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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up | Marie Kondo
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Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo s "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up"has revolutionized homes and lives across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings ofperfectly organized drawers and closets.She also provides advice on frequentlyasked questions, such as whether to keep necessary items that may not bringyou joy. With guidance on specificcategories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, anddigital photos, this comprehensivecompanion is sure to spark joy inanyone who wants to simplify their life."
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I‘ve had that cat! 😂 Luckily, my current ones aren‘t too bad.

#humor #litsyhumor #cats #catsoflitsy

AmyRebecca Funny! 5d
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JulietBooks
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Wasting?

Beatlefan129 😱Clearly the joy of reading has been missed here! 3w
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JulietBooks
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Here we go...

Karisa That's as far as I could go in the process. 🤣 3w
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JulietBooks
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We need to put an end to this cruelty! 🙀
I can't tell if Marie Kondo is joking or being serious.
Still, this is pretty funny.

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JulietBooks
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LOL 😂

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toastykitten
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This is like an in-depth guide to the Marie Kondo method of tidying up with illustrations on how to fold. Great suggestions. Don't know if I'm ever going to put them to work.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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🤣🤣🤣

Graywacke 🤣🤣 3mo
wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 3mo
julesG 😂😂😂 3mo
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LibrarianRyan 😂 😅 😂 😅 😂 😅 3mo
BookNAround That‘s awesome! 3mo
annahenke 😂😲🙄 3mo
stephothebesto 😂😂😂 3mo
Birdsong28 😂😂😂📚📖 3mo
Powered_By_Plants 😂😂 very true 2mo
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Exia
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Love the size of this book. I might even say it sparks joy...

JulietBooks Totally. 4w
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KatieDid927
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My accumulative #bookhaul for May from Book Barn, B&N, Amazon, @strandbookstore , BotM, #ctlitsymeetup, etc. I may have a problem. Reorganizing efforts start this evening!

Avanders So fun 🤗🤗 4mo
TheLibrarian I gave up on organizing. My books are stacked everywhere in my library because there is zero shelf space. 4mo
KatieDid927 @TheLibrarian Also a valid lifestyle choice! I‘m at least going to make an attempt. I‘m sure there will still be random stacks when I‘m done haha. 4mo
TheLibrarian @KatieDid927 Good luck and have fun! 4mo
KatieDid927 @TheLibrarian Thanks! 🤗 4mo
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Dietz123
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This is the second book, and they should be read in order. This book makes a lot of clarifications on the first book, including folding illustrations and a few more tips. Both books are excellent.

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Emilymdxn
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I got this on a whim but wound up really enjoying it! I find this calm and methodical writing very soothing when my anxiety is putting me on edge a little. Listening to this while I sorted my laundry made me feel very at peace, which is probably just the desired effect! I live in a small single room rn, but have plans to move out this year and I‘m already working on my daydreams and plans for how to make my first flat a wonderful place to live.

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alysonwrites
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”The energy of book titles and the words inside them are very powerful. In Japan, we say that ‘words make our reality.‘ The words we see and with which we come into contact tend to bring about events of the same nature. In that sense, you will become the person who matches the books you have kept.” Came across this advice while waiting for my new bookshelves at the Container Store. Never thought about this, but there might be some truth to it. 🤔

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elizabethlk
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Just as good as the first book! Really loving these Marie Kondo books and I genuinely recommend them to anyone who wants a tidy space. I keep bringing up KonMari irl like a complete weirdo and I don't even care. I really liked the illustrations in this one, which helped me to actually understand what she meant in descriptions of folding.

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hissingpotatoes
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3.5/5⭐ This book includes some great tips, and I loved the little illustrations. Kondo's anecdotes really make her strategies shine. I did think it was slightly repetitive, both internally and with her first book.

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That's right!

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jpmcwisemorgan
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When the Netflix show was released it set off a lot of heated discussion of Marie Kondo‘s method of tidying up - and it seems to have been misconstrued. By that I mean she doesn‘t say to get rid of all of your books, or to even keep 30 (that‘s what SHE finds to be the best for HER). The worst offenders of nastiness appear to have been readers and I‘m disappointed in how we chose to behave. Also, now I have to read the books to get the real story.

