Keeping up with New Year traditions, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo gives us an insightful look at making a house a home.
To kickstart the year, Netflix is in trend with the tiresome New Year resolutions, that people promise to themselves on social media. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo opens up a profession that I didn’t even know existed. Marie Kondo is a Japanese organization consultant and makes a living by teaching people how to keep their homes tidy and daily lives organized.
Marie Kondo is someone who exists in my spirit. This is the type of life I live for. In the opening episode, Marie Kondo meets a young married couple with two children, and the main sore point of their marriage is how their house does not fulfill them due to untidiness and lack of organization. As someone who can intimately relate, I can completely understand how this can deeply hurt a relationship. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo demonstrates people coming to terms with their daily living, and slowly but surely making a house a home.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo does not strike me as an eye-opener, as most of the techniques that Marie Kondo teaches are hardly revolutionary. How to fold clothes, categorizing the garage and letting go of items sounds logical, but what you learn in the Netflix reality series is that people tend to assign stress to those activities. Marie Kondo teaches a spiritual and therapeutic way of dealing with these tasks, which brings people closer together rather than spitting insults at each other.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on paper sounds like a boring premise, but the tidying aspect is not the main subject of each episode – the people are. There is something admirable watching these couples face their truths; for instance, one couple openly admits in a disguised manner that their untidiness is preventing sex. The Netflix series does not sound like a great start to the year, but it is well worth the watch.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.