“A New Year heralds the start of new things: new health, new diaries, new resolutions. Regardless of the year we have just finished, we look at our blank calendars and our heart waits expectantly, longing for a year ahead that is even better than the one we have just had. On January 1st—into our human longing for improved selves and improved lives—waltzed Marie Kondo, with a fresh promise of peace and joy through tidying-up.
In an art of marketing genius, Netflix offered the answer for our longing; a promise of peace for our soul through clutter-free living that inspires us—fuelling our cleaning, filling our Facebook feeds and inundating our op shops with items that don’t bring us the joy we so longed for when we first bought them. This is “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” (Netflix, 2019).”