Which De-Cluttering Cult Is Right For You?

konmari and beyond

It seems like in the past few months, a little book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has taken over the world. Or my world, at least. Growing up in a house where you might encounter a taxidermied boar or a lamp that “will get fixed one day,” has, over time, developed into habits of extreme tidiness in my adult-ish-hood.

Tidy people are often labeled neat freaks (fair), germaphobes (not the same thing!), and all-around high strung. In reality, though, most people who crave tidiness are craving calm. Marie Kondo, a organizing consultant from Japan, has reached guru status due to precisely this lure. Crowds flock to her sold-out lectures and her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” is a #1 New York Times Best Seller. From millennials to moms, it’s a phenomenon that speaks to overwhelment with the Internet and accumulation of cheaper fast fashion. Even those who aren’t usual tidiers are intrigued by the idea that getting rid of things could feel really good. Like, addictingly good.

But Kondo’s cleanse is not the only way to hop onboard the organization cult bandwagon. Here are some options that could help out every person.