Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: Season 1 – Review

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo hits Netflix on January 1st.

[Ed. Note: Being that TV and City is on a bit of a hiatus, this article has not been edited.]

By Ariba Bhuvad

Are you looking for a series that will motivate you in the new year? Then Tidying Up With Marie Kondo will certainly be the show for you. It is an eight-episode series centered on the queen and expert of decluttering, Marie Kondo. Throughout the season, Kondo helps people organize their lives based on her “KonMari” method. Essentially, it requires a person to take all of their belongings and throw out the things they don’t use. Each pile and/or area is split up into categories, and each is tackled one by one.

Using this method, you’ll see Kondo educate and help different people throughout the first season. There is drama, heightened emotions, and a lot of joy that comes from Kondo’s interaction with the people in the series. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is a fun, light-hearted watch that will either inspire you to organize your house or at the very least, plant the idea of getting around to it one day. Of course, one may also feel overwhelmed if they are in need of some serious organizing. But Kondo’s happy-go-lucky personality will certainly put a smile on your face because she is simply the cutest.

What I enjoyed about this series is that it is regarding self-help. It’s not conveying a forceful message to do so, but it’s actually very uplifting. Some of the people Kondo helps during the season have life-changing moments because of her method. Couples that were on the verge of walking away from one another, come back together because of the “KonMari” method. It’s hard to believe until you watch it, but honestly, I was feeling very excited about doing some organizing of my own after watching it.

I think the series certainly has its blah moments, especially when Kondo appears to contradict herself and her methods. She’d often be preaching to the people she was helping but would admit to not really doing it herself. I feel like that took away from the underlying message and point, but it didn’t strip away all the good either. I just think there should have been more balance in that regard, especially when the series is based on her method.

Come January 1st, if you’re looking for a way to start off the new year right, head to Netflix and stream Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Who knows, the first day of the year may just be your most organized day yet.

I give Tidying Up with Marie Kondo a B-.