The start of a new year is typically when people make their resolutions. That’s why they are called New Year’s Resolutions. One of the top ten resolutions continually is getting organized. In addition, the organizing industry considers January as Get Organized month otherwise known as GO month. With the debut of the new show on Netflix, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” this year is starting off to be the year of or at least the month of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Since the show started airing on January 1st I can’t tell you how many people have asked for my opinion and thoughts. What do I think? Do I follow her methods? Does it work with clients? Do I agree with her? These questions and so many more have been asked of me and has made me think about it way more than I would like to. So, I am finally taking the time to give you my thoughts aka my take on “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” Because let’s face it, I have lots of opinions about a lot of things and especially this topic since it’s what I do every day.
Before I get into the pros and cons, I noticed a few things worth mentioning. Now I’m not sure if the way they do things in Japan are different than the way we do things here but I definitely noticed some things that made me think “hmmmm.” (Remember that old saying from Arsenio Hall? Who you might ask? Well, that’s a topic for another day.) The first thing that confused me was the greeting of the house. I find it, let’s say, interesting that she wants to greet the house as opposed to the people that live there “greeting” the house. As I watched episode after episode, I wondered what she was saying to herself during this time. Or is the greeting a form of mediation? Not quite sure. She also uses the phrase tidying up in lieu of organizing and she mentions tidying as cleaning. Most of the professional organizers including myself never consider ourselves “cleaners.” If we are, then we are very overpriced “cleaners” then. Lastly, when you say the phrase “tidying up,” to me that implies a quick sprucing up compared to the actual organizing process which gives the impression of a complete overall.
The main thing that everyone keeps talking about is the fact that Maire Kondo insists that san item should spark joy if it is meant to be kept. The one big take away that I got from the show is that this whole idea of sparking joy is just a catch phrase. When a client on one of the episodes had a really hard time letting something go and couldn’t really say it if sparked joy, she then asked do you see it moving forward with you in the rest of your life? That is more in line with how most of the professional organizers I know work with clients.
So with that being said now I will tell you what I liked about the show. My pros. And again, this is just in my opinion.
Now let’s talk about the cons.
The bottom line is whatever motivates you to get organized is fine with me. I would imagine that people are not going to empty their whole house to find the items that spark joy but they may be proactive and actually find a professional organizer to work with. A win-win for everyone involved.
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