Reading Matters

Is Marie Kondo sounding a bit militant?

Marie Kondo is back, and I’m not entirely sure I’m thrilled.

Kondo is the Japanese woman who last year told us in her bestselling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” that if an object in our house does not spark joy, we must rid ourselves of it. I went along with her, and I discarded some things I now regret. However, I’m a big fan of her method -- the KonMari way -- and I’m certain my house is better off for the good drubbing I gave it and its contents.

But now Kondo is back with “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.” Is it my imagination or is she taking on a bit of a militant tone? She’s suggesting we tidy our clothes, “swiftly and mechanically, like a robot.” Like a robot? Seriously?

And she mentions a client’s wooden vanity, which “seemed so chaotic that it took me a moment to recognize what it was. “...a bottle of liquid foundation with a dribble of beige liquid oozing down the side,” “...compacts with their lids gaping open.” And she concludes: “It resembled a haunted house more than a vanity.”

And get this: Kondo now removes the “garish labels” from her laundry detergent and ties “a ribbon around the neck to increase the joy factor.”

And here I was just wondering what to do with all those left-over holiday bows.