Marie Kondo was born in Japan. She is the author of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (2016), a self-help book. As the founder of the KonMari Method, she is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (also a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK) and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015.
Marie Kondo is an expert and a consultant in organizing. She runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. With a three-month waiting list, her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has become an international phenomenon. Her books were translated into more than 40 languages, including Corean, Chinese, Spanish, German and English. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up alone has sold over seven million copies worldwide.
As a five-year-old girl, she began reading women’s magazines. She was already fascinated not just by tidying up but also by the beauty emanating from well-organized spaces. Since the age of fifteen, more particularly after spending five years as a housemaid in a Shinto sanctuary, she has been analysing how she could tidy up and organize living-rooms.
Marie Kondo has made of decluttering, tidying up and organizing a full art. Her KonMari method consists in gathering all your belongings by category and keeping only the things that spark joy and happiness, and from then on, choosing a place for each thing.
She has been featured on more than thirty major Japanese television and radio programs. She profiled in the Sunday Times, Red magazine, You magazine, the New York Times, USA Today, NPR’s Here & Now, Slate, Family Circle, and the London Times, who has deemed her “Japan’s preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter.” Her courses, “Lessons on Organization and Storage for Women” and “Lessons on Organization and Storage for Company Presidents”, have many dedicated fans.
She published Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up in 2016.
Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.