Tidying guru sparks joy with cluttered Americans

After experiencing homelessness in 2011, Sarah Eby found herself constantly collecting things so she would never again feel she had nothing to call her own. “When I moved into my apartment, it just felt empty,” the mother-of-one from Arvada, Colorado, said. “I got everything I could to try and make it feel like I had a home.” But as Ms. Eby moved house over the years, the clutter built up. Now, inspired by the Japanese home organizing guru Marie Kondo, the 27-year-old says she has banished the chaos for good. And she’s hardly the only one. Ms. Kondo is small in stature, but her tidying philosophy has reached stratospheric heights. Her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up , has earned a cult following around the world. But it is the 34-year-old’s new Netflix show, Tidying up with Marie Kondo — released on New Year’s Day, when everyone is keen to reinvent themselves and motivated by their resolutions — that has everyone talking. “I love mess,” Ms. Kondo proclaims in the show, which sees her visit homes — flanked by her interpreter — to implement her trademarked “KonMari” method. The idea is simple: gather your things one Kondo-defined category at a time and go through them one by one, keeping only those that “spark joy,” and giving them a place in your home. As for the rest, a KonMari convert thanks his or her used items and tags them for donation or the garbage pail. At the end, most converts find they have fewer possessions, and a happier outlook.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/tidying-guru-sparks-joy-with-cluttered-americans/article26055949.ece

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