I suggested this series and lucky for me, she enthusiastically said, "sure, what the hell". Watching this show reminded me of the first time I saw "The Wizard of Oz" as a kid. If you have kids under 17 reading this, please usher them into another room before I continue.
For those of you not familiar with Marie Kondo, she is an award winning organizing consultant and author. Her 4 books on organizing have sold millions of copies, translated from Japanese to 9 languages, and she was named one of Time magazine's most influential people in 2015. Her methods are known as the KonMari method, which are inspired by the Shinto religion.
In her Netflix show, Marie shows up at people's cluttered, borderline hoarding-like homes and teaches them the KonMari method to restore peace and order. From the first minute, I was giddy....5S baby!!!!
When she shows up, Marie "introduces" herself to the home, sitting on the floor with her eyes closed for a few minutes (to the bewilderment of the homeowners). Sometimes we forget the spirit of 5S and focus only on the sort-set-shine-standardize-sustain. 5S is really about respect....respect for others who work or play in the area, respect for visitors and respect for the space.
Marie then leads the homeowners through the process, which I will call.....KonMari/5S!!
- Seiri (sort)-all items are categorized. Usually she starts with clothing. The first thing is to pull every piece of clothing out and dump it in a pile on the bed or the floor. Some people's pile looks like a mountain. Then, you do what we call in lean a "red tag" event. Hold up each item, one at a time, and ask, "does this item inspire joy?". If yes, it stays, if no, thank it for it's past contribution and remove it from your life.
- Seiton (set)-for all of the items that spark joy, make sure they have their own place, and are stored in a way you can find them easily. Marie recommends storing items in drawers standing on end, and she teaches how to fold and store fitted sheets. Everything has it's place.
- Seiso (shine)-cleaning is a daily activity, not once in a while or after things get out of hand. Maintaining cleanliness is part of the daily routine. Seiso means the area will always remain clean and neat. At the end of the day, all items are returned to their "set" place.
- Seiketsu (standardize)-to me, this is the hardest part of 5S. It requires that I work to gain agreement with everyone who works or plays (or eats or sleeps) in the area. Marie does this by involving all of the family members, so they can see the value of the KonMari method. In 5S, standardize means developing a daily checklist that everyone who works in the area agrees to, and everyone knows what their responsibilities are.
- Shitsuke (sustain)-refers to maintaining the standards of the first 4. For 5S, think auditing. Auditing should not be thought of as punitive. In fact, auditing should be thought of as helping.
So, anyway, we probably watched 3 or 4 episodes of "Tidying Up" and immediately I'm thinking Emmy Award winner, no question, hands down. I thought, for the first time in my life, I would watch the show so I could cry when Marie won, heck, maybe Gloria and I could make a vacation out of it, and go to the award show and see her on the red carpet!!! I was going to wake her up to ask her, but I figured it could wait until morning. I guess lean porn isn't for everyone.