Marie Kondo vs. My Tack Room

Is your tack room in need of organizing? Our digital managing editor recently gave hers the Marie Kondo treatment and found KonMari-ing horse-related items more challenging than cleaning her closet.

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By now you’ve surely heard about Marie Kondo. If not, she’s the spritely Japanese woman who’s encouraging Americans to clean out their houses and only keep items that spark joy through her Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” She’s currently making the media rounds and taught Stephen Colbert to fold a fitted sheet on the Late Show. She’s also the reason thrift shores around the country are at maximum capacity.

Kondo’s recent rise in popularity didn’t surprise me. I first heard about her method in 2014 when mentions of her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” started popping up on Pinterest and self-improvement blogs. I read the book back then, decluttered our spare bedroom, and started dutifully rolling/folding and standing clothes upright in my drawers. While not a KonMari (the shorthand for her method) devotee, I did adopt and adapt some of her strategies into my regular routine.

Recently, after watching an episode of her show and feeling inspired, I revisited my closet with a new sense of urgency. If an item of clothing didn’t make me happy when I touched it, I banished it to a Hefty yard-waste bag in the middle of the bedroom floor. When I finished, pretty much only yoga pants and riding breeches remained. I obviously have my priorities

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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