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This episode focused on the Japanese “decluttering” guru Marie Kondo. Ugo and Restart volunteer Ten both started to read Kondo’s global best-seller, The Life-
While Kondo’s brand of decluttering could provoke people to value and love the things the own more, it also could simply work in service of a throw-away economy. We unpacked Kondo’s take on reuse, recycling and sharing, trying to take the positive points but not saving any critique.
To close, we talked about a conversation between Kenyan and British repair professionals that took place at the V&A Museum in an event called “Dreaming Zero Waste”. Their workshops again had us questioning the notion of clutter, stuff, and how we live and work.
Links we mentioned
- Telegraph piece quoting Sir David MacKay ‘Stop buying new appliances and cars and repair them instead’
- Video: Airbnb Open: Tidying Consultant, Marie Kondo
- Marie Kondo tells us to ditch joyless items but where are we sending them?
- Our post Tiny houses, decluttering and late consumerist disorders
- Wikipedia entry on Japanese feeling of “mottainai”
- “Dreaming Zero Waste”
[Feature image by Flickr user Websummit]