If you love to read, you’ve probably compiled a brag-worthy collection of books that speak to the many facets of your complex, erudite tastes. But how many have you read more than once — or at all?
That’s the question posed by lifestyle guru Marie Kondo in her new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Through her original home organization program, the KonMari method, Kondo challenges viewers to identify the items in their house that truly “spark joy,” and part with the rest for a less cluttered life. Yes, even books.
For many, Kondo has lifted the burden of unnecessarily accumulated objects and helped to illustrate the dangers of rabid consumerism. But for home library devotees, her advice has felt like a personal attack.
Before she was a hit on Netflix, Marie Kondo actually detailed her organization process in a book.
I like Marie Kondo's book and think it's genuinely helpful! Here are some of the tips from it that have stuck with… https://t.co/YaZRIhUw5U— rachel miller ✊🏽🏳️🌈 (@rachel miller ✊🏽🏳️🌈)1547493746.0
The book has steadily gained notoriety since 2012, and her new Netflix show burst onto the scene early this year.
KonMari Method tips for folding, organizing and decluttering from 'Tidying Up with Marie Kondo' on Netflix… https://t.co/e7HfdhzeYp— Newsweek (@Newsweek)1546843509.0
It’s literally changing lives.
*Watches Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix... rushes to T-shirt drawer* I’ve always been a bit of a neat frea… https://t.co/zSeA6j2O17— Rachelle Spence (@Rachelle Spence)1547496760.0
It only takes one watch...
*watches marie kondo once* https://t.co/CT4lh3Wzom— •°🌼•°•°HONGJOONG DAY🌸•°🌹°•° (@•°🌼•°•°HONGJOONG DAY🌸•°🌹°•°)1547434051.0
The movement is pretty overwhelming in the best way.Marie Kondo’s “spark joy" methodology is encouraging viewers to not only clean their homes but rediscover what they love about their favorite things.
But sometimes it’s just plain overwhelming.
Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by Marie Kondo. #imapieceofgarbage #whoneedsthatmanypairsofpants https://t.co/bD7OHrBI3V— Hailey Sledge (@Hailey Sledge)1547497287.0
Many are taking the advice very seriously.Ok, so this is a bit of an exaggeration, but the level of minimalism is aspirational.
Some are taking her advice on books seriously.
Unread books "Sometime" means "never" From "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up" by @MarieKondo Photo from… https://t.co/lJFCdQp1JV— Eunice 💛 (@Eunice 💛)1546602620.0
The opinion quickly sparked a debate among avid book lovers.
Do NOT listen to Marie Kondo or Konmari in relation to books. Fill your apartment & world with them. I don’t give a… https://t.co/R8PzvVBt1q— Anakana Schofield (@Anakana Schofield)1546555273.0
A lot of people were in agreement with Schofield’s pro-library stance.Many felt that books are the real life-changing magic, not an ultra-tidy house.
Tensions ran high.
Wait Marie Kondo is telling people to toss their books? THEIR BOOKS? https://t.co/QQxAXwk3Sq— Joanna Robinson 🇺🇸✌️🏳️🌈 (@Joanna Robinson 🇺🇸✌️🏳️🌈)1546582237.0
Keep your books!
Keep your books. The ones you read long ago. The ones you *might* read. The ones you know you probably never will. Keep. Them.— Joanna Robinson 🇺🇸✌️🏳️🌈 (@Joanna Robinson 🇺🇸✌️🏳️🌈)1546582823.0
People truly felt called out.
i feel so attacked https://t.co/V3ogMxxXUA— mights (@mights)1546575228.0
Even avid fans were torn.
I'm a Marie Kondo devotee, but I disagree with her when it comes to books. Books are works of art. They enrich a re… https://t.co/OkgQt2C3uK— GreekGirl (@GreekGirl)1546611656.0
At least there were some creative solutions.
Is this what Marie Kondo meant by only keeping books that "spark joy"? https://t.co/XuSYtvbJz5— Jamie Ford (@Jamie Ford)1547497002.0
A whole library even weighed in.
OK Marie. We need to talk 📚 #MarieKondo https://t.co/UDO1L625Ce— Hitchin Library (@Hitchin Library)1547463608.0
The book rage wave was soon met with another perspective...
how people see Marie Kondo https://t.co/mcKgfiXUNA— Erika W. Smith (@Erika W. Smith)1547486143.0
Reformed home-library fans added their voices to the discussion.Apparently, letting go of all those books really opened him up.
The debate reached new heights.
Marie Kondo has proved irrefutably that no one is more annoying than people who think owning a lot of books is a personality.— Patricia Theresa McCarthy (@Patricia Theresa McCarthy)1547477134.0
In reality, Kondo’s dissenters are actually adhering to her teachings.
@adamblust @bibliothug @AnakanaSchofiel THANK YOU. Ironically, the people complaining about Marie are following her… https://t.co/dQYudM9hd6— Miss Eva (@Miss Eva)1546615521.0
Here’s what Kondo is really saying.
@courtneymilan also, to add onto your thread, she specifically says people have different concepts of enough and us… https://t.co/VEn4eSIQD3— 🕸 (@🕸)1547351283.0
In a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview, Marie Kondo explores what it means to “spark joy."
From Marie Kondo’s Reddit AMA 4 years ago. I really love her answer here, and it’s a great lesson in gratitude as w… https://t.co/NFoytChMds— Magenta (@Magenta)1547456122.0
Many fans feel the KonMari process is inherently respectful.
@AshleyEsqueda @jowrotethis I watched 4 episodes of the show and so far she seems really respectful of what people… https://t.co/2I8FAqiIuM— Mariam Watt (@Mariam Watt)1546632298.0
It is also not mandatory.Those who took issue with Kondo’s advice can also take comfort in the fact that they are not required to follow it.
Some found the entire debate pretty pointless.The many tweets arguing Kondo’s pros and cons did not spark joy.
Ultimately every person will continue doing a version of what they were doing anyway.
I love books, but keep only those ones I love. I hate to have old dusty piles of anything cluttering the space ther… https://t.co/fXbRbyO8wu— Azahar (@Azahar)1546591524.0
Or maybe a few will take her advice to the extreme.
me, after watching marie kondo: https://t.co/iCbgmSnVNl— jmar (@jmar)1547444002.0
I mean, she probably doesn’t care what you do with your books.
No, Marie Kondo Doesn’t Want You To Throw Away All Your Books: https://t.co/hFMuUsPUPc https://t.co/CNhCwTjZj7— Book Riot (@Book Riot)1547490636.0
And people are still pretty psyched to KonMari their messy houses.Marie Kondo is saving the world, one junk drawer at a time.
If you’re like me, you’re really just waiting for that sweet thrift store haul.
On New Year's Day, Netflix released the series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo," a minimalist home/life improvement sh… https://t.co/qKABf43qe8— Thrifty Shopper (@Thrifty Shopper)1547424010.0