Have watched most of the episodes, never read the books.
While I appreciate Marie Kondo's joy and gratitude message, I find her cutesy squeaky personality a bit much. Plus, if she lives in America and is the host of an American TV show, it seems she should be speaking English on the show. All those subtitles are excessive.
Agree with the opinions about the Babe family. Even if she doesn't like doing laundry, it's not like she has to scrub each item on a washboard in a steel tub. Throw it in a machine and push a button - what's to "do"? And when you pay someone to do your laundry, do they come to your house and do it there, or do they pick up a big basket of dirty laundry and return it clean and folded? If the second one, then you still have to put it away, which seems to be a main problem with Babe woman.
I don't understand why folding a tshirt is such a revelation. Isn't this a pretty basic skill? And if you don't fold them, what do you do with them, toss them in a drawer? Don't they get wrinkled?
The older couple with the massive amount of clutter made me twitchy. I have a LOT of Christmas stuff, but it's in bins and boxes. How is that new? The husband's baseball card collection might be valuable, but I don't understand having a collection of anything that sits in cardboard boxes. What it for? To enjoy? Then display it. To sell for its value? Then sell it.
The downsizing family just needs a bigger place, and some dressers, which they got. They were fun.
Margie the widow was a lovely woman. I hope she moves forward after getting through this tough part of getting rid of her husband's things.
Interesting comment upthread that the homes seemed dated after watching too much HGTV. Most people don't have the money to rip out perfectly good ten year old kitchens. I thought most of the homes were very ordinary. The Babe couple's home looked like a Wayfair catalogue, and Margies home was typical of a comfortable upper middle class family home that isn't swayed by the latest decor trends.
I wondered that, too, when I saw the sink filled with dishes and yes, they had one. I don't understand people who put dishes in the sink when they have a dishwasher. They're literally out of sight, and when it's full you just push a button. So easy, don't understand why people don't use them.
I enjoy the show, but I guess I don't see how folding clothes, getting rid of stuff you don't use, and putting things back in the cupboard is such a revelation.