Marie Kondo is just as tired as the rest of us
You know Marie Kondo. The best-selling author and Netflix star became an instant sensation upon the release of her book, The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up, which detailed the “KonMari” method of organizing every nook and cranny in your home. She’s the cleaning queen. Let her into your house and she’ll have you tossing your sofa if it doesn’t spark joy.
But now that Kondo is a mom, it seems things have changed. In a new interview with the Washington Post, Kondo admitted that she has “kind of given up” on tidying up her own house ever since the birth of her third child in 2021. For moms everywhere, this sparks joy.
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Kondo did the interview to promote her new book, Kurashi at Home. In it, she teaches the concept of “kurashi,” which translates roughly to “way of life.” Instead of hyper-fixating on organizing every item you own, which has never been realistic for some people, this time, Kondo is encouraging readers to create a sense of peace and joy through small rituals. Things like taking time for tea or looking at beloved family photographs, Kondo says, can be part of your kurashi.
“My home is messy, but the way I am spending my time is the right way for me at this time at this stage of my life,” she said. “Now I realize what is important to me is enjoying spending time with my children at home.”
Honestly, we love this glow up (and so do the 50 balled-up t-shirts in the bottoms of our drawers that are no longer in danger of getting “does this spark joy’d” straight into the trash).
“Tidying up means dealing with all the ‘things’ in your life,” Kondo writes in her new book. “So, what do you really want to put in order?”
And that is a sentiment that moms everywhere can finally get behind.