What Sarah Wilson thinks we're all missing about Marie Kondo's decluttering methods.

It’s may have been a few weeks since the release of Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, but the world just cannot stop talking about Marie Kondo’s famous decluttering methods.

From her ever-popular books to her new reality show, it’s not hard to understand why Kondo’s famous KonMari method has become so popular.

But although Kondo’s methods are spreading like wildfire, it seems not everyone is a fan of her techniques.

Watch the official trailer for Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo below.

Author and founder of I Quit Sugar Sarah Wilson is the latest person to weigh in on the Japanese organising guru’s techniques.

Sharing a post to Instagram, Wilson argued that “owning less is better than organising more”.

“Nope, Marie Kondo and I are not on the same page,” Wilson wrote.

“I encourage humanity to find joy in not buying stuff in the first place, and repurposing and using up stuff you have and COMPROMISING (going without),” she continued.

“It’s a massive ethical and spiritual difference. Gargantuan.

“My tip: only donate what you would be comfortable giving to a friend (albeit with difference taste with you) or better: only donate as much as you BUY at a thrift store.”


Wilson is not wrong – as it turns out, sparking joy results in a lot of waste.

Since the release of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, charity shops worldwide have been absolutely inundated with donations.

Many of Wilson’s followers agreed with her message too.

“We need to look after our planet and change the way we purchase. We have lost the respect for items our grandparents had. We are buying and discarding without respect,” one person commented.

“Oh my goodness I agree! Watching that program horrified me. The gluttony, the waste,” another wrote.

On the other hand, others argued that Wilson had simply missed Kondo’s point.

Netflix's Tidying Up With Marie Kondo has had a huge impact. Image: Netflix

"I would really encourage you to read more about her and her method. Because I think you are missing the point," one follower wrote.

"You make a very good point, but I just wanted to offer a side note about #mariekondo. I think her underlying philosophy, while not necessarily minimalist, promotes an attitude of fully appreciating all of your processions and discourages consumerism. Her philosophy is addressed more thoroughly in her books than on the Netflix series. I think you are not actually on different of pages," another commented.

"This is pretty much Marie’s whole jive as well," another said. "She advocates spending less time organising, which ultimately means having less and buying less."

Either way, it seems Marie Kondo's methods aren't going away anytime soon...