Suet624 People are so judgey these days. They often don‘t even do the research to find out what was said. (edited) 7mo
GlassAsDiamonds Drives me insane that somehow it‘s become okay to have a (violent, ardent and almost spiteful) opinion on something they‘ve *never* read 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ It‘s not even what she says in the Tv series! I‘ve got to say that the show was brilliant background while getting ready to move!!! 😂😂😂😂😂 7mo
jpmcwisemorgan @Suet624 @GlassAsDiamonds I get it because I think most of us have responded to something similarly and, honestly, I can be a bit “you‘ll pry my books from my cold, dead hands” but mostly that‘s joking. When people who had watched the show in full and/or read the books there was a much deeper discussion and that really highlighted how horrible some people were being. 7mo
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jpmcwisemorgan @GlassAsDiamonds She actually days to tidy your current home because it shows you‘re capable of taking care of your things and it will bring you the new home that you want/need. 7mo
GlassAsDiamonds @jpmcwisemorgan which I LOVE as a schema (I also love that old William Morris line of “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”). I think what annoyed most was people reacting without knowing what she actually said, especially some of the journalists for larger newspapers. I understand (but it annoys me) the internet going off half cocked but I hoped for better? 7mo
jpmcwisemorgan @GlassAsDiamonds Some of the memes were funny but when I saw some of the discussion I thought, really, could you maybe watch the show or read the book - you‘re a reader for goodness sake. Now I want to get rid of everything that doesn‘t spark joy, including relationships. 7mo
GlassAsDiamonds @jpmcwisemorgan me too (on both counts!! 😂😂😂😂). I‘m trying to throttle off a little because moving makes me stressed and I‘m close to the “burn it all” stage but I did all my clothes and it felt *fantastic*!!!! 7mo
jpmcwisemorgan @GlassAsDiamonds Sometimes I just want to chuck out all my things but then I realize I have no money to replace them. 7mo
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emilyhaldi
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I've recently surprised myself by getting hooked on Marie Kondo's Netflix series. My husband documented the situation last week on Instagram and I just had to share 😆😉

Reagan-reads That‘s the best! 7mo
CareBear Hahahahaha! 🤣 7mo
CoffeeNBooks That's great! 😂🤣 7mo
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AmyG Ha! 7mo
Billypar I love it! Your husband should try to make this go viral- then we can see how long it takes for someone to post on Litsy without having seen the original post 😸 7mo
Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣🤪 7mo
batsy 😂😂 7mo
LeslieO 😃 She has some good ideas, just not about books. They all spark joy! 7mo
JacqMac 😂 7mo
LeahBergen 😆😆😆 7mo
youneverarrived 😂😂 7mo
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂😂 7mo
Reviewsbylola He‘s ridiculous. 😆 7mo
Cinfhen Hahahaha 7mo
Cinfhen I think my Niki and your hubs are kindred spirits 😂😂😂😂 7mo
Suet624 Hahaha 6mo
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danibel
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“Spark Joy” sparks joy!! (Currently reading)

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LibrarianJen
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Well I guess I could go the Marie Kondo route and purge some of my cookbooks. These 4 I don‘t think I‘ve even opened in probably 10 years. 🤔

Annl I think that way also and also have cookbooks I have not used in years, but my books do not cause me any stress! 7mo
LibrarianJen @Annl true, they don‘t give me stress either. Although, by getting rid of the unused ones I‘ll have space for new ones 😁 7mo
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😂😂😂😂😂

Liatrek Lol 🤣🤣 7mo
BiblioLitten So true! 😂 7mo
Ddzmini Yes when I was packing my books I tried to let some go but they all just wanted to stay with me 👀😳😛📚🤣🤣🤣👌🏽🙃🙂 7mo
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Kappadeemom
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BethM And my books. 8mo
Kappadeemom Yes!! That was assumed 😂 @BethM 8mo
Wife I think I‘m past help and the Kon Mari method would be less effective than the Bulldozer method. 😐 8mo
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laurenslibrary Me too 😂😂 8mo
Texreader Ha true 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl Oh wow! 😂😂😂😂😂 8mo
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Went clothes "shopping" at my aunt-in-law's yesterday. She is clearing out her closets and gave me a box of clothes to take away. I was able to keep between 85 and 90% of it -- a few things were too big or not really my style. Now to do a bit of #AudioIroning!

