If at this point you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo, we’re not really sure what you’re doing. She is an organizing consultant guru, the best selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which was released in 2011, and the main fixture of the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which was released in 2019, as well as its follow-up series Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo in 2021.
She has helped spark joy for countless people who wanted to declutter their homes and gain control over their mess one again. She touted the virtues of living without a constant mess and proved that it is better for your mental health and productivity.
But now, Kondo has a revelation about her own life that she’s shared with the Washington Post. The queen of organization herself has admitted that while she is still sparking joy, her house is not necessarily as tidy as she’d like it to be. The reason why is the most relatable: she has three kids.
In a media webinar and virtual tea ceremony, she explained: “My home is messy, but the way I am spending my time is the right way for me at this time at this stage of my life.” It makes sense, since having three kids is really no walk in the park.
She has released a new book called Marie Kondo’s Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life, which explains kurashi, which is the Japanese concept of “way of life.” In the new book, Kondo outlines straightforward ways to incorporate calm and happiness into everyday routines.
This can mean playing calming music while having breakfast all the way to cleaning out a purse at the end of the night, to making a favorite recipe.
She also admitted that she knows having a perfectly organized space all of the time is simply not realistic. She said: “Up until now, I was a professional tidier, so I did my best to keep my home tidy at all times. I have kind of given up on that in a good way for me. Now I realize what is important to me is enjoying spending time with my children at home.”
So what sparks joy for Kondo herself? She shared that she loves buying 100% organic cotton or silk pajamas, as well as drinking tea, which helps bring her to a sense of calm at the end of the day. She also enjoys looking at her sewing box from her childhood, as it brings back many sweet memories.
Kondo also shared that scrapbooking is another activity that helps bring her peace and sparks joy. She pastes photos and cutouts from books or magazines in the scrapbook, which is of course color coded.