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Socrates Wants You to Tidy Up, Too

WHAT READING AN ANCIENT GREEK DIALOGUE CAN TELL US ABOUT THE MARIE KONDO CRAZE.

These days, it appears that nobody is immune to Marie Kondo fever.

Kondo, an organization expert who first commanded international attention with her best-selling 2014 book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” recently solidified her status as a lifestyle icon thanks to her popular new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

But while the “KonMari” method, which has resonated with millions of readers and viewers who seek to take control of their lives by taking stock of their possessions, is having a contemporary cultural moment, it is not entirely new. Readers of ancient Greek philosophy may already have encountered aspects of it in the work of Xenophon, an

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