When you walk into my apartment the first thing you see is the wall of floor-to-ceiling bookcases in my living room. There are two more bookcases in my kitchen, three bookcases in my hallway and another wall of bookcases in my bedroom. Altogether, I have 20 bookcases in my apartment and they are full to capacity. Each bookcase is jam-packed with books, comics and geeky collectibles like R2-D2 pepper grinders, a Doctor Who Tardis pencil holder and a taxidermy mouse dressed as Harry Potter. Everything is color coded to keep my brain from buzzing from too much visual stimulus. Needless to say, if decluttering Jedi Master Marie Kondo walked into my apartment, she’d have a heart attack. As host of the Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (which launched Jan. 1), the friendly Japanese woman is famous for her huge smile and her no-nonsense approach when it comes to paring down all your worldly possessions into a minimalist fantasy land. Her mantra “Does this item spark joy?” has been muttered with both adoration and anger by anyone who has also read her bestselling self-help book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. In her book and her new Netflix show, she teaches hopeless hoarders and clutter-freaks the KonMari method of gathering all your belongings, one category at a time (like clothes, toys, electronics, etc.) and then keeping only those things that “spark joy” or give you a good feeling. There’s nothing more terrifying than seeing a mountain of mismatched socks, out-of-style dresses, worn-out T-shirts… [Read full story]
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