Tuesday, 12 January 2016
How to empty your house of stuff in 3 months and 2 minutes - FAVE TV #34 NBC Today Marie Kondo package
When I started my list of all time 100 favourite TV moments, it was meant to be all about the weird stuff I loved growing up with in the 70s and 80s, and some of the stuff from being an archive researcher at the BBC
(here's a link to Steve Wright and Edd the Duck...).
But more and more, the clips are ones forwarded to me on YouTube - TV from around the world, made any time.
Do they count?
They do now.
This NBC Today package by Meena Duerson literally changed our life.
We read some extracts and tried out the book: "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever" by Marie Kondo and then this happened.
Everything you need to know about the "Konmari method" is in that video at the top.
You have to work through all your possessions by type, in a strict order.
If you break the order, I think you'll fail.
It's like working through the belts of a martial art.
(Making sure to throw out the belts when you've done them).
A moment now, for our fallen from the Garden shed.
The other crucial thing is that you actually have to hold the item in your hands when you decide whether or not it sparks joy.
Not "it might come in useful" or "I've not used this in a year" or "I'll find somewhere for this".
It's, does holding this thing make me happy?
On every single item - from every sock to every photo.
And you let go of everything that doesn't spark joy. For us that means looking like nutters in Scope and Sue Ryder with 9 car loads and getting on first name terms with the team at the Tip.
We let it all go.
And it felt great.
Marie Kondo in the book explains what happens next - don't want to give away any spoilers here.
This is the book:
Which lead us onto another brilliant book:
Stuffocation: Living More With Less
We haven't given them away.
My full Top 100 TV list is coming together here...
And here are the last few...
#26 Late Night with David Letterman
#27 Chopper Squad
#29 The BBC Grandstand Fight
#31 The Theme From Juliet Bravo
#32 Any and every James Hunt documentary...
#33 Foreign language sketch shows
Round 3 of my Great British Dad Challenge Gameshow pilot - Squashing down the wheeliebins after you missed a week #BritishDadStuff