The life-changing 'magic' of Marie Kondo

April 03, 2020
Marie Kondo

MARIE Kondo is an expert in cleaning and organizing who’s a celebrity in her own right. Have you heard of her? These days when we have so much more idle time in our hands, one thing we can do is clean our rooms, our homes, and this is where Marie can help you: in getting rid of all your accumulated clutter.

She has a hit show on Netflix, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”, for which she even got a Primetime Emmy Award nomination as outstanding reality show host. It has eight episodes that tell you how to improve your homes, with Marie and her interpeter who translates her lines from Japanese to English. They always have an umbrella, reminding us Mary Poppins, the popular British nanny who also helps put homes in order.

In every episode, Marie visits a different home to personally put her cleaning procedures into practice. The basic rule for an object to be kept and not thrown away is for it to “spark joy”, creating feelings of comfort and happiness, and give homes more breathing room. For her, even the right way of folding clothes and other things like linen become a way of life or philosophy. The reasons why the families she visits accumulate so much junk and clutter allow viewers to relate with them. Despite the language barrier, Marie shines through as a lively and pleasant host who makes the right connection with the families she’s helping to sort out their mess and also with the viewers. She sells her clean up methods well, and with much contagious confidence, so it’s bound to have positive impact for you to realize that tidying or cleaning truly has a life-changing magic.

Her self-help books, notably “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, have been translated from Japanese into English, Korean, French, Italian, German, Chinese and several other languages, became a best seller worldwide and sold millions of copies. She’s been included in Time’s list of the 100 most influential people.

The before-and-after sequences of each episode as you can see families clean up their homes can be truly engrossing and satisfying for viewers who haven’t done it themselves. The emotional process of transforming attitudes that you have to confront and overcome as you let go of your belongings and downsize, transcend races, gender, personal backgrounds and even sexual preferences. Go watch an episode of her show and you'll most likely also be hooked.