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Are You Ready To Marie Kondo Your House?

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Are you one of the millions inspired by Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method to get rid of your clutter? Kondo's books, such as The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, have sparked an intense and prolonged fervor where other self-help gurus have failed. 

What is it about this phenom who advocates tidying as the path to the self-actualization? Is it her respect for our stuff as animated and alive? Is it because she doesn't shame us for our consumption, even as she encourages us to consider why we consume? Do our things 'spark joy' or hold us back?

Yet, she's not without her critics. The backlash has been fierce, and occasionally misconstrued  Kondo's words. What's so threatening about questioning what we value? 


  • Linda Holmes- Host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. Her first novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over-- about love, sad things, baseball, and the state of Maine -- will be published this June (@lindaholmes)
  • Kristyn Ivey - Professional organizer and consultant specializing in the KonMari Method, the owner of For the Love of Tidy, and co-host of the weekly podcast Spark Joy (@SparkJoyPodcast).
  • Jasmine Bager -  Saudi freelance journalistbased in New York who writes primarily about arts and culture in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia. (@JasmineBager)
  • Imani Clenance - Founded and blogs for “The Glorious Globe,” a blog to encourage people, especially women of color, to see more of the world. Prior to that, she was an account manager for the Carolina Panthers. 

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on March 13, 2019.

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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