Marie Kondo Advises Throwing Out Relatives That No Longer Bring You Joy

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Netflix has a new hit on its hands, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, that Americans simply can’t get enough of.

“Her tips are so great – especially the one about clearing out musty old books and relatives that are cluttering up your home.”

Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant behind the KonMari method of keeping things neat and tidy, is proving hugely popular, especially with those prone to hoarding old newspapers and other junk like cantankerous family members.

“Just throw them out – it may hurt at first but you’ll get over it in no time!”

Kondo also has sage advice geared towards newlyweds, who may be inexperienced in managing a home.

“Just go with your gut when designing a layout. If you don’t like it after a few months, simply throw out your furniture and spouse and start again!”

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95 Comments on "Marie Kondo Advises Throwing Out Relatives That No Longer Bring You Joy"

  1. Actually I wish it was real!! Haha I knew I was a genius!

  2. AT THE TOP OF THE ARTICLE IT SAYS THIS IS A SATIRICAL BLOG! Get a grip, people, Marie Kondo DID NOT WRITE THIS. It’s called HUMOR. Get some. Sheesh.

  3. I agree with her. I am tired of being my family’s doormat. I am not weak. I am just exhausted with irate people who never mutually want to find peace or a solution. I have more peace away from the chaotics. I am ready for people who value my presence. You must live it from my perspective to really understand it. God speed!

  4. Unfortunately I believe that this is satire.😢
    We are to many that grow up in toxic families. Most of us need a push to actually see the toxicity and get the power to get out.

  5. Unfortunately I believe that this is satire.😢
    As a lot of us needs to clean out our closet, it’s a very difficult thing to do. And nobody should be shamed for trying to thrive. I am sure we would have a lot less mental health problems amongst our youngsters, if we didn’t forced them back in to their toxic environment.

  6. Don’t follow stupids. When stupid become famous, he/she will influence others to become stupid like them. She said that because she’s not old yet, can anybody tell me if this kondo getting old, sick, hopeless..will someone Throw her in a condo and let her die and rotten there? Can she accept that when her own kids do that to her? What kind of mental problem she talks about?

    • It’s fake/satire. Someone needs to take the bait and congrats, it’s you.

    • Different when someone like your father is a real piece of human garbage that quit his job and mooches off his wife and son and threatens to hurt their family and friends if we dont listen to what he says. We moved away cause i had the balls to tell him off. now currently living with his mom mooching off her retirement. you mean that kind of stupid? if thats not stupid to you then you need some help.

  7. Easier said than done.

  8. Yep. It was when my husband’s father told my husband that one of the many reasons FIL did not like me was because of how I eat bacon (wrong, apparently) that I realized it was not me, it was him and I didn’t have to deal with it. I stopped visiting in laws and my life got better.

  9. Funny! Too bad you can’t do that with cats or dogs! (I mean, what if you find out the cat is toxic to your health — anaphylactic shock/asthma sort of thing — cat-induced insanity aside. Crazy cat people might kill you first though . . .)

  10. If you understand the pitfalls of consumerism, you won’t fall for this. What people need to do is not to throw away all their troubles, but to find out what is the source of their troubles. When there are so many obstacles in society that you can’t see what you really want and what is the most important thing you should protect, freedom just jumps from one trap into another.

    • Yes! At last someone understands that this is vapid advice for people who are unwilling to think for themselves or have serious boundary issues. There are consequences for our actions too.

      Getting rid of family/people from our lives as if they an old pair of shoes is wrong and can cause harm that was not intended. Collateral damage. All for what? Because Mari Kondo says so.

  11. I’ve always struggled with trying to do the right thing at all times and never hurt anyone’s feelings …like way way way too much and then so disoriented when I’m faced with rejection or what feels like betrayal
    on some level. I start drinking again.

    • @Janet you are worthy of taking up space in this world. You are valuable, unique, and worthy of love. People will hurt you less and less the more you realize your true self. You are a beacon to this world, Janet! Never forget that someone needs you to be their light and guide them across. Thank you for existing.

