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The time is nigh to Marie Kondo the heck out of your pet’s toys!

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Finally, pet owners are getting ruthless. Toys that their dogs and cats no longer play with are being targeted for destruction (or at least turned into a charitable donation), and it all stems from a simplifying technique championed by author Marie Kondo. 

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 14/03/2019, 19:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:51

The KonMari method defines a means by which we can simplify our lives and better organise our homes. Any physical object that does not give us joy is discarded and theoretically we are left with a household in which only things that delight us are given the space. 

House Beautiful says if using this technique is good for the mental health of humans it may have the same effect on our pets too. The zine’s Taylor Mead writes: ‘Getting rid of unnecessary clutter is no longer just a trend inspired by Marie Kondo's Netflix show, but a must—seriously, it can help your mental health. And everyone's doing it, even on behalf of their pets!

KonMari for canines and felines

Now a glut of KonMari enthusiasts have taken to social media to advocate the technique: toys that a dog or cat has not shown interest in for years should be thrown out, and blankets that are no longer a source of comfort removed. 

Organizing consultant Marie Kondo describes the process in her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And it isn’t all about getting rid of old stuff and keep everything that’s new. Of these less than perfect items Kondo says: ‘If you can say without a doubt, “I really like this!” no matter what anyone else says, and if you like yourself for having it, then ignore what other people think.’

If you’re into that kind of life-style reordering, try it for yourself. Hold up a toy your dog hasn’t played with for a few weeks and gauge his reaction.

The chances are he will be over-joyed with everything you show him (because you are holding it), and will be pleased as punch that you have found his special ball!



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