In life, nothing is free and order, either. But when Marie Kondo knocks on your door You may think that the only ones affected by their cleansing wrath will be the shirts that no longer make you happy or the books that do not deserve to enter the canon. Many years ago, in the ninth, when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York, he popularized the theory of broken windows. According to his approach, small crimes or signs of urban deterioration, such as broken windows in a neighborhood, create an environment that encourages uncivil behavior and even commits serious crimes. His answer consisted in zero tolerance with disorder, pursuing with zeal even minimal transgressions such as skipping the meter lathes.
My mother, with her ancestral wisdom, repeats that an orderly room and a made bed lead to a harmonious life. And it is possible that he is right. Some studies have observed that those who live in orderly environments eat healthier and are even more generous with their peers. These studies suggest that different environments push us to face the world in different ways. An orderly home makes us conventional people, well adapted to our environment and, perhaps, more balanced. But nothing is free.
According to those same studies, a disordered room can be the ferment for a much more creative mind, that breaks with the conventions. It is famous the photograph of Einstein's office in Princeton taken shortly after his death in which there is a table full of papers and books and shelves where documents are piled up without apparent criteria. The German physicist always said that he was able to revolutionize the way we see the world because he never had the facility to assimilate conventional ways of perceiving it.
The infrequent visions make life worthwhile, but they also cause displeasure and politicians, particularly conservatives like Giuliani, know that it is better not to push differences too much. The order, in politics and in our house, offers security and no one can argue, especially anyone who has not been a victim of a lack like that, it is better a city where going out on the street is not gambling life and drinking water from tap does not give anger. At home it also seems better not to have a refrigerator with more biodiversity than in the tropics.
Marie Kondo It represents an ideal difficult to refute, but at least some of us feel that their search for harmony numbs. Tolstoy said at the beginning of Ana Karenina that "all happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is in their own way". Nobody wants to be unhappy, but humans are not too excited to think that we are like everyone else. Maybe that's why, among all the religions, another creation to give order to the cosmos, one of the most successful is the one that emphasizes that for God we are all unique. Marie Kondo helps us in that search for order and makes us say goodbye to our rags as if they were special, but in that search for home happiness we may stop being so.