by Ellen Blake
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo debuted on Netflix on January 1st, just in time to motivate those with New Year’s resolutions to declutter their lives. The 8 episode show, based on Kondo’s 2011 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, is sparking joy in viewers and creating an organizing frenzy.
Tidying up is not a makeover show, and is not about decor or even the spectacle of mess. It’s a non- judgemental show about cultivating empathy and appreciation for the material things that surround us. Kondo’s clients on the show include a messy couple who need to make their house livable before the baby comes, a widow struggling to let go of her husband’s possessions, and a family needing to downsize from a large house to a small apartment. The 8 episode show will make you laugh, cry and probably motivate you to finally clean out your closets.
Kondo’s gentle manner of encouraging tidying up seems to appeal to the masses, though there are people who seem to think she is on a mission to empty their homes. Book lovers are particularly wary of Kondo’s advice to get rid of unread books collecting dust just because you love books. She believes if you haven’t read it by now, you probably won’t. But that doesn’t mean you have to; as with any advice, you can choose to follow it or not. The basic premise is if something sparks joy and makes you feel good, keep it. Otherwise you don’t need it in your house.
Kondo has had a lifelong commitment to neatness according to a profile in the Wall Street Journal. As a young child, she “cleaned her siblings’ bedrooms. In grade school, she was the assigned class organizer.” She opened her organizing business at only age 19 and wrote her 2011 best-seller in response to requests from people on her lengthy waiting list. She wants to help others achieve the calm, motivated mindset she believes results from clearing clutter from your surroundings.
Whether or not you decide to follow Kondo’s advice, her show clearly is a hit among viewers who are having a ball documenting their obsession on social media.
Read more about Marie Kondo and her 7 ways to effectively declutter.
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