A new Netflix show has gained popularity for something different than most original Netflix series. “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” is not a regular TV show, with specific characters and plot line set every episode. However boring it sounds, it is about the art of cleaning, and Marie Kondo is the host that will teach you a lot about the importance of organized space.
Who is Marie Kondo? At the young age of 19 she became a tidying expert after getting a degree in consulting businesses. According to her website “Marie was enchanted with organizing since her childhood”. Her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” became a New York Times bestselling book. The book had a huge impact on many of its buyers. Some of the readers also consider the book a “Decluttering Bible”.
Kondo is not an interior designer or a critic, she is simply a mom and a housewife that likes to see her house clean. What makes her different is that she uses the art of tidying up to transform people’s lives. Kondo believes that all the objects in the house have eternal meaning. She teaches people to have empathy for such objects and to appreciate their value. The most common phrase that you can hear Marie Kondo say in her Netflix show is “does this item spark joy?”
The six basic rules of tidying.
- Commit yourself to tidying up.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
- Finish discarding first.
- Tidy by category, not location.
- Follow the right order.
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
Over years, Kondo also developed the KonMari method (Marie Kondo method) , on which most of her decluttering job and book are based. One conclusion that you can draw from her series is that you don’t try to organize everything at once. You begin with one room, one drawer or a specific category of items like clothing. For example in the episode of the show about the young family of 4, most of the space was taken up by big piles of cloth, whether it is wife’s, husband’s, or their children’s. After looking into the closet, Kondo could quickly tell that most of the pieces are not even being worn. One of the biggest believes of KonMari method is based on is accessibility. Everything you own should be seen and easily accessed at any time.
The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items.” -Marie Kondo
Just like that, KonMari method has a different set of rules and practices that could be followed in order to change your space at home. Even before the release of her bestseller, Marie Kondo was already widely known for her cleaning magic. There were so many requests to hire her that someone would need to book a year in advance. Because of such demand, Kondo started training special consultants that are taught the KonMari method first hand, which add up to 456 experts throughout the world.