The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo
Contributed by Sharen Felty
Plot Summary

About the Author

Marie Kondo is an accomplished writer who also runs a successful consulting business in Tokyo, Japan. As a distinguished consultant with great reputation, Kondo helps people to transform their cluttered homes into private spaces full of serenity and inspiration. Her business is so successful that she has a three-month waiting list of clients waiting to enlist her most sought-after service: of decluttering and organizing.

Further, Kondo?s KonMari method has become an international phenomenon with several people across the world adopting it as a way to organize not only their homes, but also their lives. To attest to this international standard, the book ?The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing? has been listed as a best-seller in various countries such as Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom, where it has sold millions of copies. Also, in Japan, the book has been scripted into a television drama where millions of Japanese have watched it. More importantly, Kondo has featured in more than thirty Japanese television and radio programs; internationally, she has been featured in numerous magazines such as The Times (of London), Red Magazine, and YOU Magazine.

Kondo started reading home and lifestyle magazines, as well as newspapers from a tender age of five. It was also during this time when she developed an interest in housekeeping and house economics. By fifteen, Kondo decided to get serious about tidying up ? and over time, it led to the development of the KonMari method of tidying up, which she named by combining her two names.

As a consultant, Kondo visits homes and offices to give pieces of advice to her various clients on how to tidy up without suffering a rebound, and has been successful in guiding them to discarding millions of items, ranging from clothes to magazine clippings. For her private courses, Kondo notes that she has a zero-repeater rate, which manifests the successfulness of the KonMari program despite others possibly considering it as a massive business hoax.

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