Tidying guru Marie Kondo: kids can learn her methods, too

Tidying guru Marie Kondo: kids can learn her methods, too


>>Thompson: IFYOU’VENEVER
USED THE TIDYING ADVICE OF MARIE
KONDO, CHANCES ARE PRETTY HIGH
THAT YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHOHAS
USED HER TECHNIQUES TO DISCARD
MOUNDS OF PERSONAL STUFF.
THIS WEEK, KONDO LAUNCHED HER
LATEST PROJECT, A BOOK AIMED AT
CHILDREN.
I SPOKE WITH HER EARLIER THIS
WEEK HERE IN NEW YORK.
>>HELLO.
I’M MARIE KONDO.
>>Thompson: HOME-ORGANIZING
GURU MARIE KONDO SAYS SHE’S
ALWAYS LOVED KEEPING TIDY, BUT
SHE ACTUALLY FOUND GETTING RID
OF THINGS REALLY STRESSFUL.
UNTIL SHE REALIZED THIS:
>>(translated): WHAT’S
IMPORTANT IN TIDYING UP IS NOT
WHAT YOU THROW AWAY BUT WHAT YOU
KEEP.
IN OTHER WORDS, IT WOULD WORK IF
I KEPT THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY
IN MY HOME, THINGS THAT I LOVE,
THE THINGS THAT I CHERISH.
>>Thompson: AND IT’S THIS
IDEA– OF ONLY KEEPING THINGS
THAT “SPARK JOY,” AS SHE SAYS–
THAT’S MADE HER A MAJOR
CELEBRITY.
HER BOOKS, INCLUDING THE 2014
BLOCKBUSTER “THE LIFE-CHANGING
MAGIC OF TIDYING UP,” HAVE SOLD
MORE THAN 12 MILLION COPIES.
SHE WAS NAMED ONE OF “TIME”
MAGAZINE’S MOST INFLUENTIAL
PEOPLE IN 2015.
AND EARLIER YEAR, THERE WAS A
HIT TELEVISION SHOW ON NETFLIX.
IN BOOKS, ON TV OR IN-PERSON, IF
YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ONE OF
HER ACTUAL CLIENTS, KONDO
TEACHES HER UNIQUE APPROACH TO
KEEPING TIDY.
IT’S CALLED THE “KONMARI
METHOD.”
IT’S PART PRACTICAL, PART
SPIRITUAL.
WHEN KONDO ENTERS A HOME– OR,
IN THIS CASE, THE ROOM IN WHICH
WE FILMED HER INTERVIEW– SHE
PERFORMS A SHORT RITUAL TO GREET
THE SPACE.
>>(translated): IT’S LIKE
GIVING A SMALL INTRODUCTION
ABOUT MYSELF, OR IT COULD BE
GRATITUDE FOR LETTING ME BE HERE
TODAY AT THIS PLACE.
>>Thompson: AND THEN, THE
TIDYING BEGINS.
>>(translated): THERE ARE
THREE POINTS IN THE “KONMARI
METHOD.”
THE FIRST IS TO ORGANIZE BY
CATEGORIES.
>>Thompson: RATHER THAN TIDY BY
ROOM, KONDO ADVISES CLIENTS AND
FANS TO GATHER EVERY SINGLE BOOK
OR ITEM OF CLOTHING IN ONE SPOT
SO THEY CAN SEE THE TOTALITY OF
WHAT THEY OWN.
>>(translated): AND THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WHEN YOU
ARE TIDYING UP BY CATEGORIES
LIKE THAT, KEEP ONLY WHAT SPARKS
JOY IN YOU.
>>Thompson: AND YOU HAVE TO
ACTUALLY PICK IT UP AND LOOK AT
IT.
IS THAT RIGHT?
>>(translated): THAT’S
RIGHT.
WHEN YOU HOLD IT IN YOUR HAND,
IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR YOU TO
SENSE IF YOUR BODY KIND OF FEELS
SOMETHING TRIGGERED, LIKE YOUR
SENSES ARE WAKING UP, WHETHER IT
SPARKS JOY OR NOT.
>>Thompson: AND IF IT DOESN’T
SPARK JOY, WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH
IT?
>>(translated): IF IT DOES
NOTSPARK JOY, THEN SAY, “THANK
YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE,” AND LET
IT GO.
>>Thompson: FOR THE OBJECTS YOU
DOKEEP, KONDO HAS SYSTEMS OF
ORGANIZING AND STORING, LIKE HER
FAMOUS METHOD OF FOLDING SHIRTS
IN A COMPACT WAY SO THEY CAN
STAND UPRIGHT IN A DRAWER.
