Why Some People Can’t Stand ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’

In the few short weeks since the Netflix show Tidying Up started streaming, the show has become one of the hottest around. People everywhere are renovating their homes and spaces in the name of organization, and following the example of the show’s leader, lifestyle guru Marie Kondo. But not everyone is on board the tidy train – there have been more than a few outcries in response to some of Marie Kondo’s methods. Discover why Tidying Up has become a movement unto itself, and why some are protesting Kondo’s guidelines.

What is ‘Tidying Up’ about?

Marie Kondo advocates a unique method of cleaning and streamlining your space that she calls the “KonMari Method.” Her approach is all about minimalism, and the show documents Kondo as she works with families in their homes, helping them to de-clutter and condense items in their homes. Kondo recommends paring down homes to the bare minimum, and getting rid of everything that doesn’t “spark joy.”

While many families featured in the show are initially quite happy with the prospect of living in a tidier home, getting rid of clutter often turns into an emotional roller-coaster. Families struggle with parting with their trinkets and memorabilia and often get visibly upset on the show. Fortunately, Kondo’s cheerful personality is usually able to turn a situation around and make the experience a positive one overall.

What do people not like about Marie Kondo’s show?

While the reaction to Marie Kondo and Tidying Up has been largely positive, with many people taking to social media and chiming in on how the show has changed their organizational game, the show does have its detractors. As Kondo herself states in the show, implementing the KonMari method in your space does take some time, and some critics have pointed out that they simply don’t have the ability to devote time or energy to starting and maintaining a brand new system of organization.

Others have pointed out that there could be a tinge of hypocrisy in Marie Kondo’s marketing plan. Her recent announcement of plans to launch an exclusive series of branded products has drawn criticism since her overall philosophy is to reduce the number of products in the home.

The great book debate

Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo | Marie Kondo via Instagram

Possibly the biggest backlash that Marie Kondo has received has been in regards to her stance on books in the home. Kondo has stated that she believes people should aim for keeping a maximum of 30 books and that any more than that could lead to clutter. The vocal outcry was immediate, and fans lashed out at the idea of tossing out their beloved book collections.

However, there is more to the scandal than what meets the eye. In a recent interview, Kondo states that many have misinterpreted her words and that how each person feels about their book collection is a vital part of the organizational process. That is, if the idea of throwing out your books (or donating them, as Kondo suggests) makes you feel anxious or unhappy, then you should use that as a guideline and reconsider paring down your prized collection.

The number 30, which many have taken as the gospel regarding the number of books you should have on your shelves, is just an example that Kondo gave from her own personal library and can easily be tailored to individual circumstance.

Whether you are a KonMari devotee or are new to the world of Tidying Up, there is much to learn from Marie Kondo’s methods – once you apply them to your own life in a way that makes sense to you. Catch up with Tidying Up, now streaming on Netflix, and learn how to spark joy in every area of your home.