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Why Marie Kondo Has “Kind Of Given Up” on Keeping Her Home Tidy

While she’s still sparking joy, Marie Kondo is not tidying up at home as much these days. Why? One word: Kids.

The life of the Japanese organizing consultant—creator of the KonMari Method of tidying and star of Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo—changed in more ways than one after she and husband Takumi Kawahara welcomed their third child, a son, in 2021.

“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,” she said through an interpreter at a recent media webinar and virtual tea ceremony, The Washington Post reported Jan. 26, “Now I realize what is important to me is enjoying spending time with my children at home.”

Marie, also a mom to daughters Satsuki, 7, and Miko, 6, also said, “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.”

Source link For those familiar with decluttering expert Marie Kondo’s KonMari method, it may come as a surprise that the organizing pro has given up on keeping her home tidy.

Kondo recently revealed that it is almost impossible for her to maintain a perfect level of organization in her home due to her busy work and family life. “At this point, I kind of give up,” she said during an interview with Refinery29.

The KonMari method, which was popularized in Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has become a global phenomenon with people from around the world utilizing her decluttering techniques in order to become more organized. Kondo urges people to surround themselves with items that bring them joy and to thank each item before disposing of it.

However, Kondo faced criticism when she admitted that she is no longer able to follow her own advice. It’s understandable that it is hard for Kondo to keep up with organization and tidiness when she’s so busy, both with her work life as a consultant and author and her personal life as a wife and mother of two.

Kondo has explained that it’s simply impossible for her to keep up with organization 24/7. She is, after all, human and she doesn’t have superhuman powers. She says she has simply accepted the fact that her home is likely to remain far from perfect.

Although Kondo may have given up, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us should too. Kondo’s tips and tricks have proven to be effective for many, and that still remains the case. It’s still possible to maintain a tidy environment and bring joy despite a busy lifestyle.

The lesson to take from Kondo’s interviews is that no one should expect perfection and that the process of decluttering should be an enjoyable one. Even if you can’t always achieve a perfectly organized home and maintain it, you should still strive to fill your life with items that bring you joy.

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