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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, 227 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 143 | Quarantine Friendly “Someday” Projects for Today!

    Ep 143 | Quarantine Friendly “Someday” Projects for Today!

    This episode will help you catch up! If your circumstances allow, now is a GREAT time to get things done during this difficult season, so we can land on our feet on the other side.


    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:



    What's sparking joy for Karin: Outdoor dining
    What's sparking joy for Kristyn: TEDxNorthbrookLibrary | Saturday, August 1 | RSVP here
    We previously address "someday" tasks and unfinished business in Spark Joy episode 115


    Top “someday” turned “today” projects that our clients frequently uncover during their tidying event:



    Post-KonMari "Act Now" pile
    Selling - Spark Joy episodes 42-44
    Mending, cleaning, fixing - Spark Joy episode 29 and 125
    Shredding, throwing away, recycling, donating, gifting - Spark Joy episode 89 and 132
    Read Someday Books - Spark Joy episodes 57 and 75
    Unsubscribe from Mailing List - Spark Joy episode 45
    Digital Clutter: Files from old laptop/camera/external drive & email inbox - Spark Joy episodes 54 and 109
    Sentimental items: photos, scrapbooks, albums - Spark Joy episode 55
    Aspirational hobbies (gardening, cooking, knitting, sewing, writing, etc.)
    Home Improvement Projects & Gardening - check out nine episodes about how KonMari intersects with design in our Spark Joy Podcast Episode Map/Listening Guide


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

    • 27 min
    Ep 142 | Member Spotlight: Jen's Tidying Journey

    Ep 142 | Member Spotlight: Jen's Tidying Journey

    Spark Joy Club member Jen Kobrick joins us from Florida to share her KonMari journey.


    This year, we’re trying something new. We’re bringing on listeners from our Spark Joy Club for a special Member Spotlight!


    We’re dedicating a few episodes to shine the light on all of the tidying progress our Spark Joy Club members have made while listening to Spark Joy Podcast and leaning on the community.


    Jen Kobrick is a homeschooling mom to two delightful little people and the wife of a space geek in central Florida. She loves adventure, travel, scuba diving, spending time in nature, ballet, and knitting. Her other passion is supporting parents in finding more joy and connection in family relationships as a Holistic Family Consultant with The Consciously Parenting Project.


    Jen has been a Spark Joy Club Member for the past 6 months and is now officially done with her items and her entire family has nearly completed their KonMari tidying journey, once and for all.


    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:



    What made Jen decide that she and her family was ready for her Konmari journey

    How Jen approached her Tidying Festival with two small kids and a busy family

    The layout of her home and the challenges she faced in managing the categories

    Learning about some of the things that worked didn’t work as she got organized

    Some misconceptions that stood in her way and how she overcame the pursuit of perfection to work toward her vision for her home.

    Jen’s inspiring and joyful hints for making your KonMari journey work for you and your home



    Jen’s favorite KonMari tips:
    Consider hiring a “Mother’s helper”: a sitter or care giver who can entertain the kids while you are tidying.
    Do super small subcategories when you have small children and cannot devote a large period of time.


    What sparks joy for Jen:
    “My kids!”
    “The joyful new design changes that we have made in our bedroom space inspired by our KonMari journey.”


    Gems:
    “Leave the kid’s stuff aside. It is much easier if you do your things first.”
    “Support can come in many forms.”
    “Let the things that bring you joy become the lens of your life.”
    “It’s not about the stuff”
    “I was looking for a clean counter, but instead I got in touch with my authentic self.”


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

    • 31 min
    Ep 141 | Brother-Sister Tidying Duo with Sheila and Kevin Carroll

    Ep 141 | Brother-Sister Tidying Duo with Sheila and Kevin Carroll

    Brother-sister tidying duo Sheila and Kevin Carroll share the lessons they learned while spending over 20 days organizing Kevin's home in Connecticut.


    Kevin is a game inventor and Spark Joy podcast fan from Connecticut. His sister Sheila is a certified KonMari Consultant with Moreganize in Vancouver who helps people find more happiness in their life by organizing their homes and workplaces.