Mrsann2000 Love this!! 8mo
rabbitprincess @Mrsann2000 I feel super energized and productive today! 😄👍🏼 8mo
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Kappadeemom
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I had to laugh...#Ihaveakooziedrawer

ItsAngel I have a kookier drawer too! 😂😂 8mo
JoScho 😂😂😂😂 every southern home has a Koozie drawer! 8mo
Well-ReadNeck So true!!! 8mo
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CouronneDhiver What‘s a koozie? lol 8mo
teebe I‘ve seen Koozies in stores here in Canada so many times but have never once seen someone use one 😂 8mo
cathysaid 😂😂😂😂 A person hasn‘t been to a truly southern wedding unless they own a wedding koozie 🍺 8mo
Kappadeemom @CouronneDhiver lol..it‘s usually a soft huggie thing that you put your can or bottle in so the drink stays cold. It‘s hotter than two hells down here so you need them especially by the pool/beach 8mo
Kappadeemom @JoScho and at least one is monogrammed! @cathysaid 8mo
CouronneDhiver Oh! I got one in a swap from @AmberWB and I use it often because of my circulation disease... my hands are, basically, allergic to cold. 😂 I just didn‘t recognize that word/spelling 🤦🏽‍♀️ 8mo
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I have been hearing alot about #mariekondo lately. Last weekend I decided to check out her show. I watched a few episodes. Pretty entertaining. I don‘t see how she wants to limit the amount of books though. Just the act of seeing a full bookshelf sparks joy in me 😄

rwmg Apparently she's been misquoted 8mo
julesG @rwmg Yep! 8mo
Naj @rwmg @julesG Even I think people overreacted. I don't think she was telling people to get rid of all their books. Just pass on the ones you no longer want to read or didn't like. Don't people do that already? 8mo
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Nessavamusic Yes it seems the internet is deliberately misunderstanding her philosophy. Because the internet...🧐 8mo
tournevis To be fair, if you're living in a shoebox appartment in Tokyo, 30 books might be all you have space for. None of us live in a shoebox in Tokyo. 8mo
mcctrish In her book, she talks about initially getting her books down to 100 but not being happy with that. The ones she had left didn‘t spark joy, but sparked something. So she tried a few different ways to ‘keep‘ the books: writing down passages, copying pages and then just ripping pages out and filing them. Destroying the book for anyone else. That‘s when I lost my mind. Shoebox in Tokyo or not. 8mo
Blaire I think what‘s missed in most of the conversations is that her method is completely personal. She is happy with 30 books but she is not telling anyone else what to do. She says I‘m her book that the amount of stuff you get rid of or keep is based on what sparks joy for you. It is just actually looking at each book and making a considered decision about whether to keep it. 8mo
Moniel @ReadingOver50 Love that! #hilarious 😆 8mo
Oracle She perhaps just doesn't love books as much as all of us. I 8mo
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GirlNamedJesse That is definitely what I look like when I‘m weeding the library. 😈 8mo
Susanita Yeah I‘ll decide how many of my books to keep using my own criteria tyvm 8mo
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Say what now?!

