• Personal,  Pop Culture

    Marie Kondo: A Year Later

    As you might remember, in January of last year I started the new year off with a HUGE clean out of my apartment using Marie Kondo’s KonMari method. I used her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as a guide and ultimately gave away 3 car loads of things and threw away dozens of bags of trash. It was a success in many ways. Obviously it led me to get rid of a lot of things that I didn’t need and helped me downsize in preparation for a move, which was great. But the whole 5-day process helped me understand my relationship to things in new ways and gave…

  • Personal,  Pop Culture

    All of my Feelings About Marie Kondo’s Famous Cleaning Method

    Over New Years weekend I embarked on a cleaning mission: to clear out my entire apartment using Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method. If you don’t keep up with the latest in Japanese tidying trends, the KonMari method is a quirky style of cleaning that touts the benefits of discarding anything that doesn’t bring you joy. It made waves a few years ago when Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up hit the New York Times Best Seller List and Marie Kondo was propelled into domestic goddess status. To be honest, the whole concept felt a little new agey for me (it’s like one step down from believing in healing crystals),…