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"Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" takes the Japanese organizational guru's methods to Netflix. <br>Netflix

Marie Kondo’s reality show forgoes big reveals, focuses on utility

The war on clutter continues. In previous reality-TV skirmishes with America’s junk-filled closets and overstuffed garages, shows about clear-cut cleaning tried to sass and snark people into a state of tidiness. Now it’s Marie Kondo to the rescue in Netflix’s happily engaging new reality series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” streaming on Netflix.



Is boozy kombucha good for you?

Kombucha — as purveyors of the health elixir claim — has a multitude of health benefits: It can aid your digestion, colonize your gut with healthy bacteria and boost your immunity. And lately, it can get you drunk.


Practitioners say mindfulness can help relieve stress

The holidays can be stressful, filled with worries about the future and regrets about the past. But practicing mindfulness — defined simply as being present in the moment rather than thinking of the past or future — can help take your stress level down a notch.

Disney World fanatics try to tackle all 46 rides in a single, hectic day

Shane Lindsay and Kristina Hawkins know their quest might be impossible or just crazy: Go on every ride at Walt Disney World’s four theme parks in just one day. “There are lots of people who are Disney fans,” said friend Ted Tamburo, who along with Lindsay runs a website chronicling what’s known as the Parkeology Challenge. “There’s not many who can say they’ve done this.”


Viral sensation 'Baby Shark' a bloodthirsty earworm, moneymaker and helpful tool for parents of kids with special needs

In the wise words of James Corden, there comes along a song every so often that defines a generation. Doo doo doo doo doo doo.


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'Katamari Damacy Reroll' will charm its players with strangeness

Ever since the study of consumer culture began, attention has been paid to the anxiety people feel toward their possessions. The downside to living in a society that values accumulation is that many of us feel uneasy about the amount of stuff that surrounds us. (Clutter, some psychologists tell us, can create a stressful environment.) Of the innumerable artistic responses to this phenomenon, Keita Takahashi’s classic game “Katamari Damacy’ is one of the more sanguine.




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Honk if you’ll miss your old minivan

“She served us well for 13 years,” I thought wistfully, as my husband and I drove our 2005 Sienna minivan to the local CarMax to trade her in last week. Although her trusty engine still spun like a top, our family vehicle had too many problems to ignore. Passing another state vehicle inspection would have required a couple thousand dollars or a crooked mechanic, so we had decided to upgrade. But I’d been with her so long, I had mixed emotions.