Spark Joy (Marie Kondō)

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, the follow-up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, delves further into suggestions for how to implement what the first book outlines. By demonstrating how the relationship with material goods is one of mutual support, Kondō (aka KonMari) asserts that our relationship with our belongings is both informed by and is a reflection of our relationships with ourselves, the world at large, and with ourselves.

KonMari, in conclusion, references the Japanese view that gods are in each grain of rice, that all material goods be treated with reverence because they are all imbued with spirit. She discusses the three aspects of spirit with regard to physical belongings:  the spirit of the materials making up the item, the spirit of the maker, and the spirit of the user.  Coming into harmony with our belongings, thanking them, keeping only items that spark joy, will create and reinforce a joyful life.

“Put your house in order, put your life in order, and see what comes next.”


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