January 24 Meditation (Richard Pieterse)

January 24 Meditation (Richard Pieterse)

January 24 Meditation (Richard Pieterse)

I am the Marie Kondo of my social groups.

Last week I offered to help a very stressed friend who has lived in the same house since she was a student to pack up her things ready for a move. And honestly, I did it for me. I am addicted to decluttering. I am the kind of person who when I have friends over for the first time they say things like, ‘Ah yes, so-and-so told me you were tidy.’

So today’s Meditation, a soothing tidying simulator by Richard Pieterse, is perfect for me. And – given the popularity of Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show – extremely timely!

You know the bit in the intro where Marie opens a messy drawer of clothes and someone says, “She seems so excited!”, and she replies, beaming earnestly, “I am excited, because I love mess”? That’s me. I totally understand what would motivate a person to invite herself into other people’s homes to help them identify which of their belongings sparks joy, and teach them how to fold clothes into threes.

Unfortunately, I rarely have the opportunity to do that. But I can play a game about it (and look, many games are about cleaning really: clearing lines in Tetris, clearing the map of enemies, clearing a list of quests…). Today’s Meditation is lovely to look at and satisfying to click on, and very different from Richard’s other work (which, although much less gentle, has its own merits), and if it were developed into a game of many messy rooms I honestly think I would happily play it. Of course, it is only available for today.

Thankfully, as happens so often, my best friend in all the world (and, sadly, halfway across the world) has a solution to my problem. In case you didn’t know already, Kat Brewster writes a column for Rock Paper Shotgun called Priceless Play, about free games, and the first edition of 2019 was all about games about cleaning. That’s my weekend sorted.