    • There’s a book called “ boundaries “. It’s a good book

    • You don’t need to drink again! ❤️ I struggle with procrastination and obstacles but the best thing I ever did was get sober in 1994. Everything else is icing. Love to you. Love yourself ~ it’s within you! 🙏

  12. Hilarious article!!! Absolute comedy gold, but when you think about it, why would you keep joyless/joy thieving people in your life? Masochism? Why would toxic relatives get a pass? Mislaid sense of obligation? This could actually become a thing! 😆

  13. sO TRUE…. WHY SUFFER????

  14. Some of these comments are confusing lol. You can’t “throw out a toxic family member” if you’re the toxic family member that they “threw” out to begin with lol. Some of you wrote a list of things that your family member didn’t do for you and judged you so you eventually threw them out of your life. Dont you think that maybe they didn’t help you because you were the toxic one? It’s the family member that keeps coming around no matter how nice you are or helpful to them, they still ask and take advantage and then bully you or attack you if you are unable to help. They will taint your character to other family members because you didn’t give in to their requests due to their unhappiness. That’s a toxic relative.

    • Wow, you hit the nail on the head with this one.
      Also to note- her comments about throwing out family are just jest, and not to be taken seriously. Why are people seriously listening to this?

      • Hi
        I’ll feel you why
        There’s swathes of people who are being dumped and it’s touches a nerve…..
        Loads of Estranged Parents are being excluded out of adult children’s lives….
        It’s a sore point for many ….

        • Doreen Adams | May 23, 2019 at 8:45 pm | Reply

          If you’re experiencing abandonment by your adult children, read Sharon Wildey’s two books titled Abandoned Parents: The Devils Dilemma and Abandoned Parents: Healing Beyond Understanding. Both books more than any other have helped me heal from the nightmare they and their father caused me. Pamela Richardson is the author of The Kidnapped Mind, another excellent book that validates us as loving, compassionate parents.

        • Some parents deserve to be abandoned. Not every parent is good, there are many terrible parents that do nothing but hurt their children.

    • Maybe its Nunya business

    • Oh yes, I’m at fault and not my narcissistic drug addict mother. Some people deserve to be thrown out of others peoples lives. She made me feel like absolute crap my entire life, maybe feel like I was worthless, and didn’t want me to be who I am. She hated that I didn’t wear make up or dresses and tried to “fix” that, she hated that I didn’t believe in god and acted like I had told her I had killed someone when I told her I was an atheist, I was never good enough for her. Why should I keep that in my life?

    • Apparently you missed the part that says THIS. IS. SATIRE.

  15. I called my twin sister from Manhattan on 9/11. She couldn’t talk long, as my skyline was burning as I walked downtown against the sea of millions on the street, because her college roommate needed the only phone on Akron’s campus to call her boyfriend in Pennsylvania. She went on to argue how she was also in danger, since University of Alron apparently has a science building on the terrorists watch list. Years later, I called her when I was trying to find a rehab facility and wanted to kill myself. Twin sis claimed to not know I had a problem, despite my years of honesty with it, and hung up me. She married her first husband, who was a bit of a loader, and they went through tough financial times. I sent money no questions asked. When my best friend was sexually assaulted in Jamaica last year, I emailed to ask for a loan so I could bribe the security to help keep us safe as we were being followed on the beach outside our resort (jamaica is a very ant-gay place and I’m gay), she didn’t respond but informed the whole family about it and suggested that’s what I deserved for taking my first vacation ever as a 36-year old man. I then blocked her on Facebook. I was recently arrested and called her from jail to ask if her second husband, the lawyer, could defend me or recommend someone who could. She said she wasn’t sure she wanted him to after how I took the news of her marrying the cheating bastard. While they were dating I was there to support and lend an ear and shoulder for the many crying hours she needed to vent. She married him on a Monday after our father had prostate surgery the previous Friday to remove cancer (my dad couldn’t go to the wedding and, per my suggestion, our older brother stayed home to look after him while twin sister partied in white). I got a much better lawyer and haven’t talked to her since. It’s tough, cause I loved her so much, but she does nothing but bring judgement and pain and thinks only of herself. She didn’t even visit our generous father in the hospital. Au revoir!

