Marie Kondo, Tidying up, Decluttering and Organizing


marie kondo and tidying up

Before the Netflix hit, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, there was Clean Sweep and Mission Organization.  Television has been showing the process, emotions and benefits of organizing since 2003. It’s not surprising that we have a fascination with getting organized.

  • 67% of people say they would save 30 minutes a day if they were organized
  • When people organized, they feel accomplished, in control, confident and relaxed.
  • The top 2 reasons people don’t organize is that they feel overwhelmed and don’t have the time.

What is most fascinating about th buzz created by this new series.

  • Donations have skyrocked, up to 60% more donations to Goodwill stores.
  • From the Washington Post: Millennials texted friends photos of their newly neat sock drawers and makeup trays, and posted them on Instagram. Furloughed government workers spent their time off sifting through closets and lugging shopping bags of clothes to consignment shops. Auction houses got calls from consumers desperate to get unwanted furniture out of their living rooms; consignment shops filled up appointment slots weeks into the future.
  • Couples are watching together and decluttering their homes together. That’s a powerful moment for connections and family goals.


It’s what we call what we do “tidying up”

It’s not decluttering, editing, or purging. It’s called tidying up.  That gentle description of what we do when we let go brings meaning to our work.  Our national buzz about tidying empowers us with a positive, approachable, strategy.  Rather than being overwhelmed, we have hope to make positive, joyful changes in our environments. There is not shame or judgement with this zen approach.  Marie Kondo’s “spark joy” approach gives us a big reason to make changes in our nests.


Inspiration, motivation, and actionable decluttering are the best reasons and benefits.

The series has been a cheerleader for many people in many ways.  It is bringing together groups who serve as encouragers for each other to spur on decluttering using social media group texts, instagram and hashtags. Families have conversations and support each other’s efforts in letting go of stuff in their home.  There is a gentle encouragement, outward support and strong conviction in getting started, dropping off and organizing stuff that remains.


Thank you Marie Kondo for making tidying up a great start to the new year! Let’s hope the series continues to inspire us to make positive changes in our homes and lives all year long.

Decluttering and tidying is a journey. It’s a routine that we incorporate. How do we keep our inspiration and motivation going?  Be sure you have time each week to do the work. Be sure you keep inspired with the benefits of your new lifestyle. And be sure you bring into your home and keep only what brings you joy.



5 replies
  1. Seana Turner
    Seana Turner says:

    I’m so happy for all the attention Marie has brought to the need for purging and organizing and resetting your belongings on a regular basis. She is adorable!

  2. Ellen
    Ellen says:

    @Seana – everyone who talks about her speaks in the most respectful and kind way. I love that she engenders that response about our work!

  3. Linda Samuels
    Linda Samuels says:

    Marie has undoubtedly brought an enormous spotlight on the organizing industry. I’m amazed by all of the conversations and articles that have resulted. The stats that you shared are probably due to her influence (and also possibly due to the time of year) are also staggering. 60% increase in Goodwill donations! Wow!

    Marie is a polarizing figure. Not everyone agrees with her process or methods. But at the end of the day, her goal is positive and similar to all organizers. We are agents of change. How we get there may vary immensely, but helping our clients make transformations in their lives, spaces, and relationship with their stuff is the common thread.

  4. Ellen
    Ellen says:

    Thank you Linda! All you said and more! It’s truly an amazing start to the year with this fresh and joyful perspective on organizing. It’s not for everyone and it’s also not easy to implement for everyone. Her goals are a happy ending for sure!

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