reference book. I’d read about how to fold t-shirts and go to my t-shirt drawer to fold and organize. I’d read a little and work a little bit. It has taken me awhile, and there’s still lots to do. Marie Kondo’s methods work. She also explains how to decide what to keep and what to discard. That is often a difficult process.
I shall keep this book on my reference shelf. I shall return to it over and over. Especially helpful are the last chapters about why we buy, collect and save items. She writes about our relationships with the things we own. Before reading Marie Kondo’s books I never thought of my clothes, records and books as relationships.
More important she cautions us not to try and change family members. Many of us our happy being disorganized. Some like me are disorganized in some areas and better organized in others.
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CETop Contributor: Cooking
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love this book
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2016
This book is amazing. The first book is amazing. This book has a lot of information that her first did not, extra information. The first was the basics, some information was obvious but never put into practice (put your stuff away) and some was rewriting our misconceptions... See more
This book is amazing. The first book is amazing. This book has a lot of information that her first did not, extra information. The first was the basics, some information was obvious but never put into practice (put your stuff away) and some was rewriting our misconceptions about how to clean. This book really is the Master Class. In addition to talking about how to decorate/"finish" the space, she also talks about what to do with things you need that do not necessarily spark joy. In this book, she also addresses something she had previously said that she thinks now does not apply to everyone, and that is nice to know, especially if you are one of those people (I am not). She shows examples of how to store and talks about folding methods that she either did not mention or were not completely clear to me in the first book. I was folding pants wrong, and the crotches were getting wrinkles, and I did not know how to fold and store my socks, and she goes over that in this book, so that was helpful. It really seals the konmari deal I think. The second book helped me get to the click point. I was happy with how clean our house was after the first book, but was not necessarily "there" yet.

You do not have to buy this book, there is always the library, but I think it is definitely worth the read, highly recommend, and would buy as a gift for anyone who might be interested.

I heard that Kondo is planning on having a kid, and if so I really hope she makes a third book for konmariing with kids because I am super interested in that topic! I did read an article online talking about konmariing with kids, but would LOVE a detailed book.
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Sammi
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Awesome book, even for beginners
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2016
I have actually been annotating this as I read. I read her previous edition without the illustrations, and the illustrations are extremely helpful. She writes in a way that is open and honest and manages to be inspirational without being preachy. I am so excited to move... See more
I have actually been annotating this as I read. I read her previous edition without the illustrations, and the illustrations are extremely helpful. She writes in a way that is open and honest and manages to be inspirational without being preachy. I am so excited to move forward with her program--I''ve already gotten rid of SO much stuff!
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It''s worth it.
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2016
I loved the first book. This is a wonderful companion. She goes more into detail and explains her philosophy in depth. I went back and forth on whether I needed it or not, as some reviews said "just watch you tube videos". But actually, some of those videos don''t... See more
I loved the first book. This is a wonderful companion. She goes more into detail and explains her philosophy in depth. I went back and forth on whether I needed it or not, as some reviews said "just watch you tube videos". But actually, some of those videos don''t have the right folding methods! This book really explains those and I''ve found the deeper take on the konmari method to be very theraputic!
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stripeyunited
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Spark Joy - the secret behind the magic of tidying
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2017
As a fan of the first Marie Kondo book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, the most intriguing thing is the reference to folding. This book opens the drawer and the door on folding and organising your things. Spark Joy - the question you ask when you touch or hold your...See more
As a fan of the first Marie Kondo book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, the most intriguing thing is the reference to folding. This book opens the drawer and the door on folding and organising your things. Spark Joy - the question you ask when you touch or hold your possessions and determine whether you will keep them or not "Does this Spark Joy?" - and the rest flows from this. Once you have your lovely possessions: the ones that warm you with happy memories, or just make you feel good, or make you feel safe, or make you feel whatever it is that is important to you... you store them in a way which also gives pleasure. The folding of your clothes and storing as much as possible vertically means that are visible and accessible. Every clothing item gets a chance to be worn when it''s not hidden behind other things. Arranging clothing from dark to light, from long to short - patterns which delight the eye and soothe the mind. Adorning storage with things you love but can no longer wear. Using attractive storage rather than just any old thing. So far I have organised all my clothes, my bedding, and my kitchen cupboards and shelves. The folding still takes a bit of time, but it''s time well spent when I can grab something from the drawer or shelf and not have to rummage to find what I need. It also means that when it comes to holiday time, packing is brilliant - minimal effort to transfer items from bedroom to suitcase (I will also give a shout out to using packing cubes to ease the pain of packing - utterly brilliant). So, if you have been reading up in the KonMari method, and wanted to see what the end result could look like, this is the book for you.
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Ali P
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A book to change your life!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 6, 2017
This book has turned my life around! Be prepared to sort out your stuff!! I gave over half my house to charity and felt so good about it. Marie Kondo is sensational and this book will help you let go of the things in your life that you don''t need (although I was a little...See more
This book has turned my life around! Be prepared to sort out your stuff!! I gave over half my house to charity and felt so good about it. Marie Kondo is sensational and this book will help you let go of the things in your life that you don''t need (although I was a little surprised to read that one of her clients decluttered so much, she realised she didn''t love her husband and got rid of him!!!!)
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Amazing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2019
Only 3 weeks in and already feeling the difference this is making to my life , I''m only doing it at weekend as I work full time but I''m plugging away and have got rid of so much stuff that I have kept and walked past everyday ~ why ? Looking forward to finishing ,housework...See more
Only 3 weeks in and already feeling the difference this is making to my life , I''m only doing it at weekend as I work full time but I''m plugging away and have got rid of so much stuff that I have kept and walked past everyday ~ why ? Looking forward to finishing ,housework becoming easier ,decorating ,enjoying and loving my home , I wished I had found this method years ago
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A mindful way to appreciate your home and belongings
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2016
I loved the cover and handy bookmark, and sweet illustrations. The author is clearly passionate about her subject. Working through her book enables you to reconnect with your home and belongings. Whilst some ideas didn''t work for me (I prefer to hang all my tops as I don''t...See more
I loved the cover and handy bookmark, and sweet illustrations. The author is clearly passionate about her subject. Working through her book enables you to reconnect with your home and belongings. Whilst some ideas didn''t work for me (I prefer to hang all my tops as I don''t have time to iron a top every morning), my lingerie drawers were a delightful success. What sounds simple actually works on a deeper level. I found myself looking at our home, belongings, wardrobes and drawers and wanting to make everything look more beautiful. I also got rid of another bag of items that have never filled me with joy. If you have been on autopilot and out of touch with the sacredness of your home and things, or have forgotten to be appreciative of them, then this is the book for you.
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The thrill of tidying up
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I thought that I didn''t need to read Marie Kondo''s first book. Then I thought I didn''t need to read her second. How wrong I was. She''s not to everyone''s taste, but if tidying gives you a sense of control in a world full of chaos, then I can''t recommend these books highly...See more
I thought that I didn''t need to read Marie Kondo''s first book. Then I thought I didn''t need to read her second. How wrong I was. She''s not to everyone''s taste, but if tidying gives you a sense of control in a world full of chaos, then I can''t recommend these books highly enough.
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TIDYING UP WITH MARIE KONDO: THE BOOK COLLECTION THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC JOURNAL THE LIFE-CHANGING MANGA OF TIDYING UP KIKI & JAX
More reads to spark joy on your bookshelf! A beautifully packaged box set of the books that inspired Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon. A gratitude journal to help you reflect on what sparked joy in your life today. A graphic novel that will teach you the KonMari Method. A picture book about the life-changing magic of friendship.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The star of the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up helps you visualize your ideal lifestyle.

Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to usingher acclaimed KonMari Method to create a joy-filled home that works the way you need it to.

Spark Joy features step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. Kondo also answers 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, digital photos, and even building your own personal “power spot” in your home, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

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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

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 TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe  Times of London,  VogueEllen, the  Rachael Ray show, and many more. She has also been listed as one of  Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

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Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order. That’s why I’ve devoted most of my life to the study of tidying. I want to help as many people as possible tidy up once and for all. 
This doesn’t mean, however, that you should just dump anything and everything. Far from it. Only when you know how to choose those things that spark joy can you attain your ideal lifestyle.
If you are confident that something brings you joy, keep it, regardless of what anyone else might say. Even if it isn’t perfect, no matter how mundane it might be, when you use it with care and respect, you transform it into something priceless. As you repeat this selection process, you increase your sensitivity to joy. This not only acceler-ates your tidying pace but also hones your decision-making

capacity in all areas of life. Taking good care of your things leads to taking good care of yourself.

What sparks joy for you personally? And what doesn’t?

The answers to these questions represent a major clue for getting to know yourself as a recipient of the gift of life. And I am convinced that the perspective we gain through this process represents the driving force that can make not only our lifestyle, but our very lives, shine.
Some people have told me that they had almost

nothing left after discarding those things that didn’t spark joy and, at first, didn’t know what to do. This reaction seems particularly common when people finish tidying their clothes. If it happens to you, don’t be discouraged. The important thing is that you have noticed. The real tragedy is to live your entire life without anything that brings you joy and never even realize it. From the moment you finish tidying, you can begin to add a new zest to your home and to your life. 

Only two skills are necessary to successfully put your house in order: the ability to keep what sparks joy and chuck the rest, and the ability to decide where to keep each thing you choose and always put it back in its place. 

The important thing in tidying is not deciding what to discard but rather what you want to keep in your life. It is my hope that the magic of tidying will help you create a bright and joyful future.

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