  16. I called my twin sister from Manhattan on 9/11. She had to let me go so her roommate could call her boyfriend in Pennsylvania. Years later, I called her when I was trying to find a rehab facility and wanted to kill myself. Twin sis claimed to not know I had a problem, despite my years of honesty with it, and hung up me. She married a jerk and they went through tough financial times, I sent money no questions asked. When my best friend was sexually assaulted in Jamaica last year, I emailed to ask for a loan so I could bribe the security to keep us safe (jamaica is a very ant-gay place and I’m gay), she didn’t respond but informed the whole family about it and suggested that’s what I deserved for taking my first vacation ever as a 36-yew4 old man. I then blocked her on Facebook. I was recently arrested and called her from jail to ask if her second husband, the lawyer, could defend me or recommend someone who could. She said she wasn’t sure she wanted him to after how I took the news of her marrying the cheating bastard; while they were dating I was there to support and lend an ear and shoulder for the manycrying hours she needed. She married him on a Monday after our father had prostate surgery to remove cancer (my dad couldn’t go and, per my suggestion, our older brother stayed home to look after him while twin sister partied in white). I got a much better lawyer and haven’t talked to her since. It’s tough, cause I loved her so much, but she does nothing but bring judgement and pain and thinks only of herself. She didn’t even visit our generous father in the hospital. Au revoir!

  17. I live in eastern Penn…..is this still satirical for me?

  18. I divorced my ex after only 6 months of a super sucks marriage, had a big big fight with my siblings afterwards they throw me out from the family. Apparantly in my country, people still think and feel ashamed about what will people say with my decision. Well, life is too short. I have no regret, and after throwing out all those rotten relationships, even with my siblings, I feel really really much better and I enjoy my life more !

    • Seems like u are the problem

      • lolol true

      • No, I believe you are. She is happy. For you to judge her having no idea what she has been through suggests you are the one who has a problem. I applaud her for being happy in an incredibly hard situatiion. i would judge you as a bitter person with nothing else to do but put others down to build yourself up but then that would be judgemental of me. I don’t like that feeling, it makes me feel unhappy so I won’t judge you , simply pray you examine you own motives before picking on someone you clearly have no idea of their ordeal.
        Have you thoght of volunteering for the less fortunate? There is nothing more fulfilling and more grounding than helping someone with no home, no food….. You often realize how lucky you are to have yours.
        Certified Crisis Counselor since age 19 although judged disabled at 43, I still work full time over 20 years later. Would you like to guess why? May I ask what your profession is? Oh, and my friends are always amazed at how happy I am, funny, I inherited my father’s sarcastic wit and I think my mother is one of the most beautiful, talented women I’ve ever met. She is undoubtably a genius as well, and at 92 she still knits dolls for CASA children. I’m sorrry, I have a client. My time I”m sure was wasted. Oh well, I’ve grown bored anyway.

    • Live your best life, Vera.

    • Nobody understands your sarcasm. Maybe the website should throw them out as they no longer bring me any joy to read them.

      • Maybe since sarcasm isn’t plural. It not they sweetheart, may be why you don’t understand, I doubt ”nobody”.

    • You are smart

    • Congratulations on making a critical decision in your life, to save your happiness. What others think of us in not our business. What we think of ourselves is. You need to take care of yourself and not worry about what your family thinks of divorce. They didn’t live in your marriage, you did.

  19. Throw out relatives that make you unhappy?
    What a good idea!
    Look out for low-flying brother..!
    Ahhhhh, that’s better…

  20. From seeing the caption regarding “throwing out”, I INSTANTLY agreed. Then I start reading the comments, and they became ugly, but I also started seeing some of you informing people this was a satirical post… …I had to look up the term, and I realized, SOME OF YOU OTHERS SHOULD TOO BEFORE RESPONDING TO OTHERS PEOPLE’S COMMENTS BASHING THEM FOR HAVING A SENSE OF HUMOR, IN A WORLD THAT’S SO FULL OF HATRED..

