After watching the Marie Kondo show, I was heartened that I am a very decent, average lazy person. There are worse lazy bums and dangerous hoarders in the world.
I am not offended by her suggestion to keep only those books that spark joy. I am surprised by the outrage. The woman did not prescribe a certain number of books to keep. She herself keeps around 30. Even if she were to suggest 30 as the ideal number, what stops anyone from building floor-to-ceiling book shelves and filling them with books? It’s not as if you’ve folded all your T-shirts neatly the kondo way and ridden your homes of all the clutter after watching her show. It seems like a case of a lot of silly want-to-be-known-as-book-lovers taking to the internet to show off to the world how much they love books.
Everybody has atleast a couple of pieces of clothing with the tag still on.
We have the Indian paranai system (loft kind of shelves) in most of our homes to store Andaans, deksas, suitcases, suits, dismantled cots, furniture, photo albums, dinner sets, unwanted gifts of clocks, idols and showpieces… We have an entirely separate arrangement up there for any possible eventuality. I wonder what Marie would make of our Paranais.
There is simply no magic in getting to a tidy home. You simply need to lift your bum and get to work. Everything will eventually get done.
I am already following many of her principles. I am constantly giving away clothes, toys and anything else that I can’t stand to arrange every day. I use little trays inside drawers to corral items and keep it neat. I use see-through glass or plastic containers for the fridge because my fridge is usually just as packed as the clothes shelves and I need to quickly know what’s in there.
Most importantly, I’d be on the show too if I didn’t have a domestic help.
You remember I had a pack of unidentified millets in my pantry that was sitting around for a long long time and as part of the new year’s changes, I vowed to use up all my ingredients. I finally soaked this millet to make millet dosai. I was surprised that the millet dosai turned out crispy and incredibly tasty. I then googled to find out what millet it was. It turns out I’d been dealing with Kambu all along. Kambu dosai has this faint nutty flavour and is super delicious. I wouldn’t mind eating this dosai over regular dosai any day. Try today. I am sure you’ll love it too.