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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

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 116 | Meet Kiki & Jax Co-Author and Illustrator Salina Yoon

    Ep 116 | Meet Kiki & Jax Co-Author and Illustrator Salina Yoon

    Kiki & Jax co-author and illustrator Salina Yoon joins us to discuss her collaboration with Marie Kondo, exploring the intersection of tidying and friendship for kids.


    Salina Yoon is a Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator of over a dozen picture books and nearly 200 innovative novelty and board books for young children, with over 4.5 million books sold worldwide. Today she will share insights about her latest release, Kiki and Jax, the life-changing magic of friendship, which is a picture book she co-authored and illustrated with bestselling author and queen of tidy, Marie Kondo.


    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.


    Join The Spark Joy Club today!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    Salina's passion for art, which led her to creating books for young children and storytelling
    Why Salina's first book, Penguin and Pinecone, published in 2012, was so special and sparked her collaboration with Marie Kondo
    Saliina's favorite topics to explore
    How Salina navigates the challenge of translating big ideas like friendships and tidying up
    The reason behind choosing as owl and a squirrel as the main characters in Kiki & Jax
    Favorite easter eggs to look out for while you are exploring the illustration
    The challenge of illustrating clutter
    How Salina's childhood influenced some of the tidying activities represented in the book
    What it's like to collaborate and work with Marie Kondo
    How KonMari tidying has impacted the Yoon household


    Salina's favorite tidying tip: Finding more gratitude for each item by having less.


    What sparks joy for Salina: Her family and creating books that spark joy for other families.


    To connect with Salina, visit salinayoon.com or follow her Twitter or Instagram.


    Exclusively for Spark Joy listeners, Salina is giving away a copy of Kiki and Jax that is signed by herself and Marie Kondo! This special copy also includes a how to fold the KonMari way origami guide! To win this special edition, email contact@sparkjoypodcast.com by January 28, 2020 with Kiki & Jax Giveaway in the subject line. The first listener to email us receives this special gift that sparks so much joy!


    Gems:



    "I think relationships are so important for the development of children's emotional being and social being."
    "I think friendships are vital for simply growing up."
    "Books can help build a child's self confidence, their self esteem, their social confidence."
    "Nothing sparks more joy than friendship."
    "Tidiness comes from the parents first."
    "This book has both her heart and mine combined."
    "Find the joy in each other more than from things alone."


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

    • 28 min
    Ep 115 | Someday: Aspirational Items and Unfinished Business

    Ep 115 | Someday: Aspirational Items and Unfinished Business

    Today, we explore the mindset and reasoning behind holding only things because they represent a particular dream, goal, or investment that has been left unfulfilled or incomplete.


    We call these items “unfinished business” or “maybe someday items.” Things that represent an ideal, aspiration or a dream that you had about the kind of person you wanted to be.


    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.


    Join The Spark Joy Club today!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    Learning what unfinished business looks like KonMari category by KonMari Category.

    Understanding why and how unfinished business accumulates and why it’s so hard to let it go.

    How the unfinished business in the Clothing category can fill your closet with things that need to be mended, tailored or ironed and what to do about it.

    We revisit Ep 75 | Exploring the KonMari Book Controversy with Robin Mitchell Cranfield to discuss letting go of unread or unfinished books.

    Three additional categories of paper to consider.

    How hobbies and aspirational do it yourself projects can cause us to purchase supplies that are often never used or partially used. These items are classic “maybe someday” items that pile up in drawers and closets.

    How to use sentimental items so that they are not just hidden in boxes and never appreciated. We encourage you to get creative and either use these items or consider why you are holding onto them.

    How donations and discards are unfinished business until they are out of your home. Your tidying is not finished until things are on their way to their next life.

    The importance and value of your time when deciding whether to reduce, reuse or recycle items. This can be a stumbling block toward getting things on their way.

    A solution! Consider the Five D’s:
    - Do
    - Diminish
    - Delegate
    - Defer
    - Delete



    We all have unfinished business. It’s just a part of life!



