A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kondo stresses the importance of gratitude in your home -- not just being thankful for the physical space and the belongings in it, but also paying reverence to the home's overall spirit and potential for housing the ideal future you have in mind for yourself.
Positive Role Models
Every family member is expected to play a part in the de-cluttering process. Kondo believes each participant should be responsible for their own belongings and for respecting the overall space. The show does a good job featuring a diverse selection of households of varying ages, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
Products & Purchases
Host Marie Kondo is the author of a best-selling home organization book (the principles of which form the basis of this television series), which is featured prominently in the opening credits of the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is an unscripted reality series starring Marie Kondo, the Japanese author whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was an instant best-seller in 2014. The Netflix series shows the author instructing various families and couples on her proprietary "KonMari" method of organizing one's belongings. Viewers hear personal stories along the way, about the emotional issues that can stand in the way of keeping a clean home. Kondo speaks limited English, and much of her conversation takes place through her translator, Iida. (Subtitles are present during the occasional, brief instructional scenes that star only Kondo.)
Is It Any Good?
This tranquil and inspiring series is proof positive that not every home organization show needs to have the grim, can't-look-away bleakness of an episode of Hoarders to be addictive viewing. Kondo has a soothing and nonjudgmental presence, and while her methods may seem simple enough, watching her students struggle to understand why they've formed certain attachments to outdated belongings or what's really behind their inability to get everyday chores accomplished makes for an oddly compelling experience. It's worth noting, too, that while Tidying Up with Marie Kondo never explicitly uses the "F" word (that word being Feminism, in this case), our host makes it utterly clear (in her gentle and pixie-like way) that she believes in an egalitarian approach to home-keeping, and that every member of the household plays a part. Even if you're not ready to go full "KonMari" on your own home, you're likely to pick up some helpful ideas and inspiration.
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