My thoughts on Tidying Up With Marie Kondo | Thoughts on TV

tidying up with marie kondo
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (2019)
Country: U.S.A./Japan
I watched it on Netflix
Rating: 9/10 – loved it!

In a series of inspiring home makeovers, world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo helps clients clear out the clutter — and choose joy.

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I watched this show days after its release on Netflix before someone broke down on Twitter over Marie Kondo’s thoughts on decluttering/tidying up your books. I’m not even going to go into that whole debacle, because I think it’s utterly ridiculous. I’ll get into that later, I promise.

If you don’t know Marie Kondo, she is a Japanese organization expert. She’s been helping people tidying up and decluttering their houses for years, and is quite famous for her KonMari method. 2 years ago, I read her well-known book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I even wrote a small review on it. While I didn’t think it was life-changing at the time of reading it, I’ve been a huge advocate of decluttering and organizing your home ever since. When I discovered her new show on New Year’s, I knew I had to watch it.

As usual, I will keep my ‘Thoughts on TV’ posts organized through bullet points. Let’s talk about what I loved about this show.

⭐️ Marie Kondo. I know it sounds ridiculous to mention her as one of the best aspects of her own show, but I truly feel like she deserves to be praised. She’s an absolutely adorable woman, and a big part of the reason I loved Tidying Up so much. Why? Because she’s such a kind, warm, and respectful person. The amount of respect she shows for every person and inanimate object is wonderful to see. She introduces herself to a home every time, never tells anyone they should get rid of something they don’t want to throw away, and understands everyone’s journey towards finding that spark of joy is different. She never tells someone they didn’t do a good job, or didn’t get rid of enough. She simply gave them the tools to decide what they needed and wanted in their lives.

⭐️ the amount of belongings everyone keeps is different, and that’s okay. I love the fact that this show doesn’t try to whittle down people’s belonging’s to a certain amount. They stress that every person is different, and so is their attachment to things. Someone might have a love for fashion, and clothes might bring them heaps of joy. If so, it’s perfectly okay for you to have a big wardrobe! Others might be avid readers and decide to keep a lot of books, and that’s okay too! The point is to hold your things, determine whether the make you happy or not, and act on that feeling. Marie Kondo highlights that it’s impossible for her to decide those things, and lets the owners choose for themselves.

⭐️ instead of organizing their home for them, she teaches people how to do it on their own. That’s one of the things I appreciate most about this show. Often in these type of self-improvement shows, a crew will come in and help the people improve their homes or lives. That’s nice, don’t get me wrong, but what will they do once the crew leaves? Will they be able to keep it up on their own? Here, that’s not the case. Marie gives people a plan to give structure to the process, and helps them get started. She gives them tips and encourages them to ask for her help when needed but she never actually did it for them.

⭐️ portrays a number of different home situations. Tidying up is different for everyone, and the show does a good job of portraying that. There’s a couple with two children, a couple who feel like they still live like college bachelors, a couple with their first child on the way, a couple whose children have left home, a woman who lost her husband, and more. It’s wonderful to see them explore the different homes and situations, and how her approach can help everyone. I’m also happy to see that they showed solutions for a family who can’t afford to buy new furniture to store things in or doesn’t have much space.

⭐️ all the wonderful families. I loved seeing how these people transformed their house, and made it a home again. An oasis of joy and peace, instead of a place that causes stress. Each person had different reasons for their need for organization, and it’s really nice to see. One woman lost her husband, and wanted to go through their stuff but didn’t know where to start. Another couple had just settled down, and needed to find a way to store their items to benefit both women best.  There were just so many different types of families showcased, and I loved that.

⭐️ Iida. Shoutout to the lovely woman who translated for Marie and the people she helped! She was so kind as well.

I have to admit that there’s one thing I didn’t really love about the show. Maybe this bothered me so much because I’m not a native English speaker, or maybe it’s simply my personality. Anyway, here’s what I didn’t like.

💥 they dubbed the show. I really, really dislike it when they dub foreign languages. If you’re unaware of what that means, when Marie was speaking in Japanese to the people around her, they layered someone’s voice translating her words over Marie’s voice. I can’t tell you how much I hate that. In Belgium, only children’s movies and shows are dubbed. The other shows are simply subtitled. I understand that for blind people or a disability relating to their vision, dubbing is fantastic because it allows them to understand what’s being said. So in a way, I do understand it. But I’d so much rather read subtitles and actually hear Marie’s words. A translator never brings the enthusiasm and inflections across in the same manner, and it really affects my watching experience. Trust me, as people whose first language is not English we are used to reading subtitles. We do it all the time. It’s really not that hard! (unless you have a disability that makes doing so impossible, of course)


I would highly recommend watching the show. I love Marie Kondo’s approach to decluttering, which is to get rid of things that aren’t serving you, and aren’t bringing you happiness and joy. She’s such a sweet, kind and respectful person, and the show really reflects that. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is uplifting, and does not put people down for the amount of stuff they own, or (don’t) want to get rid of. 

