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Welcome to Spark Joy, co-hosted by certified KonMari Consultants Kristyn Ivey and Karin Socci. Spark Joy is the podcast dedicated to celebrating the KonMari Method and the transformative power of surrounding yourself with joy; and letting go of the all the rest.
Made popular by Marie Kondo, author of the bestselling book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, the KonMari Method is a revolutionary professional organizing technique and way of life. Join us as we explore the world of KonMari and how the method impacts your home, health, wealth, family and well being.
Each week Spark Joy engages thought leaders and innovators in the KonMari universe. We share our experiences as KonMari Consultants, working with clients from all walks of life: families, empty nesting folks downsizing, young people setting up their first homes, and others. Look forward to practical tidy tips that will help you execute your own KonMari journey with ease and joy.
Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com, email us at contact@sparkjoypodcast.com to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @sparkjoypodcast.Thanks for tuning in, and we hope your day sparks joy!
NOTE: Spark Joy the podcast is not endorsed by or affiliated with KonMari Media, Inc. The opinions expressed on the show's episodes represent the views of the co-hosts and guests alone, and do not represent the corporate position of KonMari Media, Inc or the KonMari consultant community.

Spark Joy Kristyn Ivey and Karin Socci

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.6, 216 Ratings

Welcome to Spark Joy, co-hosted by certified KonMari Consultants Kristyn Ivey and Karin Socci. Spark Joy is the podcast dedicated to celebrating the KonMari Method and the transformative power of surrounding yourself with joy; and letting go of the all the rest.
Made popular by Marie Kondo, author of the bestselling book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, the KonMari Method is a revolutionary professional organizing technique and way of life. Join us as we explore the world of KonMari and how the method impacts your home, health, wealth, family and well being.
Each week Spark Joy engages thought leaders and innovators in the KonMari universe. We share our experiences as KonMari Consultants, working with clients from all walks of life: families, empty nesting folks downsizing, young people setting up their first homes, and others. Look forward to practical tidy tips that will help you execute your own KonMari journey with ease and joy.
Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com, email us at contact@sparkjoypodcast.com to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @sparkjoypodcast.Thanks for tuning in, and we hope your day sparks joy!
NOTE: Spark Joy the podcast is not endorsed by or affiliated with KonMari Media, Inc. The opinions expressed on the show's episodes represent the views of the co-hosts and guests alone, and do not represent the corporate position of KonMari Media, Inc or the KonMari consultant community.

    Ep 133 | Build an Unapologetically Thrifted Sustainable Wardrobe with Kaitlin Stewart

    Ep 133 | Build an Unapologetically Thrifted Sustainable Wardrobe with Kaitlin Stewart

    Kaitlin Stewart, Eco-Stylist, shares her love for secondhand fashions and helps us incorporate thrifted items into our wardrobe in a way that sparks joy.


    Our guest Kaitlin Stewart is a New York transplant residing in the Windy City for the past 8 years. She is an avid thrifter and eco-stylist who helps her clients build a more sustainable and budget friendly wardrobe by styling them with secondhand pieces. She believes in being a conscious consumer and an unapologetic thrifter!


    We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show.


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    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    How generations of inherited vintage pieces influenced Kaitlin's passion for thrift
    The benefits of choosing thrift/consignment/resale over fast fashion, including the environmental impact
    The difference between thrift, consignment, vintage and resale
    Stories behind our favorite thrift store finds
    What's in high demand at thrift stores
    How to decide what to take to a consignment store vs. a donation drop off based on current trends, seasons, and date of purchase
    Kaitlin's go-to shopping strategies
    How to set boundaries while shopping consciously


    Featured stores:



    Goodwill
    Buffalo Exchange
    Crossroads Trading Company
    Brown Elephant
    Mount Sinai Resale Shop


    Featured stores (online):



    The Edit
    The Velvet Home Collective
    Moonacre Cottage
    ThreadUp
    Poshmark


    Kaitlin's favorite thrift shopping tip:
    "Try everything on." Wear leggings and a tank to make things easy.


    What sparks joy for Kaitlin:
    Planning her sustainable wedding and sourcing thrift decor


    Connect with Kaitlin on Instagram or Facebook or book an eco-styling session with her at windycitythrfter@gmail.com.


