Letting go of clutter is hard to do. Anyone who has encountered the teachings of Japanese cleaning guru Marie Kondo knows that minimalism is currently all the rage; her housekeeping manual, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has inspired legions of readers to throw away their unneeded belongings. And her Netflix series, Tidying Up, ushered in a new wave of devotees. We love all things related to organization and have to admit to clearing out our drawers and closets in a fit of aspirational tidying ourselves.
Not everyone, though, is on board with KonMari, the nickname Kondo gave her techniques. As with any good trend, there’s a corresponding backlash. A writer for The New York Times extolled the virtues of living a life surrounded by things in an article called “Let’s Celebrate the Art of Clutter.” Plus, her stance on ridding your home of books that don’t “spark joy” has had book-lovers up in arms.
Whether you’re pro- or anticlutter, you must admit there’s a certain calmness to be found in a well-organized drawer. Read through to see aspirational examples of Marie’s method at work, and see if you aren’t a little inspired to take a turn at organizing your own home.