    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


    Join The Spark Joy Club today!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    How a move from California to Singapore sparked Sheila's interest in the simplicity and led to her becoming a certified KonMari Consultant
    How Kevin's crowded dresser planted the organizing seed that led him to call on her sister for help
    How Sheila and Kevin tidied for a total of 20 days, with Sheila traveling from Vancouver to Connecticut
    The size and scope of Kevin's home/project in his Connecticut cottage
    Kevin's vision: get rid of the clutter and lighten up his stress level
    The pros and cons when it comes to tidying with family members
    How organizing KonMari style impacted other areas of Kevin's life more broadly
    How tidying has impacted their brother-sister relationship
    How Sheila's work with her brother impacted her work with clients


    Sheila's favorite tidying tip:
    70% is full


    Kevin's favorite tidying tip:
    What do I want to keep rather than what do I want to get rid of.
    Put felt pads on the bottom of appliances so they slide easily on countertops


    What sparks joy for Sheila:
    Gardening


    What sparks joy for Kevin:
    Inventing a new game with his son


    To connect with Sheila Carrol, visit moreganize.ca and on Facebook


    To connect with Kevin and learn more about TENZI visit ilovetenzi.com


    Exclusively for Spark Joy Listeners:
    Sheila and Kevin are offering a TEN-TEN special! 10% off a Morganize session PLUS a FREE game of TENZI!


    Gems:
    "Only take it if you love it or you need it.
    "I called clutter my kryptonite. It just paralyzed me."
    "When I work with a client, you get a combination of gentle and powerful."
    "By having less clutter around, I just feel more efficient with my time I'm not caught up in looking for things and getting frustrated I can't find them."
    "I'm now much more conscious about what comes into the house than I was before."
    "Going through the process brings up lots of stories...our experiences growing up and what we've shared."


    You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
    You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
    Special Guests: Kevin Carroll and Sheila Carroll.

    • 26 min
    Ep 140 | Your Color Guru with Jeannie Stith-Mawhinney

    Ep 140 | Your Color Guru with Jeannie Stith-Mawhinney

    Jeannie Stith-Mawhinney of Color Guru helps us shop efficiently by understanding what colors work best for us in our KonMari wardrobe.


    Jeannie is obsessed with helping real women look and feel amazing in their clothes. She is the founder and CEO of Color Guru, where she helps women create the wardrobe of their dreams by analyzing their hair, skin, and eye color in order to give them their ideal color palette for clothing.


    She teaches an online course called "Style Secrets for Everyday Women." Jeannie is a wife and mother of two girls in Arden, DE. Her work has been featured on the Design Mom blog, This Organized Life Podcast, and Philadelphia Style magazine.


    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


    Join The Spark Joy Club today!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    Learning what a color palette is all about and how it can help you find more joy in your wardrobe
    Can a color palette help you in your KonMari journey? Yes!
    How Jeannie became the Color Guru and how she works with her clients
    What are the different color “families” and how do they differ?
    Jeannie and Kristyn go in depth about the revelations Kristyn learned from her own color consultation with the Color Guru
    Discover new ideas and great tips for how to make your colors work for you


    Jeannie's favorite tidying tip:
    “I have arranged my clothes in order of color instead of type. I love that my colors all work together.” *If you follow Jeannie's suggestion that you should only buy things that work with things already in your closet, this will help you easily pull outfits together!


    What sparks joy for Jeannie:
    Jeannie has been thrilled with her blooming Peonies in her garden this year.


    To connect with Jeannie, you can find her at YourColorGuru.com
    And, she’s on Instagram @yourcolorguru


    Just for Spark Joy Listeners:
    The Color Guru is offering you 10% off of any color consultation or gift color consultation! The coupon code to use is “SparkJoy”.


    Gems:
    "It’s not our fault that we have trouble knowing what works for us colorwise, we are all just guessing."
    "Wow, I don’t wear these colors, but they are in my home."
    "We get so many messages about what we should want to buy, that we stop trusting our own intuition."
    "Understanding your shape and style is important as well. Color and style all work together"
    "Does this purchase work with at least five other things in my closet?"


    You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
    You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy
    Special Guest: Jeannie Stith-Mawhinney .

    • 30 min
    Ep 139 | KonMari Quick Tips: Safe Summer Fun 2020

    Ep 139 | KonMari Quick Tips: Safe Summer Fun 2020

    Today’s KonMari Quick Tips episode is about having Safe Summer Fun in 2020.


    Summer means fun outdoor activities, events, markets, vacations and an easier, more relaxed way of life. At least-that’s what summer usually is all about. But, this is a summer like no other for most of us. No matter where you are in the world, it’s likely that you’ll be much more mindful about where you’re going and how you’re spending your time. If you are looking for ideas, this episode is for you!


    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.