    Gems:
    "I've always thought of thrifting as treasure hunting."
    "Fast fashion is the largest form of pollution."
    "Fashion is cyclical, so it's all coming back."
    "If it looks cool, but isn't going to work with what you already own, it's not going to serve you."


    You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
    You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
    Special Guest: Kaitlin Stewart.

    • 36 min
    Ep 132 | Where does all the stuff go? with Secondhand author Adam Minter

    Ep 132 | Where does all the stuff go? with Secondhand author Adam Minter

    Downsizing. Decluttering. Discarding. After you’ve decided what sparks joy and donated the things that don’t serve you - what happens to all the stuff after it’s been KonMari’d?


    Guest Adam Minter is a columnist and author based in Malaysia. For nearly two decades, his journalism has focused on waste, recycling, stuff - and the hidden global world that it inhabits. His first book, 'Junkyard Planet,' was a best-selling dive into the recycling bin. His new book, 'Secondhand' is a global journey into what happens to our stuff after we no longer want it.


    We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show.


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    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    The personal experience that sparked Adam's interest in figuring out what happens to the things when they go through the donation door that spanned 12 countries

    The number of items that on average thrift store sells off the shelves

    The items that are highest and lowest demand and most exported for second use

    Why used clothing traders prefer Canadian clothing

    What to do with antiquated media formats and electronics

    How Goodwill employees sort and price items based on the quality of the goods

    What happens to undergarments and socks

    Three unexpected items that Goodwill turns away

    The storage locker industry and the true cost of rentals

    The impact of Adam's research on his family



    Adam's favorite productivity tip:
    "Buy better. Buy more durable."


    What sparks joy for Adam:
    "My son."


    Gems:
    "If you're a thrift store the last thing you want to do is toss something into a landfill or an incinerator"
    "Some of us are spending more money to store our stuff than to store ourselves."
    "There is more storage locker space in the U.S. alone than the square footage of Palm Springs, California. "
    "Buy better. Buy more durable."


    You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
    You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
    Special Guest: Adam Minter.

    • 42 min
    Ep 131 | Getting Things Done with David Allen

    Ep 131 | Getting Things Done with David Allen

    David Allen, master personal productivity specialist, joins us to explore the intersection between his famous Getting Things Done Method and KonMari.


    “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. We should be looking toward a world of no problems, only projects.”


    After decades of in-the-field research and practice of his productivity methods, David wrote the international best-seller Getting Things Done.
    Published in over 28 languages, TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.”


    Today, David is considered the leading authority in the fields of organizational and personal productivity. The David Allen Company, run by David and his wife Kathryn, oversees the certification academy and quality standards for Global Partners offering Getting Things Done courses and coaching around the world.


    We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show.


    While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast.


    Book a custom Virtual Tidying Experience with For the Love of Tidy


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    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:


    -David's journey to becoming one of the most important names in increasing productivity


    -Learn what the Getting Things Done (GTD) method is all about and how you can use it to increase your productivity and gain more time that spark joy


    -Practice with David using the GTD method to something as simple as receiving a wedding invitation


    -David has worked from home since the early 1980's and he shares his tips for WFH that sparks joy


    -David shares what is meant by "ambient anxiety", an "external brain", and the "two minute rule"


    -What are Open Loops and how they impact your productivity


    -Find all of David's books and guides here: David Allen on Amazon


    -Learn some of David's time honored tips to increase your ability to Get Things Done with joy!


    David's favorite productivity tip:
    "Your head is for having ideas and not for holding them. Stop using your head as your office."


    What sparks joy for David:
    David's new video series "Two Minute Tips for Turbulent Times" coming soon.
    And, walking his little Cavalier Springer Spaniel in the park!


    To connect with David, you can find him at GettingThingsDone.com and on Twitter at GTDGuy


    Gems:
    "If you think about something twice, then you are paying it to much attention."


    "You have to decide what the thing means to you to decide what to do with it."


    "You need a discreet space to do your work, answer your email and focus. It's best if there is no other activity in that space . And, it should be a place where everyone in the home knows you are "on the job" even if you need to put yellow caution tape around your workspace!"


    "What has your attention?"


