A pocket-sized Asian woman walks through the door with a sparkle in her eye. She whispers and giggles in Japanese, while meandering through a cavernous American home overwhelmed by nutcracker dolls. And we mean overwhelmed. If said house shook even a beat, she and her child-sized signature white sweater vest would be engulfed in stuff, never to be found again. But worry not. Soon the house and its owners will relinquish both their emotional and literal baggage to our tiny hero and various thrift stores. "I love mess," says Marie Kondo. This is a good thing, given that she is both an international tidying megastar and the centrepiece of the new Netflix sensation, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. This smiling woman is the opposite of me in size, shape and disposition. When her book hit the bestseller lists in 2016, the maximalist in me railed against it. Who was this woman who instructed me (and the world) to hold up my stuff to check if it "sparked joy"? And if it did not, thank it and t...

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