Monday, February 8, 2016

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo book review

I loved The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, so when I got the opportunity to review Marie Kondo's follow up book, I took it!
From Kondo's website: A comprehensive, illustrated manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections. User-friendly line drawings illustrate Kondo’s patented folding method as it applies to shirts, pants, socks, and jackets, as well as images of properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets. Kondo also add in-depth advice on moving, packing, and dealing with necessary objects that may not spark joy—answering all the questions she's gotten since her first book. This manual is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.

The book is divided into three parts: KonMari master tips, The tidying encyclopedia, and Life-changing magic. I really liked the following quote from her preface: "Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order."

Since I recently moved to a new house and hope to keep it more organized than the last one, I was interested in reading about filling your home with joy. She devotes about 20 pages to that topic and I learned a few things, like "the act of discarding things on its own will never bring joy to your life. Discarding is not the point; what matters is keeping these things that bring you joy."
I enjoyed the illustrations on how to fold clothes. Now I just need a dresser to put my clothing into and I can start practicing her techniques! 
After I read her chapter about organizing the kitchen, I decided to deep clean a few things and reorganize some drawers. Kondo has inspired me to do this on a more regular basis.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this follow up book vs. her first one. A lot of the advice is common sense and perhaps best for someone who is truly very disorganized.

After reading both titles, I have found myself asking if certain items I own bring me joy and as a result, I've donated a few pieces.
If you are very disorganized or need assistance organizing certain areas of your home, then this book is for you.

I received the title through Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

My Everyday Life [Week 6]

Wow, how is it week six of 2016 already?!

I started out Monday evening reading this book. It's very short, so I finished it that evening. Definitely worth reading!
Craig's reading The Toyota Way. He's really into the lean process at companies since his workplace practices it.
 I drink drip coffee most days, but sometimes you just need a fancy espresso drink.
Our Door to Door Organics order arrived on Tuesday! I have always wanted to try a pupusa, so I ordered a box of those. I haven't tried them yet.
 I always add white chia seeds to my greek yogurt at work.
I did the Fitnessista's Winter Shape Up workout mid-week. I wasn't feeling great, so I turned to a workout to make me feel better. It totally worked!
 The cats always hang around me when I workout.
I was so excited to see this announced! After attending the Madison one last year, I was hoping someone would start one here. I really want to join their planning committee.
Sometimes you just have to leave the office to get lunch. Since all footlongs are $6 this month, I went with the more expensive veggie patty.
Walking in the sun on a break always feels good and refreshing, especially when you work in a windowless office.
Craig and I went to see monk Dae Kwang speak while he was in town from Singapore. Hearing his message is always life changing for both of us. I really need to implement his advice though. Also, I need to start meditating.
Seeing that alcohol only makes my recent health issues (acid reflux) worse, I probably shouldn't have this margarita while I washed dishes.
Loved the Blind Date with a Book exhibit at my local library! I didn't go on a date because I am overwhelmed with books right now, but I did pick up a hold on H is for Hawk, which I am super excited to start reading.
 Green smoothies for two!
 All three kitties in front of the fire. Shiva positioned himself in such a funny way!
 Beautiful sunrise on Saturday morning.
And a pretty mid-week sunset.
 I looked really pale all week. I need to get better soon because these gut issues are not fun! I think I am going to have to forego coffee and chocolate all week--which sucks!
We went on a long walk today and enjoyed the 40 degree weather! We spotted these pretty yellow birds in a tree and I also got to watch some hawks hunting & fighting!
My mama came over this morning and brought these magazines! She is hemming our living room curtains, so she measured and pinned them before taking them home to work on. Thank god for moms that sew because I am not domestic enough to do so!
We generally don't care about the Super Bowl, but we have the TV on so we can catch the commercials and I am excited to see Coldplay during halftime! I've always liked their music. Also, go Broncos because we loved visiting Denver and Colorado so much!