It’s hard for me to get rid of things. I’ll save something with the thought that it might be useful someday. Although I’m grateful to have everything I need, sometimes the extra stuff and clutter gets to be overwhelming. I’ve heard good things about the KonMari method and hoped reading Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy would help.
I had previously skimmed through The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but I found it to be too wordy. I hoped Spark Joy would be more concise. I still think this book has a few too many useless stories, but at least it is layed out well. It starts by explaining the six basic rules of tidying and then goes on to talking about joy. The idea is that you only keep things that bring you joy.
As I read it I though, “Okay. That makes sense. I can do this. I’ll get rid of this…and this…and this…” but when it came down to it it just wasn’t that simple. I didn’t get rid of as much as I hoped, but it was a start. And for me even a little start is a pretty big thing. I do find myself being less tempted when I’m out shopping. Will it bring me joy? Do I have somewhere to put it or will it just become a piece of overwhelming clutter? At least now I’m trying not to add fuel to the fire.
I’m taking the parts of the book that work for me and ignoring the rest. I actually went through my craft stuff and got rid of more than I expected. It barely made a dent and realistically most of it was just junk. The rest of my craft stuff I’m not touching. I create when inspiration strikes. I don’t like running to the store in the middle of a project so I like to keep all kinds of supplies on hand. I don’t feel like making the KonMari method works for my craft supplies and I’m okay with that.
I found the section of the book on tidying to be the most helpful. I thrive when things look neat and organized so I’m slowly working on organizing what I do have. The illustrations are helpful and super cute!
I’m a paper hoarder and it drives my husband nuts. Who has obscure receipts and manuals from things they don’t even own anymore? This girl! Yeah…it’s pretty bad. At least this book can guide me through it so I can get a handle on all my paper clutter. That will be a huge step in the right direction.
Do I feel like the KonMari method is the most magical thing to happen to my home? Eh…not so much. But I’m glad I got a chance to read Spark Joy and take the pieces that work for me and fit them into my life.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.