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Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Ultra-mellow home organizing show is full of great tips.

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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+
age 8+

A conversation-starter for families

I don't normally enjoy reality TV but this show, even though it has many of the tropes of the genre, is moving. I saw the third episode, The Downsizers, with my eight-year-old daughter who initiated a lot of discussion as we watched: about the role of that episode's mother, the division of household chores, how much the family really seemed to love and enjoy each other, having too much stuff, even the notion of leaving a happy home for a better life in a tiny home. My daughter sees Marie Kondo as a fairylike figure - a sweet, pretty and tiny fairy godmother popping in to transform. Although she did not want to watch the next episode about a grieving woman - too sad - she is keen to watch again. Oh, and she picked up her clothes off the floor unprompted when the episode ended!

Is It Any Good?

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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methods may seem simple enough, watching her students struggle to understand why they've formed certain attachments to outdated belongings or what's really behind their inability to get everyday chores accomplished makes for an oddly compelling experience.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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