Over the last few weeks I’ve heard little snippets here and there about a cleaning consultant named Marie Kondo, whose show recently launched on Netflix. It didn’t occur to me to watch the show–nothing against it, but I just didn’t have a reason to watch someone teach someone else how to tidy up.
However, I do subscribe to the Jimmy Kimmel show on YouTube, so when this video appeared in my feed, I decided to watch it.
I have to say, I was instantly won over by Marie Kondo. She’s Japanese, and it’s clear that she has a desire to communicate with pinpoint accuracy, because she uses translators to communicate. I admire that approach, especially given that all Japanese people have years of education in English and can understand quite a bit, but they typically can’t speak English all that well (the exams they study for are written, not oral).
It’s more than just a desire for clear communication, though. It’s also that paired with how disarming she is, which I think is a calculated but genuine way to help people welcome her into their offices and homes. If you haven’t seen her in action, watch the video below–I think you’ll see what I mean.
As for the KonMari method itself, my understanding is that it’s about being grateful for what you have, having a physical connection to your possessions, and asking yourself if your possessions bring you joy. I think that’s brilliant.
While I currently don’t have time to walk around my condo picking up every object, it’s something I’ll keep in mind the next time I’m stumped about keeping something. I’ll pick it up or touch and and ask myself if it brings me joy.
I already do something like this with my game collection once a year. I look at each of my games, and if I haven’t played the game in the last year, I give it to someone who wants to play it.
Have you tried this method? Would you welcome Marie Kondo into your home, and if so, what is it about her that would make you comfortable?