Marie Kondo’s new tv show, Tidying Up, debuted on Netflix on the first of the year. Of course I was interested in it. I read most of her book and tried the KonMari method. Sadly, it didn’t work that great for me.
I remember piling up a bunch of my clothes in the basement. I think I was on maternity leave. Anyway, I had a hard time figuring out if items sparked joy and ended up with just another pile of clothes on the couch in the basement for kind of a long time. So I wanted to see how it worked out for other people.
I’m only a few episodes in and I like the show, mostly, but I have one big problem with it –
I want more of it!
The episodes are short. In 35-45 minutes they are covering more than a month of these people’s lives! I know this because I’ve seen Day 41 pop up on the screen while I’m watching.
I’ve never even seen them talk about the 2nd or 3rd categories of items.
I get that it’s a tv show, but I want it to be more in-depth. We only get a glimpse of what is really going on.
I’m all for encouraging people to tidy their homes. I want everyone (myself included) to experience more joy in their homes and in their lives and I firmly believe that if your house is tidy, it has a positive effect on you. I just think it’s almost like false advertising in this format. Picture this:
You’re just going through your life and one day Marie Kondo shows up at your door. 30 minutes later you’ve confronted all your issues, figured out how you want to move forward with your life and tidied up your entire house.
Nope. Not really. Even with professional help it takes the people on the show more than a month to do it.
You see, I know this from experience. I know how much work it actually takes to do it because I’ve tried many things, and we basically just went through it again when we got our house ready to put on the market.
It took about a month and it was a lot of work, and we had help too. It was a big commitment and we didn’t even do the folding! Just moving stuff around and deciding what to get rid of.
It’s a great show to watch to get inspired, by the fact that other people have the same problems as you, other people have more stuff than you, it takes time to become good at it. It’s a little bit like Hoarders that way but there’s a much better outcome.
If you want to watch it just to get a better idea of how to actually implement the stuff in Marie’s book, do it.
Just be prepared to want more.