Chrissie Swan became obsessed with Marie Kondo. Now it's caused 'all sorts of problems' in her home.

Since its debut at the beginning of the year, Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo has certainly had an impact.

In just under a month, the reality show has inspired thousands of viewers to throw out all of their useless junk, leading charity shops to be inundated with “joy-less” donations.

But there’s a side to Marie Kondo’s genius decluttering method that we don’t often talk about – Kondo regret.

Speaking with Nova radio’s Fitzy and Wippa on Thursday morning, Chrissie Swan told of her experience with “deep Kondo regret”.

Sharing a story about her friend’s Kondo regret as an example, the radio host explained how her friend ran after a woman after she had sold her an old pair of her shorts at a garage sale.

“She said ‘Oh my god, I’m so sorry, I’ve made a mistake. They’re sparking joy, I’ll give you your money back’,” Chrissie said.

The mum-of-three also explained how the Netflix show is causing “all sorts of problems” for her at home.

“You watch one episode and you cannot wait to do it in your own house,” the 45-year-old said.

“I’ve gone through every drawer. I’ve cried a lot – but it does involve crying because you spend your whole day on one cupboard,” she admitted.

“Then you get sidetracked, so you find an old lipstick, and you put that on and an old headband, and you put that on and by the end you look like you should be institutionalised.”

Another big problem Chrissie encountered was getting rid of everything that “doesn’t spark joy”.


From organising donations to charity to contacting a rubbish removal company, the Kondo-ing of Chrissie’s house ended up costing her $200.

Missed Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo? Watch the trailer right here.

Even before Tidying Up With Marie Kondo was released, the organising guru has been inspiring people to declutter and tidy their homes.

Her 2014 book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising became an international bestseller as readers adopted Kondo’s famous KonMari method.

Have you experienced Kondo regret? Let us know in the comments.

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