What Is Marie Kondo’s Home Really Like? It’s Not as Perfect as You Might Think

Marie Kondo became a household name after starring in the Netflix show “Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo.” She got the traction to get a show of her own on the streaming platform by first having published the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and these days she is in such demand that she recently launched an online course meant to help people looking to tidy up their own clutter.

As helpful as Kondo’s advice is to millions of people around the globe, she doesn’t want anyone to get the false impression that her own home is a pristine masterpiece that is completely free from clutter at all times. That is simply not the reality of the way she lives her life. Keep reading to learn more about what Marie Kondo’s home is really like.

Kondo’s five-step process was an instant success

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Founder of KonMari Media, Inc. Marie Kondo speaks on stage during the BlueCurrent session at the Cannes Lions 2019 : Day One. | Richard Bord/Getty Images for Cannes Lions

Marie Kondo recommends a five-step process that has worked in her life and in the lives of many of her fans. The steps are as follows and should be adhered to in order for the best results: 

  • Step one: Declutter by category, starting with clothes, then books, then papers, and finally mementos. 
  • Step two: Break the categories down into sub-categories to help make each one more manageable. 
  • Step three: Keep only the items that truly spark joy.
  • Step four: After discarding, organize the space completely.
  • Step five: Do all of these steps in one setting.

These steps may seem simple, and that is because they are designed to be that way. It is most important to Kondo that you strive to make progress in your goal of decluttering. Taking it one baby step at a time is likely the best way to make this happen for the vast majority of people. It is like eating an elephant one bite at a time. 

What is Marie Kondo’s home really like?

So what is Marie Kondo’s home really like? Although she might be significantly ahead of the average person in terms of home organization, she would be the first to tell anyone that she isn’t perfect. For starters, she doesn’t have a set decorating style. “I don’t have a particular decorating style, but one thing that I like to maintain in my house is to have a very purified environment,” she told Elle Decor.

Despite the fact that Kondo tells her fans not to keep stuffed animals, she admits that she does have a stuffed seal in her space as well. “It’s very small. It was a gift from my father, and even though I’m an adult, I still keep it on my shelf,” she told Good Housekeeping. “It’s something I can’t part with!”

Kondo has a love of tea, and she keeps a cabinet full of it in her home even though you could look at this as a form of clutter as well. “I probably have about 15 different kinds of tea in my cupboard at any given time,” she told The Cut. That said, the tea really does spark joy in her life.

Additionally, she keeps many crystals, a few books, and plenty of flowers around her home as well. These items all spark joy in her as well, and she finds it helpful to keep those types of things around.

‘Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo’ drops on Netflix on Aug. 31

Kondo is only picking up steam in terms of her popularity. She continues to put out amazing content for her fans that they must surely get a lot of value from because they keep coming back for more. On Aug. 31, Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo drops on Netflix.

The trailer for this show is already available, and it aims to help people best see how they can spark joy in their own lives by not only tidying their homes, but in every part of their life. It is sure to get people thinking more about their internal and external clutter alike, and hopefully make some positive changes in their lives. 

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