4thhouseontheleft 😂😂😂 8mo
RadicalReader @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m normally deciding between thirty books when I‘m at the library 8mo
Puredragonstar Um 🤭🤫🤯👎🏻🖐🏻 no, thank you... ”mumbles to self: 30 books indeed.” 8mo
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Leftcoastzen Wrong , just wrong.😂 8mo
Leftcoastzen Like ,30 books a day?Or what?🤔 8mo
MyNamesParadise 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 8mo
Laura317 Surely she means in each stack. 8mo
Megabooks Like 30 books on one shelf? 😝🤣🤣🤣 8mo
JacqMac The thought of that scared away my joy. Lol 8mo
TheReadingMermaid Yes of course 30 books on each subject right? Totally got that down! 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
Marilyncjackson My friend told me that this is the right way to live. I told her that‘s one reason why we are friends and not married lol. 8mo
eanderson More like 30 x 10! 😂 8mo
Crazeedi JUST. NO. 8mo
MichelleScott_author I ❤️ Marie! But I actually hoard books...on my Kindle. 1k and counting. 8mo
Craftylikefox 😂😂 8mo
Monique I enjoy Marie Kondo‘s book and Netflix show. I think she‘s very good at what she does and has a lovely way of bringing her ideas across. But she‘s also not a reader or a bibliophile. So I guess I‘d read this as her idea of how many books works for her. And that‘s okay. Me? I‘m at my happiest when surrounded by them 😁 8mo
Wife I guess books 📚 don‘t spark ⚡️ joy for Marie Kondo 🤔 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @MichelleScott_author, that‘s impressive! I‘ve got a bit over 600 on my kindle but I do enjoy having an abundance of physical books around too 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @RadicalReader, ikr! I have so many books on reserve 😂 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Puredragonstar, that‘s way too small a number! We‘d read through our collection in no time! 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Leftcoastzen, 30 books per room? 🤔 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Laura317 @Megabooks - 30 books a stack/shelf seem like reasonable options 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @JacqMac, 🤪 it‘s a daunting prospect 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @TheReadingMermaid, on each subject? Brb, got to go buy some books 😂 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Marilyncjackson, yeah! I love having a bookshelf! It stops my apartment from being a boring, sterile place 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Monique @Wife - absolutely. It‘s also just a suggestion! 8mo
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Mitch
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I‘ve been watching the Marie Kondo show on Netflix (& the interesting response to her methods showing up online) and although I‘m with you all on her strange approach to books - it does makes complexing viewing. This is one of the books on my shelves that ‘sparks joy‘!

rubyslippersreads That cover definitely sparks joy! 😄 8mo
DivineDiana I can see why! 😀 8mo
tracey38 I find the memes online about the books funny. But have since heard that she originally wrote about it for the small homes in Japan. 8mo
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Itchyfeetreader Love the plants in the background of your photo 8mo
DGRachel Love that cover! 8mo
Mitch @DGRachel it‘s amazing isn‘t it! I found it in a second hand shop about 5 miles from Loch Ness! 8mo
Mitch @Itchyfeetreader thank you.... that one has got a will of its own! Not quite sure it‘s meant to be like that! 🤣 8mo
quirkyreader That is a perfect #paperbacksfromhell cover 8mo
MaleficentBookDragon I need that book! 8mo
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Success depends 90 percent on your mind-set. I know that no matter how much knowledge you may gather, if you don‘t change your way of thinking, you‘ll rebound.

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TheFunkyBookworm
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Totally jumped on the “Tidying Up” bandwagon on Netflix and it actually inspired me to clean out my closet! Wondering if either of these books will give me the motivation to move on to the rest of the house?
#anewchapter #motivation
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

AmyG My daughter loves the show on Netflix. She says the woman is very calming. 8mo
TheFunkyBookworm @hermyknee did it inspire you to declutter?? 8mo
hermyknee It did! And I liked it better than the actual books which I tried to read two or so years ago 8mo
vkois88 My mom has been watching that... I haven't had a chance yet. My tv time usually involves something for toddlers 😂😂 and when she's asleep, I use that time for quiet reading or crafting 8mo
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dariazeoli
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What about the books I‘ve acquired and not read yet? What person does that make me? 🤔

rubyslippersreads I think it makes us all Littens. 😊 9mo
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Yelena
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l love this book

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wingedsnails
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Probably only reading this because I read the first one, but maybe I feel like I need to organize my stuff better too.

