Marie Kondo Inspires The World to Bring Joy into Life
World-renowned tidying expert and best-selling author Marie Kondo is dedicated to inspiring the world to choose joy through her organizational technique, “The KonMari Method.” In the Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” she provides viewers with in-depth tips and demonstrations on how to get their lives in order.
Kondo first gained popularity back in 2011 through her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The book has been translated and published in more than 30 countries, according to KonMari.com.
Kondo’s motto is to tidy what to keep in your life, rather than focus on what to throw away.
“You clean by item, not location,” Kondo said.
The method is a means to realize your ideal life by following the sequential order of organizing, which begins with clothing, according to the Netflix series.
“Take all of your clothes out of the closet and pile them in one space,” Kondo advises. “By doing so, you start realizing what you need to do.”
The biggest difference between “The KonMari Method” and other methods is the emphasis to be thankful for what you choose to let go.
“Do you know what it feels like when you spark joy?” Kondo asks. “It’s a warm and positive feeling.”
By taking the time to physically hold each article of clothing, you start realize how some pieces hold an emotional attachment that often translates to joy.
Forty-six-year-old mother of two Iwanami Megumi lives in a house with her husband, kids, and in-laws. Iwanami found it incredibly difficult to find the time to organize her closet while juggling to care for her family.
“I just keep wearing same clothes over and over just because these are on top of the pile,” Iwanami said. Iwanami described herself as an organized person until she became a mother of two, emphasizing, “I don’t want to take time choosing what to wear anymore.”
At the end of every year, people of Japan hold a yearly tradition to clean their homes. The tradition is a way to show thanks for the last year and become ready for new wind of next year. Iwanami took it upon herself this year to welcome a new year.
“I found so many clothes that I didn’t even remember I had them. Some of them sparked joy and made me think to wear them again while some didn’t,” she shared.
By gathering all of her clothes in one place and taking time to communicate with what she owned once again, Iwanami realized through her experiences with “The KonMari Method” that there were pieces she wasn’t ready to let go of just yet and she felt inspired by what felt like a whole new wardrobe. It’s always hard for us to let things go, especially if they have sentimental attachments. However, doing so will slowly but surely bring more harmony and peace into our lives.