Are You Ready to Declutter Your Home?
Marie Kondo is a force to be reckoned with. She looks and sounds sweet and demure, but after just a few moments of watching her new Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" it was obvious to me that this woman means business.
Kondo first became popular in the states when her book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" became a New York Times bestseller. I have a feeling that this Netflix series is going to take her to a whole new level!
I'm a naturally nosey person, so I knew this show would be a must see for me. Add to that my unwavering need to purge my home every 6 months and I knew I'd be hooked! I thought that this show would be somewhat like another favorite of mine, Hoarding: Buried Alive, but I was pleasantly surprised at the differences.
Instead of houses full of trash, animal feces and obviously WAY too much junk, Kondo introduces the viewers to people that are just like us.
A SAHM of two small children overwhelmed by housework, a newly retired couple ready to live the rest of their lives in comfort, a family forced to downsize along with a move, and a grieving widow.
And therein lies the magic.
Everyone on the show is relatable, likable and almost eerily similar to us, the viewers.
Who can't sympathize with the grandmother who has way too many Nutcrackers, or the mother overwhelmed by load after load of laundry?
Which means that Kondo's advice is actually helpful to all of us watching. As I cringed when looking at the huge piles of clothing, I knew mine would probably be at least as large theirs.
I love that Kondo doesn't do any of the work for them. She instructs them on the best way to tidy up and then leaves, checking in again a few weeks later with advice on how to take the next step or attack the next mess.
Admittedly, despite my twice yearly purging, there are still a few spots in my home that need attention. My office corner is now screaming at me to declutter it, and don't get me started on our junk drawer. Personally, I'm going to wait until we get my flooded basement fixed before I dive in (pun intended) and tidy these problem areas up.
But, when it's time, I am definitely going to follow the KonMari Method!
What about you, are you ready to declutter your home?