  21. Unfortunately in the state I live in you have to go through the process of filing eviction procedures which take months. I think the homeless shelters are too full. Takes away the sheer delight of spontaneous tossing out of belongings and rude coinhabitants! This is true even if they are ungrateful leeches. Think hard before you take in someone. There is usually a good reason they are homeless!

  22. I’ve done it several times. Look people family is only a biological chain . Chemistry is what loves you and what you love. I’ve put up with far too much pain and have finally drawn a line and enough is enough. I’m 51 now so my filters are off. Dont dick me around or piss me off. Il not have any of it . Life is too short . Life is precious !

  23. No satire, here. I actually did this with a parent. For reals. My life feels SO much better.

    • Me too.

    • Same! No one on this earth is entitled to treat another human being like shit.

      • Same. It only took me 32 yrs. I don’t recommend you wait that long.

        • I did this with a parent and we didn’t speak for 4 years. Then we got talking again and realising that they’d changed we built a new relationship. Best thing i could have done on both occasions. Don’t let anyone treat you like shit. Ever!
          P.s.. If you’re griping about this post please look up the definition of satire. That would also be a good decision ✌

  24. Just fold your unruly children in half and in half again, then in thirds and stand them up in the drawer.

  25. My mother did not want to meet my new girlfriend – wrong color… dropped her!

    MY sister refused to help find a lawyer in her town for me …she refused as she judged my case …dropped her!

    Ex-wife thought gambling would make the family fortune – I was left bankrupt… dropped her!!

    Told the daughter to start acting like a daughter – not a driver/wallet for her … dropped her…!

    Threw out all the Pharma crap also….

    I may be alone and lonely – but at leasty I am no longer angry all day….

  26. Honestly, rings true even if it’s satire. Got rid of my wife and kids a couple of months ago. They had terrible negativity and were taking a toll on my mental health. Never been happier!

    • If you helped make the kids you are forever tied to them and can’t just throw them out. That makes you a worthless father. This is coming from a kid who didn’t have a dad.

      • I see a point on both sides. (If any of it is true) If the ex wife was toxic and turned the kids against him I can see how that would ruin someone’s mental health. With my narcissistic mother and the way she had my sister and I thinking, I don’t see why my dad DIDN’T blow his brains out when I was a kid. On the other hand, it really does mess up a kid not to have a father (figure) that shows they give a $#*+ in their lives.

  27. People forget this is a satirical blog….now who’s the dumb ass

  28. Ew. What a dumb ho.

  29. Life is not jus about you and what you want to do. Be considerate whatever you throw. Think before you act. You could have been thrown away right from the start.

  30. This is true. Throw away all things that does not add VALUE to you. Both Things and People 😁😁😁

  31. Throwed my parents away 10years ago…

  32. Leonard Anthony Arcilla | January 22, 2019 at 1:39 am | Reply

    This is really effective. Useless relatives that do not bring you joy should be thrown out. It really worked for me.

  33. Kelvin Merrick | January 21, 2019 at 10:00 am | Reply

    Karma – what goes out comes back.

  34. This may be satire, but it’s great advice.

  35. It may be satire, but there’s a ring of truth underneath the satire! Coming from someone with toxic relatives that I’ve had to cut out of my life to protect my kids. :/

  36. So true asleigh!

  37. This article is Satire. Don’t take it seriously you idiots.

    • Markus. I love you. Things I say all the time

    • Even if it may be satire, it’s still good advice. Live is too short, get rid of the negativity. It doesn’t matter if they’re family, if they treat you like shit and make you feel like shit, then maybe they shouldn’t be in your life.

  38. Ngee..dili oi, try to repair muna… family if forever dili pd proke pasaway mama or papa or kapatid then i salikway na…. no, carry your cross and follow me as Jesus said…. keep praying lang, help the needy basi kulang lng sa attention,,

  39. SOCIOPATH: a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

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