Mini Reviews | 3 Non-Fiction Books I Never Reviewed

A little while ago, I wrote a post of mini reviews on 3 fantasy books I loved yet never reviewed. There are quite a few books I read in 2015 yet hadn’t gotten around to reviewing. In the same aspect, I have 3 non-fiction books I read yet never reviewed: Love, Tanya, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and A Stolen Life.


a stolen life

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Published: July 12th 2011 by Simon & Schuster

Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Audio-book

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Synopsis: In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.

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This is a tough book. If you read the synopsis, you’ll know that it’s an auto-biography of Jaycee who has kidnapped and abused when she was around 11 (I think). I’m not 100% sure she was 11, but it won’t be far off. This story is heartbreaking. Knowing that stuff like this happens to children all over the world horrifies me. It’s also told in a very interesting manner. When you read it, it’s told from like the perspective of an 11 year old. The entire time you’re reading this, you really feel like that little girl is talking to you. It’s both upsetting and interesting. I listened to the audio book of this, which increases the effect even more. 

I have to admit that I was confused at times. I couldn’t truly keep track of her age. I guess that’s because she skipped over a lot of the abuse and such so you only get a glimpse of the past 18 years. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that. It’s up to her to decide how much she’ll tell the world. She’s been through enough, I think we can all grant her privacy. 

Lastly, I just want to say that the audio book contained over more than an hour’s worth talk about cats. I’m not kidding.


the life changing magic of tidying up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Published: December 27th 2010

Rating: 3/5 stars

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SynopsisDespite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). 

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I’m kind of on the fence about this book. I guess you could say I’m in the middle of two emotions: I didn’t love it as most people did, but I didn’t hate it either. 

First of all, this book raises some important issues in everyone’s life. The mess. No matter how often you clean, clutter always forms. And we tend to have way too much stuff. After I read this, I listened to a podcast about de-cluttering, then I saw Anna’s (Vivianna Does Makeup on YouTube) video on a capsule wardrobe. All this combined made me itch for some de-cluttering. I went through all my clothes, shoes, purses and even books and took out everything I don’t use. Books I didn’t like or won’t read, clothes I don’t wear or don’t fit, shoes that are old and so on. So I guess this book did inspire me to go through my possessions. 

However, I don’t agree on her point about nostalgic items. Okay, maybe you won’t need all these family pictures or albums. But that doesn’t mean you should get rid of them either. Also, I was a bit weirded out at times. The day I start talking to my purse at the end of the day to thank it for carrying my stuff, is the day I’ll go to the doctor for a check up. 

So in short, I thought this was interesting -and it definitely inspired me to cull my stuff. But I definitely don’t agree with her on everything. 


love tanya

Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr
Published: January 29th 2015 by Penguin Random House UK 

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Synopsis: Hi everyone and welcome to Love, Tanya! This book is really close to my heart, because it’s inspired by my journey to becoming confident and feeling happy about who I am. I wanted to write a book to share the things I’ve learnt with you – to reveal my top tips on fashion, beauty, love, friendship, YouTube… and loads more! Plus, there is room for you to list your own hopes and dreams alongside mine – so get creative and get involved! I’d love it if this book became a keepsake you can turn to whenever you need some guidance or a little pick me up. I hope you enjoy it! Love, Tanya

review

I never thought I’d pick this up, but when I saw it at a charity shop for €3 I figured I’d give it a go. Tanya Burr was one of the first beauty YouTubers I subscribed to, and while I am no longer a subscriber, I do appreciate what she taught me. 

This book is divided into several parts: early life, skincare, makeup, hair and nails, fashion, love, baking, confidence and happiness, being healthy and so on. I thought it was very interesting. It was nice to read a bit more about her life, aside from the YouTube aspect. I’ll definitely try out some of her baking recipes, and the juices she mentioned. What I loved most is the parts about confidence and body image. I think, if you have so many subscribers of which many are young girls, it’s important to talk about it. 

During the book, she made several lists and allowed you a page to write you own as well. Like, your favorite childhood memories. Or your travel plans.


Have you read any of  these books? If you have, what did you think of them? If you haven’t, do you read non-fiction at times -or do you stay away from the genre?