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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teaches organizational methods and a way to think about belongings.
Kondo emphasizes having gratitude for belongings and treating items with respect. She also demonstrates the effect having an orderly space can have on other aspects of life. She also demonstrates social-emotional skills like empathy and naming feelings.
Positive Role Models
Kondo is a great example of someone who treats all people with respect and makes people feel seen and heard. She relates to people with positive social-emotional tools like empathy and helping people name their feelings.
Marie Kondo, at the center of the show, is a Japanese woman. She does reinforce some stereotypes of a Japanese woman (physically small, soft spoken, and very feminine in actions and dress), but she is a positive role model. The people Kondo helps tidy up are fairly racially diverse.
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Products & Purchases
Several visible logos throughout. Also, it is not specifically mentioned, but Kondo uses many organizational items from her product line throughout the episodes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults responsibly enjoying a glass of wine on camera.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo is a follow-up series to the original organizational cultural phenomenon Tidying Up. It is very similar to Tidying Up in content and appropriateness. There are some visible logos, as well as lots of screen time for items in Kondo's product line (though there's no logo or verbal mention of her products). Adults responsibly enjoy a glass of wine on camera. Otherwise, there's no objectionable content and Sparking Joy is great viewing for families interested in getting more organized (or at least in living vicariously).
Is It Any Good?
This show picks up just where Kondo left off after the smash hit Tidying Up that made her KonMari method part of the cultural zeitgeist. While ostensibly this series has a new focus (businesses, organizations, and relationships), it is essentially the exact same show as its predecessor. Sparking Joy has the same format, the same on-camera translator, and follows the same organizational process. Kondo is just as calm and serene a presence as in the first series. Kids and teens who have a brain for organization will enjoy this series and may be inspired to declutter. It's a great show for family viewing, and may even sneakily help inspire kid motivation to create more order at home.
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