Seems like everyone nowadays is into the KonMari method of cleaning — you know, the strategy where you "spark joy" by tossing out everything that doesn't delight you when you look at it. But you know what's even better? When your pets get into the act. The #KonMariPets Instagram page is filled with photos of dogs, cats, and even a guinea pig or two, all in the process of neatening up their spaces by saying goodbye to some of their playthings.
Decluttering guru Marie Kondo has made minimalism trendy through her Netflix series and her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Thanks to her, millions are following her technique of going through their possessions according to category (clothes, books, papers, etc.) and keeping only the items that inspire instant happiness.
That's fine for the humans, but what about our animal companions? Dogs aren't what you normally call neat freaks, and pretty much anything makes them happy — toys, mud puddles, smelling other dogs' rear ends. Cats are better at keeping themselves clean, but if you've ever seen the arm of a couch that a kitty has decided to claim as a scratching post, you know that they're not too bothered about making messes of their own. Yet to a true KonMari follower, nothing is off-limits, including catnip mice and chew toys. So whether they like it or not, pets are getting the KonMari treatment, too.
What might our pets think about our attempts to remove their non-joy-sparking belongings? I took a look at some of the best Instagram posts and took my best guess at the thoughts that seemed to be going through their furry heads. See if you agree.