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Home & GardenMarie Kondo Sets the Record Straight on Clutter, Creativity, and What's Next

20:20  08 august  2019
20:20  08 august  2019 Source:   bhg.com

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"To be honest, my situation has changed since I was single," says Marie, speaking through an interpreter at the Palihouse Hotel in West Hollywood. "I've let go of needing to maintain a perfect home all the time."

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This news may come as a surprise—and perhaps a relief—to the millions of people who have read her debut book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or binge-watched her Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. But managing a growing business and a growing family has shown Marie that perfection isn't always attainable. "Being pressed for time is common for all of us," she says. "You just have to accept the fact that you don't have a lot of time and that it's OK."

Obsessed with tidying since she was a child, Marie started as a consultant in Japan, helping clients organize their homes. Since the beginning, her process hasn't been about (or only about) stuffing and hauling garbage bags to thrift stores. It also has always had a spiritual component, perhaps informed by her time years ago working at a Shinto shrine. Marie kneels in her client's home to greet it then has them hold each possession in their hands, keeping the item if it "sparks joy,"  in her words, or thanking it and saying goodbye if it no longer serves them. The point is to make both physical and mental spaces for the life you want. "Society at large is very exhausted by how many possessions we have," she says.

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Marie Kondo and her series cleaned up with Emmy nods for Outstanding Host and Outstanding Structured Reality Program. A harried couple with two young children find peace as they learn how to pare down playroom clutter , keep the kitchen organized and sort clothes.

J oy points upward, according to Marie Kondo , whose name is clutter -free life to others. The humble hashtag that attended this event was #organizetheworld. The ones that don’t get a heartfelt and generous goodbye, via actual verbal communication, and are then sent on their way to their next life.

Marie's home-improvement-meets-self-improvement approach made her a best-selling author in Japan in 2011 then in the United States, where the book was released in 2014. The author and her husband (also her business partner) moved their family to California nearly three years ago to build her company, KonMari Media Inc. Her Netflix show debuted earlier this year. (She's in talks for a second season.) In each episode, she gently but firmly helps a different family or individual through their tidying journey. There are emotional stories: a widow finally facing her late husband's closet, a family grappling with a move that forced them to downsize. There are triumphantly organized closets and utensil drawers. There are tears.

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The show helped make Marie both a verb (as in, "I've just Kondo'd my garage") and a celebrity—something the self-described homebody doesn't seem entirely comfortable with. "When I open my bag in public and it's even a little messy, I get embarrassed," she says, laughing. She's also faced some public blowback, most notably over a rumor that she believes no one should own more than 30 books. Marie denies that she ever imposes limits on how many books—or any type of item—a person owns. "That's a complete misconception," she says, smile intact. "What's important is not necessarily quantity, but understanding what quantity works for you."

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Thoughts from Marie Kondo and other home and style experts on what KonMari has wrought. “The KonMari method is not just a tidying method, but also a way to re-examine your life,” Kondo tells me of the ever-increasing number of people surveying their property and “building a lifestyle surrounded by

Kondo ’ s approach of keeping only what you need and organizing it in the most space-saving way seems perfectly tailored to tiny Japanese apartments. More surprising, even to Kondo , is her popularity in places such as America, where people typically have more space to spread out their belongings.

The truth is, through maturity and experience, she has softened her prescribed method. Although she still recommends that people tidy their home in one intense marathon session if they can—tackling clothes, then books and documents, miscellaneous items, and finally sentimental things—she recognized that for especially busy people, it's more realistic to purge items here and there. "Maybe do socks one day and shirts the next. Do a smaller amount when you have time," she says.

Marie's ambitions extend beyond an immaculate sock drawer. She is writing books with targeted strategies for different audiences, including a picture book for young children and one about work spaces. And she is licensing tidying consultants to take her method directly into homes around the world. Don't be surprised if a line of storage containers with a KonMari label appears in the future. "We are figuring out what we're going to do as a lifestyle brand, so we are very much in the discussion phase."

But even as her company grows, its greatest asset may be its message: the concept of choosing joy and recognizing that the source of it can be hiding in unlikely places. "I think that resonated with a lot of people," she says. "Tidying itself is not the be-all and end-all goal. It's much more introspective. It's about checking in with yourself and choosing joy in your daily life. I just show how you get there through tidying."

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Marie Kondo wouldn't like that. Kondo is a professional organizer and author of international bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, along with the just-released Spark Joy: An It is without shame that I enjoy my lovingly curated clutter .

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Marie believes in clearing the mind along with the home; her personal prescription is yoga and meditation.

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A tray of crystals, like this amethyst, sits on her bedside table. She likes to start each day by opening the windows and lighting incense. She packs her kids' lunches in bento boxes divided by cupcake liners and wrapped in a type of Japanese cloth called furoshiki.

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Having flowers throughout her house not only adds color but also "serves as a reminder to live in the moment," Marie says. Arranging flowers is one of her favorite ways to get creative.

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Marie recycles small boxes as drawer organizers and lines them with decorative papers. Folding clothes into packets and storing them upright in a drawer is a key part of her tidying method.

"It's important when it comes to creative hobbies that all the tools you use are stored in a way that sparks joy. It should be neatly categorized, and anything that could be stood upright should be done so. I always recommend storing things vertically so you can immediately see where everything is. That way you can get started right away. If you have to search for the things you need, you are wasting time"

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Marie Kondo suggests that we should step away from the method of tackling one room at a time. Instead, by focusing on decluttering through the different types of belongings. She recommends starting with clothes as they tend to be the least sentimental items we own so it’ s an easier starting point!

Marie Kondo ' s Advice Praised by Scientists: " Clutter Is Not a Good Thing". It’ s fitting that Netflix released Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on the first day of a new year. Though she’ s not scientifically trained, her system resembles what psychology researchers recommend to boost well-being.

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Marie's signature move, one finger in the air and leg kicked back, is meant to embody the feeling of joy every possession should spark. "A tidy home is filled only with items you cherish, and I believe people thrive creatively in these circumstances. For me, tidying is also part of my creative process. Keeping my hands busy helps my mind find stillness."

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