    "Your head is for having ideas, not holding them. Stop using your head as your office."


    You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
    You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
    Special Guest: David Allen.

    • 37 min
    Ep 130 | Love Your Work with David Kadavy

    Ep 130 | Love Your Work with David Kadavy

    David Kadavy, author and podcast host, joins us to explore ways we can design our work-life and productivity during quarantine and get the most out of our creative energy.


    David Kadavy is a writer who helps creatives get more out of their energy. He’s author of two books, The Heart to Start and Design for Hackers, and host of the Love Your Work podcast. His third book, Mind Management, Not Time Management debuts in the fall of 2020.


    We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show.


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    Join The Spark Joy Club today!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    David's journey to becoming a writer and figuring out where in the world he gets his best work done

    How the concept of "loss aversion" helped David sell most of his posessions and move from Chicago to Columbia and make space for the future

    How designing his life to include a "behavior shaping contraint," living in South America, allowed David to stop living by his to-do list and pay closer attention to his energy

    How Episode 136 of David's podcast "Love Your Work," where he explores The Art of Staying In and how it applies to quarantine

    Our relationship with time and how it's actually more productive to save our time for less productive activities

    Trevor Noah meme

    Spark Joy Episode 128 Book Review: Joy at Work, Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein

    What to do next when we DON'T love of work

    The guest that we happen to be bringing on Spark Joy next week that inspired David's productivity



    David's favorite time management tip:



    Have a weekly review on Sunday afternoon and set alarms for appointments on your phone while keeping it on silent for the week


    What sparks joy for David:



    David's hammock


    To connect with David, you can find him at kadavy.net and on Twitter and Instagram at @kadavy


    With so many people working from home, writing is an even more important skill. David shares 14 tools he uses to hone his focus and quadruple his writing output. Download it here.


    Gems:
    "It hurts twice as much for us to get rid of something as it does feel good for us to get something."


    "It is about not so much having the time to do something, but having the energy to do something."


    "What mood do I need to be in to get this thing done?"


    "One of the nice things about quarantine is it takes away some of that FOMO a little bit."


    "When you save time, keep it!"


    "What discomfort are you willing to endure to have some future sparking of joy?"


    "When you have a place for things, then all the natural creative state that you experience as a human has space to flourish."


    You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
    You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
    Special Guest: David Kadavy.

    • 38 min
    Ep 129 | Calendar Clutter: How to Tidy Your Time with Laura Vanderkam

    Ep 129 | Calendar Clutter: How to Tidy Your Time with Laura Vanderkam

    Laura Vanderkam, author and productivity expert, joins us with tips and strategies to help you KonMari your calendar.


    Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Juliet’s School of Possibilities, Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and five children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.


    We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show.


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    Join The Spark Joy Club today!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    How Laura became a student of time and a time management expert

    The quote from Laura that summarizes time management in a nutshell

    What to do first when it comes to figuring out exactly where your time goes and how it's similar to the KonMari Method

    The questions you should ask yourself when taking inventory of your time and tips that help you protect that time while tidying

    Laura (mom of FIVE!) shares her tips for working moms trying to manage their time and make time for what matters

    How avoid chasing a "typical" week when time tracking

    Laura's podcasts Before Breakfast podcast and Best of Both Worlds



    Laura's favorite time management tip:
    Plan your week on Fridays.


    What sparks joy for Laura:
    Her bar height set of tables and chairs for her deck.


    To connect with Laura, visit her at lauravanderkam.com and download her free Time Makeover Guide.


    Gems:


    “Time is the ultimate non-renewable resource."
    "We often blame time for things that aren't really about time at all."
    "Saying 'I'm too busy' or 'I don't have time' puts the responsibility somewhere else."
    "If anyone wants to spend their time better the first thing they should do is figure out where their time is going now."
    "What do I like about my schedule?"
    "What do I want to spend more time doing?'
    "Don't bring it in if it's just going to be schedule clutter."
    "Anytime someone asks you to do something in the future, ask yourself if you'd do it tomorrow."
    "Start thinking of your life in terms of a week instead of a day."


    You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
    You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
    Special Guest: Laura Vanderkam.

