After reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I knew I wanted to read Marie Kondo’s second book: Spark Joy. Although you really should read her first book before diving in to this one for full understanding, you could read this one for organizational inspiration. Marie goes into depth about her “KonMari” process of organizing your home. This concept is based on the idea of piling all the items of a certain category in one big pile, touching each item, and deciding whether the item “sparks joy”. You should discard the items that do not “spark joy”, therefore making your home a haven by having only things that bring joy to you.
This idea has been around for many years, as reflected in the quote by William Morris in 1880: If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
So, while this idea is not a new idea, the recent addition of Ms. Kondo’s books have started a world-wide revolution of the concept…and in my opinion, that is not a bad thing, but a very needed idea in this consumer-crazed society!