Who is Marie Kondo? Meet the organisational guru who has just been given a Netflix series

Would you watch a reality TV show about tidying?

It may not sound like the most exciting prospect, but the answer for most of us, Netflix believes, is yes, as they’ve just commissioned a series with organisational guru and founder of the KonMari Method, Marie Kondo.

Marie announced the partnership with the online streaming service on her (staggeringly popular) Instagram account, explaining that the programme will follow her ‘bringing the life-changing magic of tidying’ to people’s homes, and ‘guiding individuals who are at a crossroads to spark joy in their homes and lives.’

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Valentine’s Day surprise! I am very excited to announce that I will be bringing the life-changing magic of tidying to a show on Netflix, where I will be guiding individuals who are at a crossroads to spark joy in their homes and lives ✨⠀ ⠀ I am thrilled for this opportunity to inspire mindful organization and share the KonMari Method of tidying. So far in my path, as I grew older and my passion for tidying deepened, my mission developed from tidying my room, to my clients’ homes, to Japan, and now to the world. Helping individuals undergo life-transformations and sharing the process through this partnership with Netflix is an exciting way to share the magic of tidying with more people. I’ll keep you updated on more details to come! ⠀ ⠀ It was a beautiful coincidence that this announcement fell on Valentines Day – I believe that tidying allows you to rediscover what truly matters to you, whether in your homes, lives, or relationships. Have a wonderful day filled with love and joy ❤️ ⠀ #konmari #konmarimethod #mariekondo #sparkjoy #joy #netflix #organizetheworld #tidy #love 📷: Drew Kelly

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‘So far in my path, as I grew older and my passion for tidying deepened, my mission developed from tidying my room, to my clients’ homes, to Japan, and now to the world,’ she explained in the post.

Want to know more before Marie’s series hits our screens? Here’s the lowdown…

Who is Marie Kondo?

Author and acclaimed ‘tidying consultant’ Marie has been obsessed with organisation since she was a child, but rose to fame after the 2014 publication of her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, which has sold more than eight million copies in 40 countries around the globe.

Her name quickly became synonymous with neatness, structure and order – so much so that sorting out a space using her techniques can casually be referred to as’Kondo-ing.’

In 2017, she published a second title, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying, to similar acclaim, and hosts regular seminars to help even more people get to grips with the KonMari way of life.

She is married with two daughters, who are learning the principles of tidiness at a very young age – the eldest, Satuski, is already ‘trying to copy me folding clothes’, she told the Wall Street Journal last year.

What is the KonMari Method?

The KonMari Method is the philosophy behind Marie’s process, and essentially, boils down to the idea that if something in your home doesn’t ‘spark joy’ for you, it’s time to let it go. Importance is placed on being ‘mindful, introspective, and optimistic’; you are encouraged to envisage the lifestyle you hope to achieve by making the changes, and items you no longer need are thanked for their service before you discard them.

If you target is your clothing, you’ll also need to learn the Marie Kondo-approved way of folding – but fear not, there are hundreds of YouTube tutorials to show you the ropes.

When will Marie Kondo’s programme be available on Netflix?

No release date (or indeed, name) for the eight episodes of Marie’s show has yet been released – but if you join her 467k followers on social media, we’re sure she’ll let you know as soon as she does…