Does Marie Kondo Have a Secret Messy Drawer or Closet In Her Home?

At the beginning of 2019 a new show debuted on Netflix, and all of a sudden it seemed as though everyone was decluttering their home. When Marie Kondo brought Tidying Up With Marie Kondo to the airwaves, overnight a peaceful home became the next cool thing. Kondo has become a very popular figure, and she recently released a new book about tidying up at work

Of course, even if it’s clear that life is better when your house is in order, that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone does a perfect job at keeping it that way. But what about Kondo? Is her home always spotless, or does she have a messy drawer or closet that she wouldn’t want the rest of the world to see? 

Marie Kondo teaches tidiness

Marie Kondo at a red carpet event
Marie Kondo | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Kondo is from Japan, where she was an organizing consultant and author. America first discovered her when her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up came to the States in 2014. This book made tidying up not only seem magical, but also interesting. People tried her method and talked about it, but the idea really took off when Kondo’s Netflix show debuted in 2019. Suddenly, decluttering wasn’t just a good idea — it was a phenomenon. 

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo wasn’t only a how-to show about organizing your life, it was also an inspirational journey into people’s homes to see their transformation from messy to clean. Kondo walked people through the steps to take control of their things, and at the end of each episode they not only had beautiful spaces, but they often shed tears over how much better they felt. 

How the ‘Tidying Up’ magic works

This is more than just an organizational plan. Kondo teaches a system for choosing what things you want to have your home and then finding a place for each item that you decide to keep.

This system, described in her book and demonstrated on her show starts with thanking your home. Then you sort through your belongings, starting with your clothes. Take each item, look at it and see if it sparks joy. If not, thank it and let it go. By the time you’ve sorted through everything you own, you are left with only those possessions that you truly love.

Next, it’s time to organize. Kondo walks people through tips to put their things away, from clothes folding techniques to easy-to-use storage methods. You can see in her show how happy it makes her to bring order into people’s worlds. Her face lights up with joy at sharing the wonderful feeling of a tidy home. 

Does Kondo have a secret messy space in her home?

Anyone who has worked hard to declutter and organize their home knows how good it feels. But then again, most people also know how easy it is to let clutter creep back in. Kondo seems so devoted to a tidy home, but does her careful attention ever wander?

It turns out that Kondo has an excellent reason to let things get a little messy these days. She’s the mother of two active little girls, and as any parent will tell you, children can undo the best organization. As Kondo said in an interview with Better Homes and Gardens, “To be honest, my situation has changed since I was single. I’ve let go of needing to maintain a perfect home all the time.”

Knowing that not even her home is perfect must be a huge relief for parents everywhere. If even Kondo has to let a few things slide and just enjoy her family, then the rest of us can feel better about our own homes. Once again, Kondo is encouraging people to be at peace in their lives.