    Here are Karin’s:


    Deciding about some closet storage upgrades. “I can’t decide!"
    Doing some home maintenance. “There’s always something that needs to be done."
    Recycling used candle jars.

    And, Kristyn’s:


    Photography organization project. “I’m committed to get this done in the next decade.”
    Recipe compilation project. “My friends want some of my great family recipes!”



    Gems:



    "When your KonMari tidying journey is over, you’ll have the time, resources, and energy to pursue these passions. So, it’s important to make sure every second of that time counts by filling it with high value activities edited down to just the things you love and intended to complete in your lifetime."
    "Buying craft supplies can become the hobby. Those yarn and fabric stores are so tempting!"
    "It’s really ok to decide something is just not for you or maybe what you DID accomplish with a hobby was just the right amount."
    "What is the point of keeping those things hidden away and could you make a different plan? What are some of the options?"
    "Sometimes your unfinished business and “someday aspirations can literally stand in between you and your goal of a clutter free lifestyle."
    "We’re human and it’s ok to make mistakes. We’ve all invested our time, energy, and money on things that didn’t work out for whatever reason. Trial and error is a necessary part of learning, growing and adulting."


    You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
    You can find Kristyn I

    • 47 min
    Ep 114 | Vision 2020: The Power of the Board with Arika Clark Alejo

    Ep 114 | Vision 2020: The Power of the Board with Arika Clark Alejo

    Arika Clark Alejo, founder of ThriveEpic, joins us to help us vision board our way into the new year!


    Our first guest of 2020 is Arika Clark Alejo. Arika’s on a mission to help people be leaders in their own lives and be happy. So, while her official title is Founder and CEO of ThriveEpic, she likes to think of herself as a Chief Happiness Officer. She spreads messages that help people thrive through being a life and leadership coach, dynamic speaker and event facilitator.


    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.


    Join The Spark Joy Club today!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    Arika's journey from career burn out to a coach who helps people move beyond the status quo
    Why vision boarding is Arika's favorite thing to help people design
    How vision boards help you align with your goals and learn more about what you have and also what you're missing
    The best time of the year to create a vision board and where to start
    Non-visual vision board alternatives
    Arika's favorite vision board
    What not to include on your vision board
    How to ground your aspirations in reality
    Where you should hang your vision board and when you should refresh it
    How to course correct and fail forward when we veer away from our vision
    What Arika has on her vision board in 2020


    What sparks joy for Vanessa: Getting ready to prepare for her big Summit!


    To connect with Arika visit thriveepic.com


    Don’t forget to sign-up for Arika’s free virtual Intentional Empowerment Summit, January 31-Feb 2, 2020.


    Exclusively for Spark Joy listeners Arkia is also offering $100 off her 2020 retreat that will be announced soon. Contact Arika at arika@thriveepic.com and mention Spark Joy.


    Share your vision board with us via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!


    Gems:



    "I found coaching and it changed my life. It helped me understand what it means to be a leader in my own life."
    "You are a leader for yourself."
    "It's really hard for things to manifest if you don't put it out there."
    "Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? What do you want to have?"
    "Be proud of [your vision board] and look at it with intention."
    "Be proud of who you are and the dreams that you have."


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

    • 29 min
    Encore! Ep 85 | KonMari Approved Storage Solutions

    Encore! Ep 85 | KonMari Approved Storage Solutions

    Co-hosts Kristyn and Karin share KonMari inspired storage solutions and tools you can use to uplevel your space and honor the things you love.


    We chat about how to store and organize after you’ve completed your KonMari Tidying Journey one signature clutter category at a time.


    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.


