Decluttering Done Right: Marie Kondo Stars In New Netflix Series "Tidying Up"
A clean slate—it’s what the new year is all about. Hit refresh. It’s the chance to start over, and during this time of the year, we tend to feel the need to get rid of unnecessary things in various aspects of our lives, and go through a much-needed cleansing process.
You know you want to start the year right, but how or where do you start?
This is where this new Netflix series comes in, giving homeowners solutions to the ever-present problem of decluttering. With the help of world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo, the new 8-episode series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which premiered last January 1, has been inspiring households the world over to give her decluttering and organizing philosophy a try. Her famous KonMari Method follows the Japanese Art of paring down one's possessions.
This cultural phenomenon encourages people to organize their stuff by category—from clothes, books, paper, "komono" (kitchen, bathroom, garage, and miscellaneous), and lastly, the sentimental items. She advises one to touch and feel each item and keep it if it "sparks joy" and discard it if it doesn’t. “Thank them for their service—then let them go,” she says.
This minimalist mindset has urged her fans and 800,000-strong Instagram follower base to, well, follow suit. Marie Kondo's popularity is credited to her 2012 international best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and if you've read it and think her written pieces of advice are motivating enough, wait till you watch her talk about real solutions as she visits American family homes and helps the owners go through all their piled-up stuff on her Netflix show; you're going to want to start sorting your things ASAP.
Her graceful and sophisticated way of cleaning and purging a space is a skill she’s embraced with the lifestyle she has become accustomed to. As someone obsessed in tidying up since she was a child, she put up her own organizing consultancy business at 19, while she’s still a student in Tokyo.
Also the author of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying, Marie is currently writing another book slated to be released in 2020. Marie also hosts talks and seminars on tidying up, and has launched her own app. It’s her way of life put in practice, and her style and passion are so contagious the viewers will easily find her show worth binge-watching.
If you haven’t jumped into the KonMari bandwagon yet, here’s a quick rundown of the client profiles that make up the episodes of Tidying Up:
- Episode 1: Tidying With Toddlers
- A couple hopes to end the "chaos" in their kitchen, closet, and kids' playroom
- Episode 2: Empty Nesters
- ?A retired couple wants to sort out all the memorabilia from their past, including Christmas décor and old family photographs
- Episode 3: The Downsizers
- A family in a cramped apartment wants to maximize their space with efficient storage solutions
- Episode 4: Sparking Joy After a Loss
- ?A widow finds it hard to let go of her beloved’s things
- Episode 5: From Students to Improvements
- ?Students sort out all their papers and gadgets
- Episode 6: Breaking Free from a Mountain of Stuff
- ?A couple learns the art of folding scarves and getting rid of old toys and unnecessary things in their garage
- Episode 7: Making Room for Baby
- Soon-to-be parents get tips on organizing their house in preparation for the arrival of their firstborn
- Episode 8: When Two (Messes) Become One
- Newlyweds discover the magic of boxes and how they help in keeping things tidy
Watch Tidying Up's Season 1, and here, you might just find the approach you need to finally do the spring-cleaning you’ve been meaning to do for the longest time—the KonMari way, of course.
Photos from @mariekondo