My Kondo-lences and sincere Kon-gratulations!
My Kondo-lences to those who are as Kondo-ed out as I am — no offense to the media darling herself — and sincere Kon-gratulations to Marie and everyone who has found inspiration in her new Netflix series — Tidying Up with Marie Kondo – which premiered on January 1st.
My news feed has been saturated with articles praising, trashing, and poking fun at her series and her methods. So, why am I adding to the noise and Kon-fusion? Because I get asked daily what I think about it. I decided to e-Kondo-mize – wait, no, I’m leveraging — my words and energy by gathering together my previous related blog posts here for anyone who is interested.
What I think about Marie Kondo
My opinion on the Kondo phenomenon, which hasn’t changed, can be summed up in this quote from my first blog post about her:
I believe Marie Kondo to be 90% just like any other organizer (with fantastic PR and timing), 5% lost in translation, and 5% unique.
My problem is not with Marie Kondo. It’s with the media hype surrounding her.
Here is a whole bunch more of what I think:
The real story is not how amazing or terrible Kondo and her methods are. The real story is that of the organizers who preceded her, and the thousands of other organizers who are helping people to de-clutter and de-stress their lives every day. Like Julie Morgenstern, Peter Walsh, Judith Kolberg, Dorothy Breininger, Geralin Thomas, Barbara Hemphill, and the Founders of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals), and so many others I’m sure to regret not mentioning! (P.S. If I know you, and you have a Wikipedia page, I’d be delighted to add you to this list! I love you all, but I had to cut it off somewhere.)
That is not to say that all the rest of us organizers are alike, though. We all run our businesses the way we see fit. We all bring our life experience, skills, and various levels of organizing experience and training to the job. We all have unique personalities and use different methods for our equally unique clients and their various situations. Some of us are more talented and successful (in all aspects of the word) than others. And, if we’re NAPO members (or members of ICD — Institute for Challenging Disorganization — or APPO — Association of Professional Photo Organizers — or POC — Professional Organizers of Canada, or one of several other worldwide affiliate organizations) we follow a Code of Ethics and strive to transfer organizing skills to our clients so they can maintain the organizing systems we help them create.
Here are some articles that I recommend (I’m proud to know many of the organizers quoted in these articles):
What Professional Organizers Really Do, and How They Can Help You (New York Times 2019)
What Professional Organizers Really Do, and How They Can Help (Lifehacker 2014 — I swear this is a completely different article!)
What I say about Marie Kondo
What do I say when someone praises Marie Kondo to my face?
“I’m glad you were motivated to declutter! What can I help you with?”
What do I say when someone trashes Marie Kondo to my face?
“Her methods aren’t for everyone. What can I help you with?”
What do I say when asked to help someone organize the KonMari way?
“When would you like to start?”
(We work from a KonMari checklist, adjusting each step to fit the client’s goals and situation, and incorporating strategies designed to improve their chances of long-term success beyond what they’ve read in books or seen on TV.)
The Bottom Line
What do YOU think?
Have you read the books? Watched the series?
Have you tried organizing the KonMari way?
Who are your favorite, most inspirational organizers?
Join the conversation by leaving a comment below!
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