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Review of Tidying up With Marie Kondo

Marcelo is the pastor of Iglesia Conexiones, and the author of Biblical Prayer for Today's Believers: Transform Your Prayer Life.

Marie Kondo

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What The Show Is About

In Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (watch it on Netflix), Marie and her sidekick (her interpreter) teach individuals and familes how to feel happier by identifying those belongings that make them feel happy, putting them in order, and discarding the rest.

In the show, Marie introduces individuals and families (and the show's audience) to her method, which always follows the same pattern and appears to be based on the Shinto religion, which holds that objects are inhabited by spirits called kami (and that's really all I know about this religion).

The Method

I'm not going to tell you what the method is, you'll have to find out that for yourelf. However, let me tell you that I find it to be very logical, and—from a Chritian perspective—you can definitely put it to practice without practicing Shinto.

But the mothod does require patience and commitment, because it requires following the method as you sort through all your belongings, reflect on what they mean to you, and put them away neatly in a designated place—my wife did already Marie-Kondo some of our stuff, and it is awesome.

Marie

Marie herself has a delightful and sweet personality. She is cheerful and playful, yet methodical. She would be a delightful to meet and talk to.

Fascinating

Throughout the show, I found the following things absolutely fascinating:

  1. The crosscultural interaction between Marie and her clients.
  2. The amounts of stuff people accumulate.
  3. The emotional attachment people have to their belongings.
  4. The personal stories of the clients.

My Struggle

What was my personal reason to watch this show? The reason I chose to watch this show is because I tend to be a thinker to a fault. I find it hard to find meaning and pleasure in the mundane activities of everyday life, even in casual conversation, because I am always thiking about my objective in life. Watching this show is really an exercise for me, to help me to develop a balanced approach, learning how to enjoy those activities that I often frustrate me because I find them to be time-consuming and irrelevant.

Educational Value

The value of the show also lies in the fact that Marie is there to help people. She is teaching people how to put their stuff and their feelings in order. In the show, Marie acts like a coach, teaching people how to do something, setting deadlines, and then checking on them to meet the deadlines.

So, if you need to learn how to put your stuff in order, this show is for you.

Chritian Perspective

From a Christian perspective, objects do not have spirits, and spirits do not inhabit objects—although, spirits can take posession of individuals and animals.

Spirits, however, do govern territories. Some of them rule over contries and areas, so the haunted-house phenomenon is quite possible—and it is quite possible for spirits to interact with inanimate objects as well, although they seldom (if ever) do this.

© 2020 Marcelo Carcach

Comments

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 10, 2020:

I did Marie Kondo a lot of my stuff too, but I did not discard them. I kept them separately in a bag. I am kind of glad I did this, because after a while I realized I could alter them to fit my requirements.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 07, 2020:

Interesting information. Anything which helps us in awakening ourselves is welcome. Thanks for posting.