Marie Kondo’s New Netflix Series is Like the Happy Version of ‘Hoarders’

The war on clutter is alive and well, but somehow Marie Kondo makes it seem so incredibly… uplifting.

The guru of cleaning is coming to Netflix in January at the precise moment that everyone looks around at their piles of Christmas presents and thinks, “Now what?” There’s no one better qualified to help the masses declutter and organize than Kondo – after all, her best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for an incredible 144 weeks.

Who is Marie Kondo?

Most people have heard of Marie Kondo by now – her last name has even become a verb (“I Kondo’ed my linen closet today!”). But in case you don’t know, Marie Kondo is a Japanese professional organizer who’s known for encouraging her clients to only keep items that “spark joy.” She’s influenced by the concept of Shintoism, which teaches that tidying up can help transform your home into, “a sacred space, a power spot filled with pure energy.” That’s the goal, anyway.

Kondo started her organizing mission at the tender age of five, tidying her own home all the time and even throwing away her mother and father’s belongings without permission. She launched her home organizing business at 19. It wasn’t long before she had a three-month waiting list and one of her clients suggested that she write a book about her methods. It was an instant success.

How is the KonMari method unique?

According to Marie Kondo, the main thing people get wrong about tidying up is that they focus on what they’re getting rid of rather than what they’re keeping. She admits to falling victim to this, too, but offers solutions for change. She recommends that people on decluttering quests hold each item in their hands and ask the now infamous question: “Does it spark joy?”

If the answer is yes, you should keep it. But if not, it’s time to thank the item for its service and let it go. Kondo claims that following these methods will lead to greater happiness and possibly even world peace.

What is the Netflix show about?

The new Netflix show is called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and follows Kondo as she helps real families face their clutter. You’d think they’d be embarrassed to let Kondo with all her white outfits and stellar organizing skills into their homes, but it turns out she loves going into cluttered spaces. She explains that she gets excited imagining how much stuff they’ll be able to let go of.

The eight-episode series is already getting great buzz, but Vanity Fair warns that you’ll want to keep the tissues handy. There are lots of emotions involved with getting rid of stuff and the show will feature families who faced trials ranging from downsizing to deaths in the family. The show will be a lot like Hoarders, but with a happier spin.

Want to have a more organized and tidier 2019? Marie Kondo can help. Check out the new Netflix series which begins streaming on January 1.