Marie Kondo: Sparking joy in households

Netflix’s New Show: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Netflix’s New Show: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

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BRUNSWICK, OH- Ringing in the new year was not only full of parties and countdowns, but it also brought new shows on the hit streaming website, Netflix. Many shows have gotten their rumblings, but the most talk has come from Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

People are beginning to reorganize and declutter their homes with the show’s help, so much so that organizations helping those in need are receiving overflowing amounts of donations. Not only is tidying helping the needy but decluttering has proven to have tremendous health benefits.

The leader in decluttering, Regina Leeds, commented to CNN, “By clearing space, we do more than just save time and money. We raise our self-esteem and shift energy. We open ourselves up to change and are in a better position to reach our potential.

If you think of decluttering as a shower for how you live, then it is more surprising people don’t tidy up every few weeks or so. The space you live in has a direct effect on your routine and outlook. A dirty space is like a long checklist; it can be overwhelming and feel impossible to accomplish anything. Just like that to-do list, the mess does not vanish on its own, which is why organizing has become a new profession.

The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) explains, “We believe that without basic organizing and productivity skills, people can find it difficult or impossible to make important, positive shifts in their lives. Supporting the Public Awareness pillar of the NAPO mission, we aim to make a difference in every life we touch and to help others understand the benefits of being more organized and productive.

NAPO has a governing body, university, and certification to become a professional organizer. They currently have 3,500 members in their organization. They hold the ethical principals of working relationships, confidentiality, and reasonable fees and services. With the debut of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the popularity of NAPO and its values may increase.  

These professionals are offering roadmaps for people who do not know where to start the decluttering process. Kondo holds a unique approach, the KonMari method, on her show by confronting closets first. The idea is to put all of your clothing into one large pile and digest the enormity of these materials. What makes her an icon is how she teaches her viewers to get rid of their clothes.

Kondo explains on her show, “You will only keep items that spark joy for you. The important piece is to hold each item, and when you touch the item that sparks joy you’ll feel a ‘ching.’ When you let go of an item you must thank it. ”

Not only has this motto resonated with those on the show, but it has sparked a newfound joy in viewers. Many are decluttering while or after watching the show.

Senior Alana Melvin explains, “I reorganized all my drawers of clothing and folded my shirts and pants like the way Kondo did in the show. Marie Kondo makes families and people happier because they are able to be proud of their home and not be stressed about having to worry about the amount of stuff they have laying around.

This show activates its viewers to realize that organizing is a skill that is learned with patience and practice in hopes to pass along a culture of respect for all we have. If you need any motivation to get cleaning, be sure to watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.