If you’ve been looking for ways to be happier in your home, you’ve likely heard about the Marie Kondo craze.  Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is a new television show on Netflix presenting the ideas behind her now famous philosophy:  if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it. 

From thinning the clothes in your closet to minimizing the furniture in your living room, the show highlights methods for making your home happier by extracting the items that don’t provide an immediate sense of satisfaction.  Of course, my washer and dryer don’t necessarily bring me joy, but I guess I’ll keep them out of gratitude that I don’t have to rinse and wring my clothes out by hand.

While this methodology is a great way to begin the “declutter” and “edit” process, I can’t help but recall when Ms. Kondo’s idea first hit it big – on an episode of Gilmore Girls.  Like Mrs. Gilmore, you can get rid of half your home, and while you may feel the burden of stuff has lifted, finding joy and happiness in your home is bigger than making it tidy.  But, light and airy is a step in the right direction.  And by the buzz, makes for interesting T.V.

What do you think?  Do you equate less stuff with less stress?  Less to clean.  Less to look at.  Less to manage.  Less (stuff) is more (joy)?

Here are a few articles on the subject of stuff and how having it affects us:

https://www.netflix.com/title/80209379 – The Tidying Up official site

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/high-octane-women/201203/why-mess-causes-stress-8-reasons-8-remedies

https://www.verywellmind.com/the-cost-of-clutter-3144688

https://www.yourmodernfamily.com/clutter-causes-stress/