In 2014, Japanese tidying expert, Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, topped the New York Times Best Seller list and as a result, the ‘KonMari’ tidying up method, that instructed people to ‘spark joy’ within their homes, went viral. As her fan base grew, she released more organizing books and starred in a hit Netflix show: Tidying up with Marie Kondo. Marie Kondo, began as a tidying consultant at 19 years old and now she is a world-renowned expert. As a highly sought-after consultant situated in Japan thousands across the world have been able to benefit from her expertise via her books and Netflix show. Now she has released a virtual course that will allow interested parties to access her famous expertise and methods virtually.
The course will be the first time ever that Mari Kondo personally guides viewers through her method. The series includes 10 episodes, the opportunity to shop products from the course and a KonMari workbook. The ten-episode titles and thus, focal points, are as follows: Meet your Teacher: Marie Kondo, KonMari 101, imagine your ideal lifestyle, make a tidying plan, clothes, books, papers, Komono (miscellaneous items), sentimental items and finally the last episode looks at ‘living with joy’. The trailer, introducing the course, states that she will guide you through everything you need to know ‘from folding techniques, to storage solutions, to discovering what sparks joy for you.’ The course costs $39.99 and is available on the KonMari website. Her website also features free tips, articles, and information on how to tidy up – from how to organize your space to work joyfully from home, to tips for tidying with kids and low waste solutions.
Whilst the best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up both explained and guided the reader through Marie Kondo’s tidying up methods, and the hit Netflix show, Tidying up with Marie Kondo showcased Marie Kondo guiding her clients through these methods in a reality TV show setting, this new course should hopefully be a more direct and personable teaching experience. With in-depth tidying breakdowns, a range of easy and difficult tidying tasks, Marie will provide step-by-step instructions, pro tips, visual inspiration and even product recommendations. Speaking to Good Housekeeping, Marie Kondo stated: “People are spending more time than ever at home, so this course is an opportunity to help them tidy up and rediscover their joy, rather than a dreaded task, I see tidying as a celebration. It’s an act of gratitude for the items that support you every day – and the first step to living the life you’ve always wanted. It is my hope that the magic of tidying will help people to create a bright and joyful future – especially during these uncertain times.”
The KonMari method sets itself apart from other cleaning styles, as it focuses on organizing by item type rather than room. Marie Kondo’s approach has truly been life-changing for many. It takes tidying up to a new level focusing both on organization and mindfulness. She encourages you to look at (and only keep) the objects that bring you the most joy, in order to prune your home into a truly heart-warming and peaceful space.
Re-organization can be quite liberating for some people – a catharsis that the KonMari method utilizes. Many countries have already gone through nationwide lockdowns, and many more have already used the time to organize or perhaps redecorate their homes whilst they are confined inside them. As some local areas may be facing another lockdown or stricter social distancing measures, those that did not take the opportunity to re-organize before, may feel inclined to undertake the task now, others may want to take their previous escapades further. Looking into the KonMari method, and perhaps utilizing her virtual classes may be just the thing for you.
The KonMari method is outlined, on Marie Kondo’s website as thus:
“Most tidying methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go. People around the world have been drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking.”