jump into spring

a tidying and decluttering expert launches her second book

After the success of her first New York Times bestseller (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), organizing guru Marie Kondo is back with an illustrated guide to her world-famous KonMari Method—her take on the basics of tidying up and decluttering your home for good. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up is not only a tool guide for keeping your home tidy, but also an encyclopedia of information and illustration on how to maintain the organization of every room in the house. In this new book, Kondo explains her self-established KonMari Method in detail, while helping readers to follow the six basic rules of tidying: commitment; imagining your ideal lifestyle; discarding; tidying by category; following the right order; and of course, asking yourself if the items in your home really spark joy.

“You could say that tidying orders the mind, while cleaning purifies it,” says Kondo. Her suggestion, then, is to tidy before that big spring clean that many homeowners tend to do to rejuvenate their spaces for a new season. The pages of Spark Joy help with that “tidying marathon” by using step-by-step directions for everything, from folding specific items of clothing, to organizing the most cluttered areas of the home, like closets, drawers, and kitchen cupboards. Because as Kondo says, “Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order.”—Danielle Urbina