    • 33 min
    Ep 128 | Book Review: Joy at Work, Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein

    Ep 128 | Book Review: Joy at Work, Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein

    In today’s episode we review Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein’s new book, Joy at Work, Organizing Your Professional Life.


    In Joy at Work, Marie and Scott use the KonMari method to bring more efficiency, productivity and even joy to the work place.


    The book was released during probably one of the most monumental events in modern times, in the middle of a life altering pandemic, which has found most of us re-defining our roles in our community, at home, and at work.


    We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show.


    While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast.


    Joy Checks:
    Karin discovers Google 3D animals
    Kristyn invites you to join her weekdays at noon central at her Tidy Up Office Hours via Facebook Live


    Join The Spark Joy Club today!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    What we learned in the new book, Joy at Work, Organizing Your Professional Life.. We talk about what surprised us, what we loved, and what we found didn't spark quite as much joy

    The new and fascinating ancedotes we learned about Marie’s life

    How Marie applies the categories to the work place

    Learning about new clutter categories and organizing content both digital and hard copy

    The category of time and how it can be organized to spark joy while networking and in meetings



    Spark Joy Podcast episodes we mentioned in the show:
    Ep 87 | KonMari Joy at Work with Christina Jurges


    Ep 5 | How to Visualize Your Ideal Lifestyle and Living Environment


    Ep 109 | Book Review: Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport


    Ep 123 | KonMari Quick Tips: Social Media Joy


    Ep 107 | List-Making Your Way to Your KonMari Vision with Paula Rizzo


    Ep 91 | How to Motivate Others to Tidy Up


    Ep 85 | KonMari Approved Storage Solutions


    Ep 86 | KonMari Your Friends and Relationships with Vanessa Van Edwards


    Gems:
    "Marie shares more about her personal life than ever before."


    "Vision plays a part even at work and I'm glad it got ample attention in this book."


    "What you chose to keep can give you important insight into your value in your work."


    "When it comes to the basics of the Method, you may not find a lot of new information."


    "We both thought it was a good read while we are navigating the new reality of our work from home lives."


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

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

nicmarkenrog ,

Life changing magic in this podcast ✨

On Jan 1, I decided my word for 2020 was inspiration and I went on a social media fast. Through “decluttering” my digital life and head space, I found this Spark Joy podcast. And it is fuuuuulll of inspiration. I’m constantly inspired. It’s amazing how outer order creates inner calm and translates to so many important areas of life. For example, not only are my kitchen surfaces clean and inviting when I start my day - My finances are way more ordered and our thoughtful spending reflects the most important values to us. I feels empowered. Can’t get enough. Thank you, K and K, for this amazing service you do! There is life changing magic in this podcast ✨

Jyoti006 ,

Tidy Wisdom In My Pocket!

This podcast has saved my apartment. I Kon Mari’d my stuff (or so I thought) back in 2015. When I found Spark Joy Podcast earlier this year (2018), I learned that I still had a long way to go, and that I had not followed instructions sincerely the first time around.

I put off going through papers, journals, photos and other sentimental items for a long time. Just thinking about confronting those categories used to stress me out.

Now, having heard almost every episode of Spark Joy podcast, my life is completely different. I have a better sense of what I need in my life and what is no longer supporting my values and vision for the future.

Listening to the paper episode of SJP about 30 times (no joke!), gave me the courage to throw out reams of unnecessary things from my files.

I am still working, to be sure, but feel so much more in touch with myself and harmonious with my belongings than I did when I first discovered Spark Joy. If I lived in NYC or Chicago, I would most definitely have hired the hosts to get me through the process (and saved a lot of time!).

2019 update: Family members have passed away recently and left me a lot of sentimental archival material as well as other items. I was charged with helping an elder family member to move out of the house she shared with her husband before he passed away.

Because of the skills I built through listening to Kristyn and Karin, I was able to support her as well as take on the archival project of 40 years of family letters.

My entire family is better off and has less stress because of the wisdom I've gleaned from Spark Joy! Thank you from three generations of Commanday Swim Kaurs :-)

Chicago1510 ,

Great Podcast

Karen and Kristyn dig deep into all aspects of the KonMari method, but they also bring on experts and professionals in fields related to KonMari to help people create fuller lives that spark joy.

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