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Spark Joy : An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 291 pages
  • 135 x 180 x 25mm | 272g
  • TEN SPEED PRESS
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 1607749726
  • 9781607749721
  • 1,958

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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 Timesshow more

About Marie Kondo

MARIE KONDO is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (also a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK) and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015. She is the founder of the KonMari Method.show more

Table of contents

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  285show more

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