From the Bookshelf. “Spark Joy. An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying.” by Marie Kondo.
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Marie Kondo is a Japanese expert, who made her passion for cleaning and tidying into a profession, getting recognition and achieving an international success. She created her KonMari method, where the only criterium of keeping material possessions is an emotional reaction towards them. If it “sparks joy”, brings happiness and warm thoughts, it is a keeper. If it doesn’t, it is an excess that should be tossed without sentiments.
When I read her first book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying”, I felt like going through my possessions at once and “downsizing”, feeling as if their amount was weighting on me. Since that day much has been gave away, sold or simply discarded, but there is always room for improvement. Reading her second book, I felt like reorganising and simplifying, and yes, tossing some more. I haven’t done the total KonMari clearance, this I admit, but I am getting there, this day will come.
“Spark Joy” could be called a comprehensive tidying handbook, which gives numerous practical advices on how to do things, if not for more philosophical aspect brought up by the author. In her theory things are not merely material, they also hold certain energy that can affect the owner and the household. The key message is following, if you surround yourself with beautiful things that you really cherish, you bring joy into your life, and if you keep them in the right order and give each and every a designated space, you create harmony. Joyous and harmonious home is perhaps something that most aspire for, so why not support it with some practical know-how on how to fold, store, arrange, pack, select…?