Marie Kondo

The queen of organisation, Marie Kondo, claims that her home is no longer as neat.

The author of the self-help bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo, admitted that she had “sort of given up on that in a good manner” for herself.

She has three children of her own.

The Japanese housekeeping consultant recently told listeners, per The Washington Post, “Now I understand what is essential to me is enjoying spending time with my children at home.”

The creator of the KonMari technique, which advocates clearing up clutter by getting rid of items that don’t “spark joy,” no longer (completely) lives what she preached. On social media, some people posted their reactions.

One user said, “It really sends me that Marie Kondo, leader of millennials who were trained (by her) to only keep things that spark joy, has given up on tidying up her house now that she has three kids.”

Particularly parents felt seen.

One Twitter user commented, “This was very refreshing and validating to read. I have been attempting the KonMari method every three months but it is simply not practical because I have three children.

Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo

Keeping a neat home is simply one aspect of Kondo’s cleaning philosophy, which she bases in part on the Shintoism of native Japanese culture.

The ultimate goal, according to Kondo, who calls her concept kurashi, which she says roughly translates to “style of life,” is to “spark joy every day and lead a joyful existence,”

Additionally, for many city dwellers in Japan and other areas of Asia where apartments are already small, getting rid of clutter is more of a necessity than a fashion.

The Japanese government’s 2019 housing and land survey found that the average dwelling size in Tokyo is little over 700 square feet.

Marie Kondo

However, it is about the same as what you will receive in Manhattan, where an apartment’s average size is 704 square feet, according to the real estate website RentCafe.

Kondo, whose organising prowess garnered her two Netflix programmes, has encountered criticism in the past, including for suggesting that Japanese people are naturally tidy and for suggesting that one should only maintain 30 books, which she later said was a myth.

In her debut book, published in 2010 but only made available in the United States in 2014, Kondo claims that drastically decluttering “causes proportionately significantly dramatic changes in lifestyle and outlook.”

According to Kondo, the primary goal of tidying up is not to reduce your stuff or simplify your area. instead, to learn howmake thoughtful decisions and practise thankfulness in your daily existence.

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