New Year New Tidy
By now we’re sure you have heard about the Netflix phenom “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. Marie (along with her ebullient interpreter, Marie Iida) gently guides clutter-bugs to edit their stuff-laden homes. Since 2016, the best selling author has become a cultural phenom with her KonMari Method: keep the things you love “that spark your joy”, thank the things you do not love for their service, kindly discard and achieve maximum joy through the “art of tidy”.
Full disclosure, I could only get through one episode. There obviously are ‘other issues’ at hand when people live in semi-functional squalor and I get squeamish watching people struggle. However, this show is not hoarders - it’s your random every day ‘omg I’m just too tired from life to pick this stuff up’ exhaustion which hits entirely too close to home!
My personal take away from the first episode was at least the impetus to clean my nightmare bedroom closet. I had so much stuff in there that I could barely open the door — completely nonfunctional and extremely stressful. By the end of just one afternoon, I had a haul of 3 giant bags of clothes to donate to the Salvation Army. I did use the Kondo method to fold my clothes which was oddly satisfying.
I will say, The KonMari Method is a success, even if it’s to give you a quick spurt of motivation to get your home in order so that you can get your brain in order which will ultimately get your life in order. That said, the principal of clearing your home to make room for new things and experiences is not exactly innovative — your mom has been telling you to do this for years!
If you’re not ready to bid your 5K race tee-shirts from years agone a tearful farewell, THIS list is a great guideline to a deep cleaning purge purge!
Happy Cleaning and our wishes for a Tidy and Prosperous New Year!