Netflix’s ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ Is Sparking Joy All Over The Internet
It’s a new year, and with a new year come new year’s resolutions that most of us will give up on in less than two weeks. Fortunately, magical organisation fairy Marie Kondo is here to help with at least one resolution: The resolution to stop sleeping in a nest of clothes and miscellany like a burrowing rodent.
Netflix released season one of its new series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo yesterday, kicking off 2019 by having the titular household sorceress show us how to stop being such damn disasters. Over the eight episodes, Kondo visits various American families and helps them to declutter and organise their homes using her famous KonMari method.
This method involves many tiny boxes and unfamiliar new folding strategies but is most well known for encouraging people to get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy” in them. “You feel it when you hold a puppy, or when you wear your favourite outfit,” says Kondo in the first episode, translated from Japanese. “It’s a warm and positive feeling.”
i know i'll like "tidying up with marie kondo" a minute in because one category encompasses like five rooms of the house and another is just "books" pic.twitter.com/AI5PaUB7Zl
— em cassel (@biketrouble) January 2, 2019
i did a deeeeep konmari last summer and my winter thermals didn't spark any joy so now a bitch just walks around cold thanks marie kondo smh
— rawiya kameir (@rawiya) January 1, 2019
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo tries to take the stress out of cleaning by teaching you a simple method of tidying and empowering you to try it. It isn’t the most exciting or riveting reality television show (that honour goes to MasterChef Australia), but it is soothing viewing that could actually inspire you to make a change in your life.
In fact, many binge-watchers infected by Kondo’s enthusiasm and relaxed approach to cleaning are now attacking their closets, pouring all the determination that January 1 bestows into applying her KonMari method.
I’m 2 episodes into Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and all the clothes I own are already on my bed 🙄 pic.twitter.com/EHn9zFb7Rj
— Maggie May 🥀👻 (@Flannel_Planet) January 2, 2019
— Dr Tracey Jensen (@Drtraceyjensen) January 3, 2019
tfw you tune into that new marie kondo show and you suddenly have newly organized shelves and two large donation piles ✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/huxCxwFVT6
— betty felon (@bettyfelon) January 2, 2019
I watched 2 episodes of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix today. I then cleaned out & organized my pantry, six kitchen drawers, our home office & three closets. Every human in the house has been notified that if they mess w/ my spark they shall face my wrath. pic.twitter.com/i0oRVh4skC
— Esmeralda Bermudez 🦅 (@LATbermudez) January 2, 2019
Of course, some have been more successful than others.
This is what happens when you and your husband both have ADHD and you watch the first episode of the Marie Kondo Netflix show
…there is no joy in this pile of clothes, guys pic.twitter.com/315aN4eRpr
— Kerrie Colleen Byrne (@kercoby) January 2, 2019
Pro tip: dont try to marie kondo your closet on a weeknight pic.twitter.com/xvoJjad5sq
— Malaka🌹Gharib (@MalakaGharib) January 3, 2019
How am I supposed to pile all of my clothing on my bed while I have to be in my bed I DIDN'T NEED THIS
— Rae Johnston (@raejohnston) January 2, 2019
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo presents cleaning as not just a matter of organisation, but as something that can have an impact on your mentality and interpersonal relationships. In the first episode, a young couple with two small children improve their relationship by having a place for everything and getting rid of several garbage bags full of clothes. Because life is better when you aren’t arguing about where to put your 200 coathangers.
*marie kondo returns after one week*
marie: this place still looks like ass. clean your fucking shit up
him: we just feel so much closer because of marie
her: she saved our marriage
— Kevin Nguyen (@knguyen) January 2, 2019
Marie Kondo is definitely a witch. A good witch! But a witch of household charms and spells nonetheless. pic.twitter.com/IZnQ0xsDCe
— ella dawson (@brosandprose) January 2, 2019
Seeing a pair of pants spark joy in a woman also sparked a conversation in my family about the things we choose to keep and discard, and how we approach tidying up. I am slightly afraid of what I will return home to today.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is very gentle, optimistic viewing, and perfect for getting you in the mood to try living like a human being in 2019. But if you’re going to watch it you should be prepared to handle the cleaning fever that may overcome you, as well as to seriously consider whether your underwear sparks joy.
Can't tell if Marie Kondo would designate my dildos as "komono" or "sentimental."
— Bowen Yang (@bowenyang) January 2, 2019