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:


    Joy Checks
    -Karin is speaking at the invitation of Eli Lily and Co. during the
    ASCO International Conference


    -Kristyn has committed to writing 30 blog posts in 30 days as one of her Tidy Mastermind goals. Connect via fortheloveoftidy.com to follow her progress


    -Review the importance of tidying by category instead of location in Spark Joy Ep 9 | Tidying by Location is a Fatal Mistake


    KonMari Storage Tips
    -Organize items that spark joy so they are visible within a designated space
    -Things are stored so that they are easy to put away and easy to get out
    -Storage should bring you a sense of order and calm
    -Reuse and repurpose wherever possible. Shop your home
    -Save your bins and baskets until you’ve joy checked the very last item
    -Storage is fluid
    -Reduce visual clutter


    KonMari Tidy Tools
    -Your calendar
    -The Tidy Home Joy Journal - Join The Spark Joy Club to receive your copy and exclusive access to the SJC community
    -Your Vision (see Spark Joy Ep 5 | How to Visualize Your Ideal Lifestyle and Living Environment
    -Trash bags: Glad Large Drawstring Recycling Bags
    -The Spark Joy podcast! Listen while you tidy!
    -Label Remover
    -Tape measure


    Clothing Category Storage
    -Principles of KonMari clothes hanging:
    -Rise to the right
    -Lighter, shorter, more delicate things on the right
    -Heavy, longer, darker things toward the left
    -Always, like things go together


    -Hanger options:
    -Velvet Hangers
    -Wooden hangers


    -Bins for clothing storage:
    -Bins for open shelving to create drawers
    -Underbed Storage
    Note: Following Feng Shui principles can be done if you are so inclined, so be sure to review our episode Ep 71 | Feng Shui with Master Laura Cerrano
    -Future donation bag/box


    -Three closet essentials:
    -Hamper
    -Step Stool
    -Trash Can


    -Drawers for clothing storage:
    -Soft Sided Boxes
    -Drawer Dividers


    Books Category Storage
    -For a review of how to sort books head over to Spark Joy Ep 75 | Exploring the KonMari Book Controversy with Robin Mitchell


    -Book Ends**


    Paper Category Storage
    -For a review of the three types of KonMari paper categories, go to Spark Joy
    Ep 45 | KonMari Paper Category: Cutting Paper Clutter


    -Tools for paper storage:
    -Locking File Box
    -Fun File Folders
    -Label Maker
    -Slice Precision Cutter
    -Fireproof Box


    -Virtual paper storage
    -Dropbox
    -GoogleDocs
    -Evernote


    Komono Category Storage
    -Spark Joy listener Angela submitted a question about managing charging stations and office items:


    “I’m starting this journey but the area that bothers me the most is how to organize an office/charging area. These both tend to lend way to the kitchen for ease of use and accessibility. We are a family of five so we have a lot of devices.
    How would you suggest maintaining an area in the kitchen that could mainstream both of these purposes (paperwork and device charge/overnight storage) without cluttering the counters?”


    -Cord solutions:
    -Kitchen: Mesh Stackable Shelves
    -Kitchen: Shelf Liners
    -Kitchen: SCUBB Ikea Boxes


    -Toiletries:

    • 55 min
    Encore! Ep 74 | Happiness, Joy, and Order with Gretchen Rubin

    Encore! Ep 74 | Happiness, Joy, and Order with Gretchen Rubin

    Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin debuts her latest book, "Outer Order, Inner Calm," as we explore the intersection of happiness, joy and order.


    Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential writers on habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers "Better Than Before" and "The Happiness Project" and she’s debuting her newest book, "Outer Order, Inner Calm" today!


    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.


    Join The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    Gretchen's thoughts on defining happiness vs. joy

    Gretchen's interview with Marie Kondo and why she gave Netflix's Tidying Up a gold star on a recent episode of the Happier podcast

    Tips on tidying up while managing emotions around other's messiness

    Why every office should have a Chief Clutter Officer

    How your clutter comfort level is way more important than achieving perfection

    Gretchen's new book "Outer Order, Inner Calm"

    How to avoid fakework and makework

    How to get those little things done by leaning into a power hour

    The tension that comes along with "procrasticlearing"

    The deeper meaning behind someday, someone-based decision making

    The difference between underbuyers and overbuyers



    Gretchen's favorite tidying tip: The one minute rule.


