What Marie Kondo Says It Really Looks Like To Spark Joy: NPR

Marie Kondo speaks at a media event in New York on July 11, 2018.

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Marie Kondo, the queen of style, says her home just isn’t tidy anymore.

I gave it up in a way that was good for me, said Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Organizing: The Japanese Art of Organizing and Organizingwhich is a self-help book Captivated the masses.

She is also a mother of three.

“Now I realize that the most important thing for me is to enjoy spending time with my kids at home,” the Japanese cleaning consultant said recently. he told the listenersto me Washington Post.

The person behind the Konmari Method—who gets rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy”—no longer practices (wholly) what I preached. Some people shared their reactions on social media.

“The fact that Marie Kondo, the leader of millennials who were taught (by her) to only keep things that spark joy, has given up tidying up her house now that she has 3 kids is what really sends me off,” wrote one person on Twitter.

Parents, in particular, felt seen.

“This was a refreshing and empowering read,” wrote one Twitter user. “I have 3 kids and I try the KonMari method every 3 months but it just isn’t possible.”

But for Kondo, who says her cleaning philosophy is based in part on The original Japanese belief of ShintoismKeeping the house in order is only part of the practice.

“The ultimate goal is to spark joy every day and live a happy life,” according to Kondo, who describes this philosophy as fight that you say It roughly translates to “way of life.”

Plus, decluttering isn’t a trend so much as a necessity for many city dwellers in Japan — and other parts of Asia where apartments are small to begin with.

The average home size in Tokyo is just over 700 square feet, according to a 2019 survey of housing and land by the Japanese government.

But that’s about the same as what you’d get in Manhattan, where the average apartment size is 704 square feet, according to RentCafe housing site.

Kondo, whose organizational skills have landed her two series on Netflix, has faced backlash before — including for It seems to draw cleanliness As something innately Japanese and to say one must Keep 30 books at mostthe latter that she said It was a wrong idea.

In her first book, which was originally published in 2010 and released in the US in 2014, Kondo writes, That the major realignment “causes dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective”.

“The real purpose of tidying up isn’t to detract from your possessions or transform your space,” Kondo says. Rather, it is to learn to make meaningful choices and find gratitude in everyday life.

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