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writerlibrarian
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Summer book clean up. When my glass case is over flowing looks like a permanent 🌪, when there are piles of books on the floor next to the really nice decorative boxes instead of in them : it's time to weed the overflow and make a deposit to the free little library. Also I finally put up the Paris Opera sign I found last May in a garage sale. #weedingisfun

DivineDiana Love the boxes! And your ability to downsize and organize! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Day 10 #coolbooks #joy
I may not agree with everything she recommends but I do concur a clean home means a clean mind. I have used the method on my clothes, and it certainly help me keep tidy. 👌

Linsy I read her first book, and while I didn‘t implement everything she suggested, it did inspire me to declutter! 1y
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LauraJ 😆 2y
sprainedbrain 😂😂 2y
LeahBergen Yes! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Ddzmini But reading only brings me joy 😝📖 2y
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Eggs
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#2 probably Irish Cream and books
#3 Baileys
#4 decorative Eggs of course
#5 Bring the torch Jeanette Isabella

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espressodream
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When its hot as hell outside, but am trying to channel some autumn feels here 🍂🍁🎃 Am really loving my bookmark...I feel like getting more of em 😅

Am reading Kondo Marie's Spark Joy to help me with some organization issues as I pack up my apartment 😆

#bookandcoffee #decluttering #autumn

Jemgirl2014 What a beautiful picture. Don't you just hate it when the weather doesn't cooperate with you when you want to get cozy with a good book and a hot drink? lol 2y
espressodream @Jemgirl2014 Thank you 😶 lol at the time of this pic I was living in South East Asia with only one season...so one has to set their own mood to get cozy with a book and hot drink 😉 2y
Jemgirl2014 @espressodream You're welcome. 😊 Oh, I got you. LOL Believe me when I tell you I know all about crazy weather. I live in Los Angelrs, CA. This past Thanksgiving it was close to 90 degrees. smh. 2y
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msflewell
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A good follow up.

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LuLeeBelle
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Starting a new audiobook for my commutes 🌈✨

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SusanLee
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Thanks to Ai Jou for gifting me this inspiring book! I'm loving it! With the detailed illustration, I can better understand the KonMari Method and proceed with care of the festival itself ❤️

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Cuteek
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I laughed so much at this part "Dear old screwdriver...." ?
#konmarimethod #mariekondo #sparkjoy

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xicanti
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I was ridiculously excited to execute Phase Two of my Tidying Festival: books! Back in the day I kept everything I wanted to reread, but for the last few years I've kept only books that're important to me. This gave me a chance to go through my whole library with that criteria in mind.

There're some surprises in the discards pile, but I feel good about passing these along & borrowing them from the library when I want to reread.

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xicanti
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My closet is much neater after Phase One of my Tidying Festival, but I'll need to up the visual interest. The back wall looks sooooo bare with my record player shifted into the corner & one floating bookshelf taken down.

Still, I'm happy it's now full of clothes I love (even if my jackets ARE pretty bland grouped together there). Thanks, Marie Kondo!

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xicanti
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The clothes phase of my Tidying Festival got pretty frickin messy.

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xicanti
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I plotted my upcoming Tidying Festival on some French Kitty postcards I hole punched so they'll fit into my Happy Planner. I wrote little mission statements for each phase and made checklists according to the system Kondo presents in her book, modified to fit my own stuff. Now I'm terribly pleased with myself.

merelybookish That's impressive! 2y
RachelO I love the idea of a tidying festival! 2y
xicanti @merelybookish it was fun to make, too! 2y
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xicanti @RachelO Marie Kondo's full of great ideas! 2y
shainareads Goodness, I love this. I love that you're even making the tidying a joyful experience! 2y
shainareads Also, I let go of some things I'd been carting around with me since high school yesterday. It was glorious. 2y
xicanti @shainareads EMBRACE THE JOY, SHAINA!!! 👍👍 2y
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xicanti
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I finished SPARK JOY early this morning and I'm now energized to do some serious tidying and joy-sparking! The book covers much of the same territory as Kondo's first, but from a more hands-on angle and with some inclusive refinements to her technique. It's a pleasure to read.

It also inspired me to bring my plush Dragon of Wales out into the open so I can enjoy him every day!

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xicanti
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I have a reading buddy! Hannah was supposed to stay with my cousin while her people are away, but she took against his housemate's dog so now she's here--and she definitely sparks joy.