    What Sparks Joy for Gretchen: The Bandoleir


    To connect with Gretchen Rubin you can find her and her new book "Outer Order, Inner Calm" at gretchenrubin.com/books


    Gems:
    "Do I need it? Do I use it? Do I love it?"


    "One of the worst things we can do is to do well something that we don't have to do at all."


    "Things that can be done at any time are often done at no time."


    "The stewing is worse than the doing."


    "The best way to anticipate what's going to happen in the future is what's happened in the past."


    "There's an unwillingness to accept that things are worth only what people will pay for them."


    "So much of clutter really is about delaying decision making."


    "The more we can decide now, the easier it gets latter."


    "Anything you can do in less than one minute, do it without delay."


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

    • 47 min
    Encore! Ep 73 | How to Plan Your KonMari Tidying Journey

    Encore! Ep 73 | How to Plan Your KonMari Tidying Journey

    How to plan and organize the activities associated with tidying up. If you started to tidy, tackled clothes clothing or other categories, but quickly found other life priorities got in the way, then this is the show for you!


    Tidying up KonMari style is a one-time, special event that requires consistent effort and prioritization. It’s a project. A series of steps that need to be executed in an efficient series in order to shift behaviors you may have had all of your life. So, the less glamorous or obvious first step is to PLAN your tidying event before digging too deep.


    So now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life.


    Head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe and review the show, which helps us reach others along their tidying journeys.


    To extend your tidying experience, you can join the Spark Joy Club!


    Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


    Thanks for tuning in and we hope your day, sparks joy.


    Joy Checks:



    Karin loves staycations so she can indulge in her passion for the hotel room aesthetic. Here are some great hotel rooms and ways you can incorporate these ideas in your own bedroom.
    Hotel Room Ideas to Use in Your Bedroom: The Contemporist

    Kristyn is excited that the The Tidy Home Joy Journal is an Amazon #1 best seller across multiple categories! It’s beginning to arrive in the homes of early buyers and the reviews are amazing, 5 Stars!



    You can get yours by joining The Spark Joy Club today by heading over to our website, and clicking Join The Club!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    The question from listener Anne that prompted today’s show after listening to Episode 56: How 60 Hours of Tidying Lessons Changed One Single Mom's Life Forever

    The three factors that determine the length of time of your tidying event:



    The size of your home
    The volume of your clutter
    The anticipated pace of your decision-making

    How a KonMari Consultant can help in this process as we discussed in Spark Joy Episode 49: Why Hire a KonMari Consultant?

    Factors that slow down, or speed up your tidying event

    How to make tidying a short-term priority in order to gain from the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up!

    Confronting your calendar to get your priorities and values in order

    The suggested length of time for each tidying appointment, the length of time in between tidying appointments, and the length of time the entire process should take according to our experience and best practices

    The benefit of a little urgency in the process. As we discussed in Spark Joy Ep 68 | Behind the Scenes: Netflix's "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" with Tricia Fidler and Jane Grodem something like a reality show can help move the process into overdrive!

    How the 5 D’s: delegate, delete, defer, delay, or diminish, we learned about in Ep 16 | Stress Free Holiday Joy with Amanda Jefferson can help you plan your tidying event

    What contributes to KonMari Fatigue and how to overcome it



    Gems:
    "The average American home has over 300,000 items."
    "It can take anywhere from 15 to 30+ hours, but not all at once!"
    "Make it a priority for the short-term in order to make true change in the long-term."
    "Plan your work and work your plan!"
    "This will require you to temporarily delegate, delete, defer, delay, or diminish some of the priorities filling up your calendar."
    "KonMari Fatigue can reduce focus and limit your best ability Joy Check items."


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

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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.

mkeklb ,

Great podcast!

I absolutely love the ideas talked about in this podcast and I especially love all the different guests they have coming from all different careers and walks of life! I’ve found it so interesting to get different perspectives and have it not limited to just organization and Konmari!

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