Ep 13 | Does It Spark Joy?

November 21st, 2017 · 33 mins 55 secs

About this Episode

Karin and Kristyn discuss the fundamental KonMari question: Does it spark joy?

In this episode, we discuss what "spark joy" truly means and how to apply it to your tidying event. We share practical tips on how to build your own personal awareness of joy and how to apply this concept to your decision-making. The term will start to become part of your vocabulary and you’ll see joy everywhere.

But first, we begin by sharing what's sparking joy for us today. We also answer a great question from a Spark Joy listener about how to determine what sparks joy when it comes to seasonal items, in this case, Halloween costumes.

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • Learning the Japanese language origins of the phrase, "spark joy." The Japanese translation is Tokimeku ときめく, which means "to flutter with a little thrill" in the same way that we describe how our hearts can flutter with joyful emotion when something makes us happy or excited

  • How Marie Kondo demonstrates what sparking joy looks like while interacting with possessions. See videos below:
    -- Marie Kondo: Organize the World: Design Your Life to Spark Joy - SXSW 2017
    -- Marie Kondo explains Spark Joy

  • How to avoid getting caught up in how many things you're keeping or discarding instead of focusing on the joy

  • Being reminded of the importance of vision, as discussed in Episode 5, to keep your thoughts future-focused and in tune with the quality of life you envision for yourself

  • How to set a high joy bar by developing a criteria for what stays and what goes

  • How considering the passage of time and your evolution as a person can help you understand whether something is part of your future or just hanging out from the past

  • Marie Kondo states, “When we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”
    The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • "If it makes you happy, then the right choice is to keep it confidently, regardless of what anyone else says."
    Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up


  • “The practice is to pay attention to how your body reacts when you’re holding your possessions.”

  • “You want to be able to live in harmony with your things.”

  • “Does this item spark joy AND fit into of my vision for the quality of life I’ve envisioned for myself in the future?”

  • “This is an area I really do want to invest in instead of buying the cheapest things to just make do.”

  • ”Keep your joy bar high!”

  • “Objects like having a job to do.”

  • "If it makes you happy, then the right choice is to keep it confidently, regardless of what anyone else says."

You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy