MY (Re)View: FIGHTING CLUTTER WITH MARIE KONDO
I’m not sure who generously gifted me Marie Kondo’s tidying tome in 2014, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, but once I finished reading it, all my jeans were immediately folded into threes.
No. Questions. Asked.
Unfortunately, I stopped with my clothes and shoes, while the rest of the clutter stayed put.
Fast forward five years aka now and my scaredy-cat-ass wasn’t about to Netflix and chill with Bird Box, so I wholeheartedly embraced Marie’s new show based on the book and her decluttering system instead. I set out to binge-watch episodes on how I’m actually supposed to be folding my socks and jeans via Konamari Method Mama herself. And with Game of Thrones also still 3 months away, I decided to go all in.
What’s the verdict? To say it simply, the show AND Marie Kondo are lovely. She seems sincerely infatuated with tackling “messes” and helping people tackle theirs. I enjoy watching folks who do work that they’re passionate about and Marie is definitely living her best life. Her love for cleaning literally becomes contagious.
I’ve heard from folks, many I know, who have benefited greatly by trying her methods and following a lot of her advice. I’ve also read some critics semi-bashing the show, stating it’s basically unrealistic. To that, I would advise that they just not watch the show, read the book and/or try the Konmari method. I gather it could be that easy.
You know, swipe left.
For me, I guess I swiped right and so did my husband. We happily drank Marie’s kook-aid. Admittedly, I had to make my husband watch the first episode, but homeboy’s now way ahead of me in the de-cluttering phase. Has it been helpful? Hell to the MF yes. I didn’t mean to sound so vexed there because the whole process has actually been joyful. It’s a lot of work, but I think worth trying out if the method “speaks” to you. A cluttered house, office, Subaru, desk, laundry room, etc., can also feel like a cluttered brain, so this process has made things feel lighter for me.
Now go fold your jeans into threes.