If you are following me, you probably have heard of Marie Kondo. She’s an organizing guru who became well known after writing her book: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up.”
I read the book, and I agree with many of her principles, but I was really upset by her signature decluttering method. She says to gather up all things by category, all your clothing for example, from everywhere in the house, and put them in one big pile, and declutter it all in one swoop.
This method does work for people who don’t have too much stuff, but for those who live with overwhelm and are constantly losing the battle with clutter, her method to get rid of things we no longer need, want, or use, is an incredibly damaging technique to employ.
In this video I tell why I think her advice on how to de-clutter is the worst thing for those who find themselves with too much stuff, and what to do instead.
Here are some of the Youtube comments I received in response to this video:
“Yes I agree. There is so much work before her method could possibly work….”
“Thank you. I thought this was a very overwhelming way to do it. Like with collecting all books. I don’t even know where all of them are. I would have to spend a lot of time and energy rummaging through crammed closets and boxes of random stuff to dig them all out. This method would not work for me right now… Thank you for this video. I felt like I was the only one who couldn’t make this work.”
“As for Marie Kondo’s method… I agree with you and I think it is useful you made this video as a warning, and it really is not about her. I have always said it, it is not a method for people who have a lot, I mean really a lot, of stuff and are overwhelmed, you totally nailed it. I actually tried once and it made me feel so much worse, put me in a worse mess and got me even more overwhelmed and depressed…”
“Totally agree with you Kathy so it’s a big NO from me…
“I think the Kondo method is ridiculous for people in a mess.”
Please let me know in the comments what you think after you watch the video.
If you know you want to connect with me directly for a clear-cut plan to finally be rid of all the clutter, CLICK HERE to book an appointment. If none of those times work, email me at Kathy@TheTidyTutor.com and let me know what would be best for you. The initial call is free and we can work out how we could best move forward together.
I’ need to move from a Brooklyn apt with full basement, hallway full of our stuff of 38 years . One daughter moved out , and her stuff is here another moved in apt downstairs and has her stuff plus stuff she left. Husband s took room in basement, and occupies all of basement with his sports stuff ECT. And we he and me supposedly going into a two bedroom condo her in red hook. My 35 yr old is so upset 😭 because she is a teacher not making enough to get a two bedroom like she has downstairs and afford it. We are so stressed!!! And angry at our dad and my husband…. Jeannine from Brooklyn….
That’s tool room , and that’s here in RED HOOK . Correction by me Jeannine ..
Oh Jeannine! Moving is hard even with the best of circumstances. Can you get your daughter to come and get her stuff? If not, let her know that you’ll be boxing it up and getting it onto the street if she isn’t coming for it. Hard for you but at least you won’t have to care about how you box it up. I’m so sorry for how difficult this is, not only because of the accumulation of things but how expensive things have become. They were bad before I know! Please let me know what I could do. I’m so sorry I’m just replying now. I just saw this. I am not getting notified.
The time is incorrect Kathy. It’s now 8:18 pm. Thanks again. Jeannine