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Posted Thursday 1/17/19 at 6:19PM EST
Marie Kondo helps tidy up Hasan Minhaj's life
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Watch the two Netflix stars come together in a promo for Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.
Posted Thursday 1/17/19 at 1:18PM EST
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo was originally envisioned as a scripted series
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
When former Fox Entertainment president Gail Berman's The Jackal Group acquired the rights to Marie Kondo's bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up three years ago, she originally envisioned it as a scripted series or movie. Ultimately, her team decided a reality show made the most sense. "Initially, we were interested in doing the show in a scripted format and we were also approached to do it as a film, but we finally identified the most appropriate way for this journey to end," she says. "There were ups and downs, but we always thought that there was something very special in Marie and her message." Berman says she hasn't heard anything from Netflix yet about another season of Tidying Up. "But we’re very overwhelmed with the response," she adds. "You know when the high school people on Facebook have come to find you and tell you about one of your shows, that it definitely hit a nerve out there. I knew the show was a hit when I got a response from my rabbi." Asked if Tidying Up should be compared to Queer Eye, Berman responds: "The difference in this process versus the others is that it's very profound. Marie does not do the transformation for you; you must do and commit to the transformation. Marie’s not coming over with a team of people and cleaning your house, it doesn’t work like that. In Queer Eye, the guys go out and they buy the clothing and help with the transformation in a significant way. Marie is causing a transformation in a much more spiritual way."
- Marie Kondo sets the record straight -- you don't have to dump your books: "The question you should be asking is what do you think about books," she tells Indiewire. "If the image of someone getting rid of books or having only a few books makes you angry, that should tell you how passionate you are about books, what’s clearly so important in your life. If that riles you up, that tells you something you about that. That in itself is a very important benefit of this process.”
- Marie Kondo is right: Throw away your books!
- Jennifer Garner goes "Full Marie Kondo" on Instagram
- There absolutely needs to be a celebrity edition of Tidying Up
Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 5:17AM EST
The jump in Marie Kondo-related internet and social media searches proves the Netflix effect is real
Source: The Ringer
Internet searches for hashtags like #konmari and #sparkjoy have soared since Tidying Up with Marie Kondo was released on New Year's Day. "The explosion of Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method on the internet is certainly proof of the star’s capabilities and winning personality," says Molly McHugh. "But it is also evidence of Netflix’s ability to resurface a trend. Of course, plenty of the KonMari content floating about is negative. The backlash cycle is in full swing, with much of it specifically focused on Kondo’s suggestion to part with books (although she says to do this only if they don’t bring the owner joy). Still, it hit a nerve. But data about page views and hashtags isn’t concerned with whether or not the accompanying content is positive or negative, only that it exists. To that end, KonMari has never been more alive."
- Thrift stores nationwide see an uptick in donations thanks to Marie Kondo
- Next up: Kondo will try to spark joy in our digital and work lives
- A reality TV editor weighs in on the Marie Kondo Effect: "It is incredibly hard to cast a lead in a reality series that is authentic, charming and doesn’t annoy people"
- Are you interested in buying everyone's "Marie Kondo'd crap"?
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
There is something weirdly dark about Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Source: BuzzFeed News
The Japanese organizing guru's new Netflix show, says Alison Willmore, "places Kondo’s relentlessly cheery domestic advice against what sometimes feels like a roiling American backdrop of late capitalist panic and crushing internalized expectations. It’s hard to believe that organizing a house will be able to address the anxieties and old wounds that some of the clients, through polite smiles and grateful tears, lay bare onscreen. Still, every episode ends with the carefully edited conclusion that it might, and that they won’t know until they try." Willmore adds that the "aura of moral righteousness that has over time become attached to minimizing and to minimalism has always seemed unearned to me," and the show is not about abstaining from things. "As a life advice show, especially next to its warmer, fuzzier Netflix sibling Queer Eye, Tidying Up is discordant in a way that takes a while to pin down," she says. "So many of these snapshots of family lives burble with a quiet but persistent distress over what it means to make, have, and share a home these days, and to feel secure in it. At the core of the show is a wistful promise that if you could just get things in your house right, for once, then so many weightier and seemingly intractable stresses would surely just melt away, shed alongside all those clothes that no longer fit. It’s a reminder that keeping things highly organized can be just as much about maintaining control as never throwing things away."
- The Marie Kondo method is great -- unless you're a highly advanced, vintage-collecting, stuff-accreting fashion head
- Tidying Up is inadvertently about women's invisible labor
- Kondo's method was supposed to be liberating, but ended up becoming a battleground in one person's marriage
- It would be great if more makeover shows adapted Tidying Up's candor, putting their advice to the test in real-life situations
- Kondo sparks haters: "Keep your tidy, spark-joy hands off my book piles, Marie Kondo"
- Stop saying that Tidying Up wants you to get rid of your books!: "Marie Kondo does understand the magic of books–which people would know if they actually watch Tidying Up"
- Twitter users show off how Tidying Up has changed their lives, while other denounce the show for promoting waste
- What to do with all your stuff that doesn't "spark joy"
- How America tidied up before Marie Kondo
Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 9:32PM EST
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is keeping at least one used clothing store busy
Source: The New Yorker
New Yorker writer Rachel Syme followed the Japanese organization guru's advice to get rid of unneeded clothing. When she arrived at the New York City used-clothing emporium Beacon's Closet on Sunday, she found a long line. “I bet all these people saw the show,” said a clerk. He turned to an unsuspecting customer: “Have you seen the Kondo show? Is that why everyone is here?” ALSO: Kondo is the reason your friends are suddenly into folding.
Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Netflix has created a new genre with Marie Kondo's Tidying Up, Queer Eye and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
"These three shows in particular bear more resemblance to one another than they do to whatever formats they may have aped," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "They’ve coalesced into their own genre — that of the Joyful Expert." What Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which premiered on New Year's Day, shares in common with Samin Nosrat's Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and The Fab Five's Queer Eye is that they all allow things to be "exciting, scary, new, unknown, pleasurable, beloved, disliked, anxiety-producing, forgivable, manageable," says VanArendonk. "They are ecstatic," she adds, "in the same way that a 17th-century evangelical account of finding God is ecstatic. Inside Queer Eye, Tidying Up, and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat there’s an almost Puritan work ethic, the sense that effort and consciousness are good, and that easy things are suspect, especially if they reinforce a damaging status quo. But even though Kondo’s aesthetic is stark enough to mesh with a Puritanical view of the world, the point is not to focus your joy on abstract beliefs like God or service. The point is to cleave away every object and relationship that doesn’t actively delight you, to expend as much energy as you can give in the pursuit of food that pleases you, to examine yourself and your belongings in order to make yourself happier." VanArendonk adds that there is another common element linking all three shows: "None of them are hosted by straight, cis white men," she says. "This seems fundamental to what they are, but it’s tricky to untangle how that plays into their overall view of how the world should be. It’s amazing to see popular, buzzy, successful reality shows where the experts are queer people, women, and people of color. It is good that positions of expertise are held by people who aren’t typically recognized in those roles. It’s especially nice when the host and participants represent a broadly envisioned, inclusive image of the world."
- Tidying Up isn't really a makeover show: "There’s no sense of competition, and the ostensible makeover at the heart of every episode simply involves regular people becoming happier and more at ease in their own home," says Sarah Archer. "Kondo doesn’t scold, shame, or criticize. Things spark joy or they don’t, and it’s fine either way."
- Tidying Up’s most surprising innovation is diverting the focus from its host to its subject: Other shows emphasize the "the genius of the interloper"
- This seems like Netflix's first real attempt at HGTV-type fare, but Tidying Up isn't as addictive
- Tidying Up is nothing special -- it's dangerously close to being a show where a woman just tells people to tidy up
- Tidying Up sparks dread: The KonMari method can be seen as a means of self-discipline and deprivation
- A psychology professor explains how watching "organization porn" like Tidying Up can serve as a stress reliever
- A novelist complaints about Tidying Up: "I don’t give a sh*te if you throw out your knickers and Tupperware but the woman is very misguided about BOOKS"
Posted Thursday 1/03/19 at 5:07AM EST
Netflix's Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is like a combination of Queer Eye, Trading Spaces and Hoarders
Japanese organizing guru Kondo's new reality show, which dropped on New Year's Day, works because she doesn't dominate the proceedings, says Jen Chaney. "What’s nice about Tidying Up is that Kondo doesn’t judge her clients for their fixations and hang-ups," says Chaney. "She tries to meet them in the middle. When Margie, a recent widow, tells Kondo she’d prefer to deal with her late husband’s clothes sooner in the process than Kondo typically recommends, Kondo gives her the space to do that. The conjurer of life-changing magic has been criticized for suggesting an approach to cleaning that seems too rigid, but she doesn’t come across as overly strict here. Either she’s more flexible than she has often gotten credit for, or she’s been propped up by the life-changing magic of solid reality-TV editing."
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
Watch Netflix's trailer for Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
The Japanese organizing guru and bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up comes out with a reality show based on her work on New Year's Day.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Marie Kondo's reality show may help Netflix tap into a new and potentially lucrative market
Source: Vanity Fair
The organizational guru, who wrote the bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has the potential to make a huge difference for Netflix with her upcoming reality show. "Kondo is just about the safest bet there is in this space: she’s a household name whose books have sold millions of copies around the globe," says Laura Bradley. "Her new series also has potential to strike a nostalgic chord with viewers who remember HGTV’s older fare—which focused more on home improvement than on house hunting. Throw in a hunky carpenter—or . . . Goodwill collector?—and Netflix might just be in business."
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, lands a Netflix reality show
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Japanese organization expert, whose books have sold more than 8.5 million copies, will produce and star in an eight-episode reality show in which she helps people as they try to spark joy in their homes.