Tidying with toddlers – Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix

Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix

A new series ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix’ has just been added to the streaming service’s Netflix Originals.

Do you have trouble keeping your home tidy with toddlers around? Then you may want to check out the latest Netflix Original series. ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix’.

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organising and de-cluttering consultant, creator of the KonMari method of and world-renowned author of four books. The most famous being ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever‘. It has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon from over 2000 reviews. Which just shows how popular it is.

Marie Kondo’s best selling book

The KonMari method is a method in which you de-clutter your home in a certain way and order. When you tidy using KonMari you’ll clear and declutter your home for good. Your life will then also be transformed, as found in the new Netflix series.

The first episode is entitled ‘Tidying with Toddlers‘. This episode watches Rachel and Kevin Friend and their two toddlers Jaxon and Ryan as they clear their home. They find having an untidy house with two toddlers around stresses them out and causes arguments.

Marie Kondo, who has kids herself, encourages the Friend’s to get the toddlers involved in the tidying process. We see them folding clothes and throwing away toys they no longer ‘love’.

The de-cluttering process in Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix

The process of tidying up with the KonMari method is covered in the series. We have summarised it here:

  • Start with piling all of the clothes in the house into one single pile. You then go through all the clothes and throw out any item that doesn’t spark joy.
  • There is a method of folding clothes that makes them smaller to fit neatly in drawers. This folding method is also shown in the episode.
  • You then go around the rest of the house. Clearing out all the books, paperwork you don’t want or need.
  • The next stage is called Komono. In turn, you clear out the Kitchen, Bathroom, Garage and then Miscellaneous items.
  • Miscellaneous items are to be stored neatly in boxes with multiple compartments.
  • When you discard an item throughout this process, you must thank it for being in your life and it’s service to you.
  • The final category is sentimental items. This is at the end as after completing the previous tasks you should have become more attuned to items that ‘spark joy

Marie Kondo says that during the tidying and de-cluttering process it may seem that your home is more cluttered. She says, however, this is perfectly normal.

The biggest thing I took away from this is to get the children involved. It has to be a great habit to instil in them! Hopefully they’ll then keep the habit for when they get into their teens.

Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix – Spoiler Alert

Okay it’s not much of a spoiler alert (a bit like someone telling you the Titanic sank, before you watched the film). The episode ends with all being good with the world.

After the whole process the Friends find that their home is happier and more at ease. They also found it gave them more time with their children.

The verdict: We really enjoyed it and if you have Netflix and a home you want to de-clutter then this is well worth a watch. If you don’t have a subscription to Netflix you can get a month free and cancel with no obligation. Therefore you can check out the series.

If you’re expecting you may want to have a clear out before filling your home with baby paraphenalia. Heres 45 Newborn essentials: with a printable checklist you’ll need before your baby is born.

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