Marie Kondo Is Helpless

I considered doing the whole Marie Kondo thing but it’s useless. “Throw away everything that doesn’t give you joy”?

I grew up in the USSR. We had shortages of shoe laces. And food. And clothes. And toilet paper. And books. And scrunchies. Actually, scrunchies didn’t exist at all.

Everything gives me joy! You should have seen me when I bought a toilet paper roll stand. I was literally going nuts with joy. It was years ago, and I still get a warm and fuzzy feeling about the stand every day. Marie Kondo can’t help me. It will take a couple more generations for us to get ready to be Mariekondoed.

In the photo is my sparkly scrunchie collection. And yes, it gives me joy.

14 thoughts on “Marie Kondo Is Helpless”

  1. Marie Kondo’s method of decluttering is reasonable IF you’re a steady hoarder of junk that you frequently buy, don’t use, and allow to pile up. When I retired from the military 21 years ago, I built my first ever (empty) house (3,ooo sq.ft. with four bed rooms [two converted into a home office and exercise room that I use daily], big kitchen and family room, and a mainly-for-show great room for infrequent guests).

    I bought sufficient furniture (and a few pictures) so that it didn’t look like a military barracks, and the necessary kitchen utensils (GF grill, slow cooker, etc.) that would enable me to start doing my own cooking, along with necessary units for the entertainment center, office, and home gym.

    Since then I buy basically nothing except replacement items as things wear out or are used up. Owning my own house after ending the military nomadic life style at age 52 gives me joy, but I promptly dispose of broken/no-longer-useful items, and the lack of clutter has stayed about the same since 1998.

    So everything I own is useful (“gives me joy”) — hey, nothing to toss.

    As for “downsizing,” I’ll do that the day I move into a coffin. 🙂


  2. I get rid of books, papers and clothes, and should get rid of papers / perhaps books at a faster rate.

    Clothes: I do not keep around what has worn out. I have enough clothes, but not so many that I don’t know what I’ve got.

    Books: I keep getting more, and I sell / donate the ones I am not touching much any more. If I had unlimited space that would be different, but libraries exist for a reason and also, the books aren’t useful if I have to have them double-shelved or otherwise cannot see what I’ve got.

    Papers: I have files. Some I never look at but they have great material in them. Much of it is now available on line and I need to make virtual files instead but it is tedious so I do not.

    My grandmother was a decorator and believed in mid century style, not Victorian to Edwardian clutter, so I have things in the house and office but it never occurred to me to overstuff them. Also, I don’t have a buying addiction. Shopping, yes, I love to look at stores and what they have, but this doesn’t lead me to buying anything that doesn’t … GIVE ME JOY. So yes, all the things I have give me joy, because I only ever bought stuff that I knew would.


  3. I don’t understand people who get rid of books. Or rather, I understand it intellectually but not emotionally. It makes me shudder to even consider getting rid of a book.

    And one can never have too many scrunchies. This I learned as a child. They keep disappearing on me, so the more I have the better. :p


      1. “Libraries exist for a reason”

        But they’re really crappy in large parts of the world (and not liable to stock things in foreign languages). I do get rid of some books but often end up regretting it…


      2. “Libraries exist for a reason.”

        -Yes, and a lot of what I own isn’t at my local libraries, or it’s impossible to get a copy. Holds cost money, and so does ILL — it’s not like at a university where it’s free. Those fees add up, not to mention late fees or the inability to keep it as long as I need, and sometimes it can be worth it just to order the damn book. And then I often reread the books on my shelves.


          1. I love the little wooden library project. I leave books there all the time, and it’s so much fun to trace how fast they disappear and which ones are popular. I think it’s the control aspect for me.


  4. The KonMari method doesn’t actually work with hoarders or people who are in a situation where they cannot easily replace the things they discard.


  5. Yeah, only works for those who can replace stuff easily and don’t have psychological trauma related to stuff – it is interesting watching the show where there are occasionally people who really struggle with certain classes of stuff. I do, however, find her technique for folding clothes quite useful – it did give me more space in my drawers and I can see my options a lot more easily.


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