    KonMari Quick Tips:



    Be mindful of good, preventative actions that will keep you and your family safe.
    Explore your Vision for a safe Summer. Let your vision be your guide!
    Look into Thrillist.com and consider one of their local newsletters for up to date activities-virtual and in person. Karin loves the NYC newsletter that arrives every Friday morning. You can select your own town to get one just for you!
    Learn a new skill. Kristyn recommends:
    Dabble
    I Can't Podcast - virtual workshop on July 9
    Share your voice in your community. Check out virtual town hall and city hall meetings and get involved. Most are virtual now and it’s an easy way to know what is going on.
    Find your favorite musical artist online. Many of them are hosting virtual events on Instagram and YouTube. (examples: @dnice and @verzuztv
    Explore your local parks and nature centers. Bonus points for visiting ones you have never been to before.
    Consider getting into one of your “someday” activities. Have you always wanted to start painting or cross-stitch? What about catching up on your reading or movie list? Maybe explore new methods of photo organizing (see Spark Joy Episode 55.
    Support your local businesses! They need you and will be glad to welcome you back.
    Begin that big organization or home renovation project you have always wanted to do. You may have a better idea of how your home can best serve you and your family now, and this would be a great time to make changes that will bring you more joy at home


    We are pleased to introduce the following new member of The Spark Joy Club, joining at the Joy Sparker level:
    Welcome!


    Jessica Shepard


    Join over 180 serious Tidiers who are making 2020 their very last year of being disorganized. We welcome you to extended conversation around taking action, living, and maintaining a tidy lifestyle. Please join the conversation by visiting sparkjoypodcast.com and selecting Join the Club


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

    • 13 min
    Ep 138 | Downsizing 101 with Marni Jameson

    Ep 138 | Downsizing 101 with Marni Jameson

    Marni Jameson, author and columnist, joins us to discuss the difficult, emotional journey of downsizing your home or your aging parents' home.


    Marni is a nationally syndicated columnist, author, journalist, TV guest, speaker and America’s most-loved home and lifestyle expert. Her weekly column “At Home with Marni Jameson” appears in papers nationwide reaching millions of readers. An award-winning journalist, Marni is also the author of five books, including Downsizing the Family Home and Downsizing the Blended Home.


    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


    Join The Spark Joy Club today!


    In this episode, you’ll enjoy:



    The personal event that sparked Marni's interest in writing about the process of downsizing her family's home
    Where to start when it comes to downsizing and the emotions attached with the activity
    Questions to ask yourself (beyond "does it spark joy?") when you're deep in legacy management
    How Marni made decisions about childhood memories


    Spark Joy Episode 7 - Design and the Future of Minimalism

    The importance of keeping the end game in mind
    The difference between an antique and a valuable antique - it's all about what the market wants!
    Tips on compromising about what to keep/discard when you are downsizing a blended home
    How Marni knew when to lean on professionals during the process


    Example: Everything But the House (feat. in Spark Joy Episode 44 or Maxsold

    Marni's tips for those those who are downsizing


    Marni's favorite tidying tip:
    -Two phrases that are off limits in her household: "for now" and/or "later"
    -Clear counters - put it away! (visual harmony and peace)


    What sparks joy for Marni:
    Her yard and backyard oasis


    To connect with Marni Jameson, you can find her at marnijameson.com


    Just for Spark Joy Listeners:
    1) Email Marni at marni@marnijameson.com using the subject line "Spark Joy Special"
    2) Within the email indicate which book you'd like to purchase ("Downsizing the Family Home" or "Downsizing the Blended Home") through Marni's team
    3) Receive your book plus a FREE copy of Downsizing the Family Home: WORKBOOK, which retails for $15 (offer available for 10 lucky Spark Joy listeners!)


    Gems:
    "You want to honor the family legacy, and memory and history, but you can't take it all with you."
    "When everything is important, nothing is important."
    "I have enough. They are alive in my heart."
    "It's important for parents to not be a storage locker for their kids."
    "You can't hold on to everything and you have to learn to evolve and roll forward and be present in who you are now."
    "Has it served its useful life?"
    "It's freeing to let things go and realize they have served their purpose."
    "I love stuff. I just don't want to have something that's not me anymore, that's not useful to me anymore, or not who I am today."


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

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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227 Ratings

ravens fan 52 ,

Joy to listen!

I found your podcast and absolutely fell in love with you both! Two years ago I was going through cancer treatments and told my husband, that is it we are buying a house.” Since I was in treatment, cleaning out items that did not spark joy, we’re not really on the agenda, & they moved to the new house. I have started the process of clearing out items that don’t bring me joy over the last few years. My husband knows I love to toss / donate & give stuff away. I dove in pretty hard when Covid started.I find your podcast incredibly inspirational with lots of ideas. I love listening to podcasts when I am walking and cleaning the house. I wish you both the best and I’m excited to learn more.

ECL00061 ,

Wonderful podcast

This show was my first exposure to podcasts! It is so informative and inspirational. Can’t recommend it enough.

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 ✨

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