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  1. It’s a reference to Marie Kondo, star of the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Wikipedia: “Kondo’s method of organising is known as the KonMari method, and consists of gathering together all of one’s belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that “spark joy” (ときめく tokimeku, the word in Japanese, means “flutter, throb, palpitate”), and choosing a place for everything from then on.”

    For fireworks, of course, sparking joy is not necessarily so great.

  2. And my first comment, by “Usual,” is in moderation, so identifying myself is itself a mystery. Anyway, the comic is a Marie Kondo reference.

  3. Andréa & Usual John have it. But Red should, instead, be afraid of anything that joy sparks.

  4. I want to know if Marie Kondo finds that her toilet bowl cleaner sparks joy – or if she got rid of it.

    My general thought on her “spark joy” method is that I would standing naked in the street – on most days with Robert – also naked – as my clothing serves the purpose of covering my body in an acceptable way – it does not strike joy, neither does Robert’s for him or me, nor does our house or anything else – including the @##! second new refrigerator we just got after the first new one was damaged and did not work (a week and a half without a functioning fridge) nor does the new computer monitor we ran out today and bought as mine bit the dust. Probably the “bears” would us. Some days he would not be with me.

    It is not a good theory as there are so many things that one needs to run their household that serve their purpose and are needed, but do not spark joy – just serve their purpose.

    (And with my odd sense of organization and keeping of stuff, I am an expert on reading books on decluttering and organizing – nothing like a good afternoon or evening at Barnes & Nobles reading the latest book on same – buying the book would just lead to more stuff in the house and the local Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Savers have all been closed so I have to figure out where to get rid of stuff short of throwing it out.)

  5. At another point, he actually utters the word “Joy!” about his litter box…

    “My first material possession! Oh, joy! I can hardly wait to try it!” ―Stimpy, upon receiving the litter box for the first time.

  6. @Meryl A – a friend who is more familiar with Marie Kondo says that stuff that is necessary for your life is given an exception. I haven’t read her book myself, but the impression I get is that “which ones spark joy” is for deciding which of your excessive number of useful items (or non-useful items) to keep. What helped me realise that there was no way I could understand her clients, was a gifset of her explaining that even if you never wore a shirt, you can appreciate it for teaching you that you didn’t like that kind of shirt. The kind of lifestyle in which her methods make sense is the kind of lifestyle where you would buy a shirt that you don’t actually need or like.

  7. I read her first book and it does not make exception for needed items – it talks about “everything” in one’s house, I kept looking for an exemption for everything. Even in terms of things such as clothing – my clothing sparks no joy, it just serves to cover my body so I am appropriate to where I have go (generally craft store tee shirts – the ones they sell to decorate because they sell for US$5 or 3/US$10 on sale, jeans, white cotton socks and boys skateboard sneakers – no joy, just inexpensive and passable clothing. My laptop sparks no joy – it is horrible and I would love my old XP laptops back. My new monitor for my desktop – I hate it and wish my old one still worked.

    In addition in her book that was released in the US she talks about closets as they are, apparently, in Japan. I had been confused about what she was saying about same until I happened on a Japanese movie and the woman was going about her house and her closet was a small store room -no bars or shelves and she could walk around in it. This is closer to the meaning of closet in the 1700s when it was a private room where one closeted oneself away. Which made me understand why she talked about a putting one’s dresser in one’s closet – none of the closets in our house are full height all the way across. They are about 2.5 ft to 3ft across, less than 2 feet deep. The ceilings upstairs are the same 7.5 ft in height as the ceiling is after one is in from the angled roof of the house. My closet is 4ft tall on the right side as the stair case ceiling rises through the floor (and there is matching closet in the bedroom on the other side of the house) and the other closets upstairs are 4 ft at the roof line as the roof line comes down through them. Even back home when I was a girl and the closet was full height – it was no larger inside. Not something that one could put their dresser in.

  8. Oh, forgot – I hate my cell phone (android) and was not happy with the Blackberry before it – I did love my Palm Centro but it was no longer usable with the systems that exist and is only used as a PDA in the house now.

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