Letting go of clutter is hard to do. Anyone who has encountered the teachings of Marie Kondo knows that minimalism is all the rage. Her housekeeping manual, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has inspired legions of readers to throw away their unneeded belongings, and her Netflix series, Tidying Up, ushered in another wave of devotees.
Those looking to clean out their closets and declutter their lives were instantly entranced by her simple, smart, and proactive way of cleaning. But not everyone is on board with KonMari, the nickname Kondo gave to her techniques. As with any good trend, there's always a corresponding backlash. A writer for The New York Times extolled the virtues of living a life surrounded by things in an article called "Let's Celebrate the Art of Clutter," the complete opposite of what Kondo's teachings say. Plus, Kondo's stance on ridding your home of books that don't "spark joy" has had book-lovers up in arms!
Whether you're pro- or anticlutter, you must admit there's a certain calmness to be found in a well-organized drawer. Read ahead to witness aspirational examples of Kondo's method at work, and see if you're inspired to take a turn at organizing your own home. Happy tidying!
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano