SPARK JOY WHILE TIDYING UP
Spark Joy written by Marie Kondo, details how to tidy up and organize your house, and consequently your life. The essence of the book is spark joy while tidying up. In other words, if the item does not make you happy, then discard it. I decided to read this book because it was on the Current Best Seller’s section at Barnes and Nobles. Also after hearing some good things about the book, I wanted to read it for myself.
SPARK JOY SYNOPSIS
Spark Joy gives step-by-step instructions on how to tidy up and organize your house. The author affirms that if you go through each of these steps, you will never have clutter again. Once your house is cleaned and clutter free, you will want to keep it that way.
When it comes time to separate your belongings into piles that spark joy while tidying up, and one of the discarded items. Each item is picked up, and then you decide whether it makes you happy. If it does, you will keep it, and if it doesn’t, you will get rid of it.
“When you have finished cleaning up once and for all, you will never again relapse into clutter. You also will have clearly identified your values and what you want to do.” (p. 5)
Tidying up happens before cleaning since it is easier to do when you have less stuff. Doing the steps in order is important. After getting rid of everything that you either don’t want or don’t need, only things that give you joy will remain. You will see them in your house and want to take good care of those precious items.
“The focus was not on ease of use, but on ease of cleaning. Once I realized this, I stopped trying to store things so that they would be easy to reach, and instead concentrated on storing everything, even dish soap and seasonings, in the cupboards.” (p. 291)
It makes it so much simpler to clean when things are put away as opposed to sitting on kitchen counters. Place items in cupboards, even if you use them every day, to keep the kitchen free of clutter. Consequently, when you clean, you don’t have to move things around to wipe the counters.
Folding your clothes the right way is an essential part of organizing the dresser drawers and preventing wrinkles. The author illustrates how to fold each piece of clothing, even underwear and socks. It saves space in the drawer and helps you find items quickly. Illustrations in the book clearly show how to fold a variety of clothing, so there is no confusion.
This book is perfect for individuals who have a cluttered house and feel overwhelmed. The instructions are very easy to follow. Since it is a step-by-step process, read a section then take action before reading further.
I do agree that once you tidy up and organize everything that you will never go back to a messy house. It becomes so easy to keep your house clean. As soon as I read the section in the book about organizing the kitchen, I immediately reacted by going to my kitchen and taking as many things off of my counters as possible and placing the items in cupboards. I kept things out because I used them every day, but it is just as easy to open up a cabinet to retrieve the item, use it, and put it back in its place. Clear counter space is a lot more enjoyable to see.
Some advice I thought was helpful, and I implemented. Other sections, however, I skimmed through. For instance, I don’t fold my clothes as she instructs. In fact, most of my clothes are hung up in my closet. I started doing that since I had enough closet space to hang most of my clothes up, both winter and summer. That works perfectly for me.