Netflix has been killing it over the past few weeks. First, with the ever-so-thrilling, Bird Box. And now, we’re on to something a bit lighter.
On the first day of 2019, Netflix brought us the gift of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it! Not only does the show provide a glimpse into the lives of your fellow humans, but it will also inspire you to take control of your life and free yourself from clutter. Also, Marie Kondo is probably the most delightful human being who has ever graced the planet. It is impossible to see her and not smile (and maybe cry a little bit, but out of happiness).
As with pretty much anything that happens these days, the Internet has some real thoughts about Tidying Up. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?
If you’re not already watching Tidying Up, it’s time to start.
It’s one of those rare shows that will simultaneously make you feel a little bit guilty about your life and inspire you to change it for the better.
It comes at the perfect time when everyone is ready to focus on their new year’s resolutions and make some positive changes in their lives.
It all started with a book.
You’ve probably heard about the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up before.
It’s a delightful little book that tells you the best way to fold everything. But in a way that’s not annoying.
Well, now that book is a Netflix show!
It’s hosted by Marie Kondo, creator of the KonMari method for tidying up your home.
She is an absolute delight.
After watching a single episode, you’re going to want to make some changes.
You’ll suddenly find yourself standing in front of your closet, wondering whether a cardigan you’ve had for three years “sparks joy.”
That’s the basis of the KonMari method. If something you own doesn’t spark joy, you should get rid of it. It’s not about getting rid of everything you own; rather, it’s about making sure that the things you bring into your home actually deserve to be there because they make your life better.
The first step is to go through your clothes.
You’re supposed to take every single piece of clothing you have and pile it up in one place.
Then, touch every single garment and ask yourself whether it sparks joy. If the answer is yes, fold it or hang it up. If it’s no, then thank the garment and get rid of it.
(Yes, saying “thank you” to whatever you get rid of is a big part of the KonMari method. It’s kind of lovely, don’t you think?)
Obviously, some people are a bit opposed to the idea.
After all, your stuff is YOUR STUFF.
Some people tend to get a bit defensive when they’re told to get rid of anything. Even if they’ll actually feel better in the long run!
Tackle that closet.
You have to admit that seeing a well-organized closet or set of drawers makes you feel better!
You don’t need Marie Kondo to tell you that.
The KonMari Method is very versatile.
You can also use the KonMari method to limit interactions with people who don’t spark joy.
You’ll still have to go to the DMV and deal with grouchy strangers every once in a while, but you can free yourself from toxic friendships and relationships!
Or you can just ignore the mess.
Marie would probably not approve, but she’s not here, is she?
I know that whenever I avoid my problems, they always magically disappear.
Does your friend spark joy?
Don’t forget to thank them!
Some people are seeing some benefits to everyone’s Tidying Up obsession.
In a few weeks, your local thrift store is probably going to be packed to the rafters with cool stuff that didn’t spark joy in its previous owner.
Maybe it will spark joy in you!
Marie has spoken.
Now’s probably a good time to work on sparking joy in other people, too.
You don’t want to end up in the trash pile.
Bird Box is out, Tidying Up is in.
The only boxes I want to see from now on are tiny ones that my socks fit perfectly inside.
Speaking of those boxes…
Marie appears to have an unlimited supply of tiny boxes that solve all of your organization problems.
I’ve spent hours at The Container Store and I still have no idea how she does it.
You’re doing it wrong.
Watching Tidying Up is also a great way to learn that you’ve been doing SO MANY things incorrectly for your entire life.
Think you know the best way to fold socks? You don’t!
This is how you’re supposed to do it, apparently:
Folding your socks in a ball is a big no-no according to the KonMari method.
I’m willing to concede that the folded socks look a lot better.
A lot of people think Marie Kondo’s house must be completely empty.
And sure, this is a very funny hot take.
But again — it’s not about minimalism; it’s about keeping the things that make you happy and getting rid of things that don’t. Maybe you have a lot of things that spark joy! That’s OK! Just keep them organized.
People are also freaking out about the books.
First of all, Marie is not coming for all of your books. Her method simply urges you to consider which books bring you joy. (And no, that doesn’t mean you can only keep happy books.)
As someone who has gotten rid of several hundred books over the past year, I have to say there’s something pretty great about curating a collection of books that speak to me as an individual. Plus, I finally have space on my shelves for new books now!
Saying something is “very American” is usually not a compliment.
Like, nine times out of ten, it is a way to throw shade. Maybe even ten times out of ten.
Parents have been doing something like this for years.
My parents could have been so successful if they’d written the book on decluttering 20 years ago.
Then again, “put all your kid’s junk in a giant garbage bag while your kid cries” doesn’t really have the same ring to it as the whole “spark joy” thing does.
No one is safe.
If you don’t spark joy, you’d better get a move on.
Otherwise, you are going into the bin bag.
And if you do spark joy? Well, prepare to be folded. I’m pretty sure that’s how that works.
Marie Kondo claims that everything can be folded.
I have to assume she means “everything except for fitted sheets, which are obviously the exception to ever KonMari rule.”
The KonMari method definitely sticks with you.
After watching a single episode, you’ll find yourself asking “does this spark joy?” about pretty much everything in your life.
That breath you took. Did it spark joy? I sure hope so.
Digital hoarders can benefit, too!
Apparently, cleaning out your computer is an advanced level of the KonMari method.
I think it’s probably where I would start, though. So. Many. Unread. Emails.
She also greets the house.
Before starting the decluttering journey, Marie Kondo kneels on the floor and greets the house, thanking it for providing a home for the family.
It’s so pure and wonderful and it makes me cry every time.
If this isn’t already in the works, it needs to be.
You hear me, Netflix? I assume you’re reading this.
Honestly, you could do a lot worse with your new year’s resolutions.
Marie Kondo is pretty much everything I want to be.
Even if she does have some pretty bananas ideas about folding.
I believe that it’s useful and effective.
But fun?! I don’t know about that.
The Laundry Couch.
Hey, does your Laundry Couch spark joy?
If so, then keep it!
For some people, watching the show scratches the same itch as actually doing the tidying yourself. And it saves time!
Share this with someone who’s KonMari-obsessed!