Two years after the hit series Order in the House, Marie Kondo, the queen of the organization, returns to the Netflix with the series Everyday Magic, which opens on Tuesday, 31. With just three episodes, it shows how organization helps in other aspects of life, such as relationships and business, and not just in keeping a nice closet.
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“The inspiration came from our community. After the launch of the first series, many people who used the KonMari method shared their life-changing stories with us, and it was through these stories that Daily Magic was inspired,” says Marie Kondo in document offered by Netflix.
“A new miniseries that focuses on applying KonMari’s fundamentals to places beyond the home and takes a deeper look at the transformative power it has in people’s lives and the community around them,” he sums up.
His method, in essence, remains the same: organize by categories rather than by area. There are five of them: clothes, books, papers, komono (which would be kitchen, bathroom and garage, but here they can be translated as ‘variety items’) and sentimental pieces. In some cases, the clothing category is ignored in the new series, which focuses on companies and institutions.
Detachment, balance and joy are the concepts that Marie shares with the families of gardener Jimmy, businesswoman Joanna and volunteer Lorri. “Each story has a unique and special role within their respective communities, which is what resonates with me the most. The positive influence they have on people and their surrounding communities is very similar to the deep and personal impact that the joy of tidying up have in others,” he says.
The series also shows a bit of Marie’s personal life. Her husband and daughters appear in the episodes and prove that the method is practiced by everyone there. You can also see your house, which has a minimalist style and various textures – straw benches and stone walls – and cozy objects such as pillows and blankets. “Before having kids, I was focused on organizing just indoors, but now I see that it’s important for all areas of life,” she says in one of the scenes in the series.
According to Marie, the changes in the world and the union between work and home or work and community made her need to want to share her home and professional life with viewers.
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“In the Japanese way of thinking, we believe that every object has a soul or energy that flows through it,” she says in the very first few seconds of the first episode. For this reason, the two main aspects of the KonMari method are gratitude and happiness. Before starting any arrangement, the ideal is to welcome the space, closing your eyes and staying silent for a few seconds. “This will help you calm down and clear your mind. It will also reduce any anxiety you may have about the process,” teaches Marie.
The question that made her known around the world (“Does this bring happiness?”) must be asked for each piece in the house. As soon as you can answer yes to each item and each room, harmony starts to flow.
This is the first step: before organizing, discard. To do this, take everything that has been accumulated and place all the objects in the category on a surface so that you can see them. Ask yourself what brings happiness or not, and if it is negative, thank your service and say goodbye.
“Leave guilt feelings behind – this will allow you to organize, discard or donate without shame for being a waste. Showing gratitude for objects makes you appreciate the past when they brought you joy,” explains Marie.
In the series, personal gifts of great sentimental value – such as flowers or old drawings from the children – are discussed to show that it is not necessary to keep them all and never see them again, but rather to keep some and guarantee their important place in the memory shelf. Marie Kondo says, “Remember that the point here is not to get rid of as many things as possible. The important thing is to appreciate every item of sentimental value you have and to value what you choose to keep.”
Keeping in mind the lifestyle you want for the future can help keep you focused on why that place is being fixed. At the same time, the organization is a time to remember the past and even get emotional about the different phases of life, as seen in the episodes.
“Cleaning up is a process that allows you to have a dialogue with yourself. It serves as a guide to acquiring the right mindset to create order and is an extremely unique journey, as it depends on each person’s personal values. The tidying process helps people to think carefully about the kind of life they want to live,” points out the organizer.
After discarding unnecessary items, place the remaining ones vertically. This way, you can see everything at once and find each object more easily. “Stick with items that increase your motivation,” suggests Marie. Boxes and organizers should be simple and practical. If you have small items, such as paper clips or post-its, put them in a small box inside the larger box; don’t leave them lying around.
When decorating your table or bench, it’s important to have items that lift your spirits, such as family photos or some special prize. Plants are also important to bring lightness and the presence of nature to work. These rules apply to both the home office and the firm’s office.
For the home, it is important to create an energy recharge point to use after work or stressful situations. According to Marie Kondo, it doesn’t have to be a whole room, it can be a little corner, but it should be full of objects that bring joy.