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Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and author. She has written three books on organizing, which have sold more than two million copies altogether and have been translated from Japanese into Korean, Chinese, German, and English. In particular, her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” was a best seller in Japan and in Europe, and was published in the United States in 2014. She has also had a TV movie made about her, and has done many lectures and TV appearances. Kondo has a website (in Japanese) and has put out a series of videos teaching “the best way to fold for perfect appearance”.

Her method of organizing is known as the KonMari method, and consists of gathering together everything you own and then keeping only those things which "spark joy", and choosing a place for everything from then on.

Kondo has said that she was interested in organizing since childhood. She says she experienced a breakthrough in organizing one day, "I was obsessed with what I could throw away. One day, I had a kind of nervous breakdown and fainted. I was unconscious for two hours. When I came to, I heard a mysterious voice, like some god of tidying telling me to look at my things more closely. And I realized my mistake: I was only looking for things to throw out. What I should be doing is finding the things I want to keep. Identifying the things that make you happy: that is the work of tidying."

She also spent five years as an attendant maiden at a Shinto shrine.
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