If you haven't heard of Marie Kondo yet, it's possible you've been living under a rock, or a huge pile of unworn old t-shirts and weird broken trinkets, for the last few years. Worry not: She can help with that.
Marie's newest venture, a show called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, premiered on Netflix over the holidays, renewing interest in the home-organization expert. The series follows her as she makes over real homes and shares professional tips on how to finally declutter and tidy your home—once and for all.
In case you're new to the world of organization, here's everything you need to know about the show's star:
Meet The Tidying Expert
is an organization expert and founder of KonMari Media, Inc., who became a household name around the world from her worldwide best-selling , The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. She has since written other books, including a journal and a manga version of her story.
Perhaps the most impressive part of her success story? She found this passion for organization and acted on it when she was just 19 years old. As a student in Tokyo, Marie decided to open a consulting firm to help people tidy up; over a decade later, she's sold millions of books and grown her business to include over 200 consultants who can be hired to help you KonMari your home.
What Is The KonMari Method?
The KonMari Method is Marie's genius approach to helping your hoarding habits. She "encourages tidying by category—not location—beginning with clothes, then moving onto books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items." When choosing which objects to keep and which to toss, she suggests asking yourself a simple, yet impactful question: Does it spark joy? If things don't bring you joy, says, "Thank them for their service—then let them go."
To break it down more specifically, shares the six basic rules of the tidying method:
- Imagine the ideal life you wish to live.
- Discard first.
- Tidy by category.
- Follow the order above.
- Ask yourself "Does it spark joy?"
Her Business Can Spark Joy In Your Life, Too
Honestly, organizing isn't for everyone, so for those of us who don't find happiness in decluttering, there are . Praise be. Each consultant has a different level of certification—from Certified Green with ten tidying sessions with two clients to Certified Master with 500 tidying sessions with 50 clients. Because of this, price points range depending on experience, but her consultants are global, so options are endless no matter where you live.
Sadly, because Marie is so busy herself, you won't be able to hire her at this time, but her gurus have all KonMari'd their own homes and then applied to attend a 3-day training conference. So, all in all, you're in good hands.
Her Books Are A Great Place To Start
Of course, you don't have to hire a consultant to perfectly KonMari your home. That's why Kondo's books have done so well—some people want to take on the clutter themselves. If you're one of those people, her books will give you all the inspiration you need to get motivated:
Now You're Ready To Watch Her Show
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