How Much Money Does It Cost to Become a Certified KonMari Consultant?

Marie Kondo poses before taking part in Netflix's "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo" screening and conversation at 92nd Street Y on January 08, 2019 in New York City.

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If you’ve read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and you’ve watched the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, you might have wondered how you can become a KonMari consultant. Well, wonder no more. Here’s how much it costs to become a certified KonMari consultant.

What is the KonMari Method?

The main theme of the KonMari method is only keeping items that spark joy. As a result, you will be surrounded by objects that bring you happiness. Furthermore, this method instructs you to organize your home based on categories as opposed to location. The KonMari method has become so popular that Netflix collaborated Kondo to stream a new series titled Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

You can do the KonMari method even if you have children

If you have trouble keeping a neat house with kids running around, you’re not alone. In a Quora discussion, one person expressed frustration about trying to keep the home tidy with young children present. Kondo offered this advice:

The most important thing is for parents to learn to tidy their own things first. If parents can keep their own belongings tidy, their kids will notice and learn by example; they’ll realize how tidying is comforting and enjoyable. Parents should avoid asking their kids to get rid of belongings. Instead, they can ask their kids “Does this spark joy in you?” or “Can you select the toys you like best?” These questions create opportunities for the kids to be conscious of their feelings for their belongings.

You don’t have to throw away your books

Marie Kondo poses before taking part in Netflix's "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo" screening and conversation at 92nd Street Y on January 08, 2019 in New York City.

Marie Kondo | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

On her Netflix show and in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo explains her way of using the KonMari method to organize books. Her practice is to throw out books you don’t read. In her opinion, if you’re just holding on to some books because you believe you’ll eventually get to them, you’re better off throwing them out. Furthermore, she advises tearing out pages of certain books if only certain parts of those books spark joy.

If you’re hesitant to try the KonMari method because you don’t agree with Kondo’s stance on tidying a book collection, have no fear. Kondo recommends keeping no more than 30 books in your collection. However, if keeping just 30 books doesn’t “spark joy,” as Kondo likes to say, you don’t have to stick to this number. At the end of the day, it’s your choice. So, you can keep the number of books you choose. Also, instead of throwing books away, you could donate them or give them away as gifts.

How much it costs to hire a KonMari consultant

Marie Kondo

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If you’re interested in trying the KonMari method but you need a little help, you can hire a consultant. KonMari consultants set their own rates, so prices will vary depending on your location and how much organization your home needs. One platinum-level KonMari consultant charges $100 per hour for a minimum of five hours plus $50 for travel time outside New York City.  

How much it costs to become a certified KonMari consultant

If you want to become a certified KonMari consultant, it will set you back roughly $2,200 (in addition to a $500 annual membership fee). There are six possible levels of certification. You can become a certified master, certified platinum, certified silver, certified bronze, certified gold, or certified green consultant. Those on the master level have the most experience, with 500 tidying sessions and 50 clients.

Participants go through a seven-step certification process. Afterward, you are free to start your own business and help fulfill Marie Kondo’s goal to help “organize the world.”

Read more: Why Does Marie Kondo Always Wear White?

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