Kondo Is Back with More Tidying Advice in 'Spark Joy'

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Kondo Is Back with More Tidying Advice in 'Spark Joy'


Byline: Katherine Roth Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Marie Kondo is back.

Author of the international best-seller "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" (Ten Speed Press, 2014), Kondo became famous for advising readers how to transform their lives by sifting through their belongings one by one, embracing those that "spark joy" and bidding a fond but hasty farewell to the rest.

Her new book, "Spark Joy: an Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up" (Ten Speed), provides illustrations and more detail.

"After I published my first book, a lot of readers came with a lot of questions," the petite, soft-spoken Kondo told The Associated Press, in Japanese, after a presentation to a packed auditorium at the Japan Society in New York.

Kondo is still communing lovingly with socks and blouses, folding clothes like origami and bowing in gratitude to her home. She also has a fresh perspective as a new mother.

"My daughter is only 6 months old, so my method hasn't changed ... She cannot make a mess yet. What has surprised me most is the amount of stuff a baby needs," Kondo said, sitting primly at the edge of her seat in an impeccable white top over a pale blue print dress.

"Once she gets older, I'm sure there will be a little bit of adjustment."

With an understated sense of humor, she notes in her new book that one of the people with whom she has had to share her storage methods is her new husband, himself so minimalist that he moved in with only four cardboard boxes of belongings.

"I am learning that unspoken family rules differ from one household to another, and that storage methods I had assumed were obvious need to be properly shared and explained," she writes.

Kondo's earlier book had no illustrations; "Spark Joy" is full of her charming, child-like drawings of everything from organized kitchen cupboards, to folding techniques for clothes ranging from underwear to frilly blouses to hoodies.

"It is very important that you know how to fold clothes in the correct way," she informed the crowd at the Japan Society, before daintily approaching a demonstration table where a small pile of unfolded clothing awaited. For one thing, "make sure you put a lot of love through your palms," she said.

The audience -- die-hard fans and those new to her KonMari Method -- applauded as Kondo quickly folded one item after another into a tiny cube, balanced each on edge to show how tightly wound it was, then tucked them neatly into what resembled a lidless shoe box. …

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