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Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Netflix helps you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Marie Kondo smiles in front a pool table. Denise Crew/Netflix
Emily St. James was a senior correspondent for Vox, covering American identities. Before she joined Vox in 2014, she was the first TV editor of the A.V. Club.

Need help getting your cluttered home in order? Netflix and Japanese organization genius Marie Kondo are here to help. Across eight episodes, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo brings the woman into the lives of troubled Los Angelenos who simply have too much stuff.

The level of mess varies from episode to episode. Some people are borderline hoarders, while others simply don’t quite know how to organize their stuff. Kondo doesn’t judge, and in her willingness to treat the things we buy as an extension of our deeper, more spiritual selves, she finds a weird antidote to capitalism run amok. Tidying Up is a show that simultaneously acknowledges that you can never fill the void inside of you with more stuff, but also that you’ve tried to do so before, and letting go of previous attempts can be tough emotional labor.

“You don’t want to recognize yourself in these ‘untidy’ people who can’t bear to part with maternity clothes or high-school notes or the 85th nutcracker they collected. But you will.” Jen Chaney, Vulture

Metacritic score: 69 out of 100

Where to watch: Tidying Up is streaming on Netflix.