How Marie Kondo and Jerry Seinfeld Both Agree on Tidying Up

The new Netflix show Tidying Up has made being organized hot again, and fans everywhere are rushing to put lifestyle guru Marie Kondo’s KonMari method into practice. But while Tidying Up might have revitalized the movement and put the cheerful organizational master squarely in the spotlight, there’s another celebrity who has been practicing his own version of the KonMari method for decades – the original master of OCD, Jerry Seinfeld. Discover how these two seemingly mismatched personalities are more alike than you might think!

What is the KonMari method?

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Although the show Tidying Up first launched on Netflix on January 1st, 2019, the KonMari method has been around for a number of years. Marie Kondo first introduced the world to KonMari when she released her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing in 2014. The book was an instant hit.

The KonMari method is based on the idea that keeping organized spaces in your home should be a joyous process and that everyone should be surrounded by things that “spark joy” rather than stress and anxiety. The KonMari checklist method includes six rules that should be followed in order to live a more balanced life: make the commitment to decluttering, consider how tidying up might change your life, get rid of items first, think category, not location, follow the checklist order, and find joy.

Jerry Seinfeld’s observational humor

Since Tidying Up started streaming, eagle-eyed viewers have started drawing comparisons between Marie Kondo’s streamlined approach to home design and that of iconic comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s, especially as it relates to book ownership. Marie Kondo drew some criticism from bibliophiles when she suggested in an episode of the show that as part of the organizational process, it’s perfectly acceptable to toss out an extensive book collection.

Oddly enough, in an episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld did a whole riff on people who collect books like trophies, even if they never actually read the books that they are collecting. This scene has become one of the most popular bits of the series, which ran for years and made personality quirks “cool” again.

In real life, Seinfeld is known for being a neat and tidy person, who keeps to a very set schedule and practices Transcendental Meditation every day. It seems like Seinfeld and Marie Kondo are a natural pairing – fans should stay on the lookout for Kondo to possibly make an appearance on Seinfeld’s own popular Netflix series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Should you throw your books away?

Before you take Marie Kondo’s words about tossing your books out as the gospel truth, evaluate why you have them in the first place. According to a recent interview with Kondo, what you throw away when you are in the process of organizing should be based on how you feel about the objects in question. If you feel anxious or uncomfortable about throwing out your novel collection, that should be taken into consideration. Again, as Kondo stresses, how you feel about it is a vitally important part of the de-cluttering process. Kondo also states that she never advocates destroying books, but suggests that if you do decide to get rid of a lot of your book collection, to consider donating them.

Whether you are a firm believer in the KonMari method or are taking a slower approach to organizing your space for the year ahead, by following the example of both lifestyle guru Marie Kondo AND neat freak comedian Jerry Seinfeld, you are sure to end up with a home that will spark joy for decades to come.