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Fashion (& life): Apply #doesitsparkjoy to more than just things

Since it looks like we are all going to be home for a little while longer, I thought I would write a different kind of fashion blog post today!

First of all, happy Bank Holiday to those of you who are in the UK. Three out of four Spring holidays on lockdown, only one more to go! 

It was 2016, and I was staying at a friend’s house in Pittsburgh, US. She had just spent the weekend tidying up her house, but she didn’t just cleaned and put things away, she got rid of stuff. A lot of stuff.

She told me about this book, by a Japanese author, that helped her turning her home into a place she truly loved. She seemed so full of glee just by talking about it, I thought I would give it a try. Borrowed the book, and pretty much finished in on my flight to NY; while reading it, I found myself agreeing with quite a lot of it. When I went back to London, my yearly clear-out took on a slightly different meaning and I added a few extra things to my yearly ritual. The years went by, and, although I forgot about the book, I was still tidying up my house once a year.

It was 2019, and Netflix launched a new show to start the year: Tying up with Marie Kondo. That’s right, the book I read was the bestseller ‘The Life-Changing magic of Tidying up’, and now there was a tv series about it! That’s what tidying up needed to become mainstream. The series becomes a success and soon after newspapers talked about the Kondo-effect. Charity shops became the best shopping destinations, where one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Tidying up with Marie Kondo is available on Netflix


(warning and general recommendations: some patronizing scenes represented, pick-and-choose what you want to take out from it, and take the rest of the show with a pinch of salt) 

Read ‘The Life-Changing magic of Tidying Up’ review on GoodReads

konmarie book

(way less patronizing, rather pleasant, not very long either)

‘The Life-Changing magic of Tidying up’ came out in 2011, and peaked fame in 2015 when it made the TIME 100. That was also the year that ‘The Life-Changing magic of Not Giving a Fuck’ was launched; a book by Sarah Knight that applied the same principles of tidy-house-tidy-mind into your own life.

Now, if you don’t feel like reading the Marie Kondo’s book, you can watch the Netflix show; but since there is no tvshow/movie version of Sarah Knight’s TLCMONGAF, I have got your back, here is a Vogue article for the highlights.

sarah knight

Read ‘The Life-Changing magic of Not Giving a Fuck’ review on GoodReads

(disclaimer: this book is a parody, do not feel obliged to follow the book’s preaching or blame it for your poor life decisions, instead take pride in those decisions because they were yours)