YOUR BOOKS HAVE BEEN HUGELY
POPULAR.
YOU’VE SOLD MILLIONS OF THEM.
YOU HAVE A TV SHOW.
I MEAN, PEOPLE SEEM DESPERATE
FOR THIS.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT’S ABOUT?
>>(translated): I THINK IT IS
BECAUSE THERE ARE REALLY MANY
PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO OWN MANY
THINGS, BUT THEIR HEARTS ARE NOT
FULFILLED.
AND THEY ARE SUFFERING FROM
THAT.
>>Thompson: KONDO SAYS SHE’S
BEEN INTERESTED IN TIDYING AND
ORGANIZING SINCE SHE WAS JUST
FIVE YEARS OLD, INSPIRED BY HER
MOTHER, WHO SEEMED TO REALLY
ENJOY DOING HOUSEWORK.
SO, WHEN DID YOU REALIZE THAT
THIS COULD ACTUALLY BE A
BUSINESS?
>>(translated): THIS WAS WHEN
I WAS IN THE SECOND YEAR OF
COLLEGE.
I ALWAYS LOVED TIDYING UP, SO MY
HOBBY WAS TO HELP MY FRIENDS
TIDY UP THEIR HOUSES.
AS I CONTINUED DOING IT, THE
RUMOR STARTED GOING AROUND THAT
THEIR HOUSES WOULD BECOME NEAT
IF I VISITED.
AND FROM THAT POINT ON, I
STARTED RECEIVING REQUESTS TO DO
IT FOR MONEY.
>>PLEASE WELCOME MARIE KONDO!
>>Thompson: AND THE KONDO
EMPIRE BEGAN.
THIS WEEK, KONDO RELEASED HER
FIRST BOOK FOR CHILDREN, CALLED
“KIKI AND JAX: THE LIFE-CHANGING
MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP.”
IT’S A STORY ABOUT JAX THE OWL,
WHO IS CALLED A “SORTER.”
KIKI THE SQUIRREL, SHE’S, WELL,
A LITTLE MESSY.
KIKI MISSES PLAY DATES BECAUSE
SHE CAN’T FIND HER BALL, THEN
HER SWIMSUIT.
AT THE END, JAX HELPS KIKI BRING
ORDER TO HER LIFE BY SORTING
THROUGH ALL HER STUFF.
THE BOOK EVEN INCLUDES
ILLUSTRATIONS FOR KIDS ON HOW TO
FOLD A SHIRT THE “KONMARI” WAY.
WHY WRITE A CHILDREN’S BOOK?
>>(translated): BOTH OF OUR
DAUGHTERS LOVE TO READ, AND THEY
LOVE TO IMPLEMENT WHAT THEY’VE
JUST READ.
WHEN I SAW THEM DO THAT, I
THOUGHT, AH, IT WOULD BE NICE IF
YOU COULD LEARN TIDYING UP IN A
FUN MANNER FROM A PICTURE BOOK.
>>Thompson: KONDO SAYS SHE
BELIEVES CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS
ONE– YES, ONE– CAN START TO
LEARN HER METHODS.
NOW, I KNOW THAT MY
THREE-YEAR-OLD IS GOING TO SAY
YES TO EVERY SINGLE THING.
HE LOVES ALL OF HIS TOYS.
SO, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN TO A
CHILD SO YOUNG THAT WE CAN’T
KEEP EVERYTHING?
>>(translated): IF THAT’S THE
CASE, I THINK IT’S VERY
IMPORTANT TO VERBALLY EXPLAIN
TO A CHILD THAT THE SPACE IN
YOUR HOUSE IS LIMITED, AND THIS
IS THE STORAGE PLACE WHERE YOU
CAN PUT YOUR TOYS RIGHT NOW.
>>Thompson: ANOTHER KONDO TIP:
RATHER THAN ASKING YOUR CHILD IF
AN ITEM SPARKS JOY, ASK THEM TO
ORDER THEIR TOYS ACCORDING TO
WHAT THEY LIKE BEST, THEN
ELIMINATE THEIR LEAST FAVORITE
ITEMS.
>>(translated): SO, FOR ME,
WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT ABOUT THIS
BOOK IS THAT IT TEACHES CHILDREN
THAT TIDYING CAN BE SO MUCH FUN.
YOU TEND TO THINK OF TIDYING UP
AS SOMETHING YOU MUST DO,
SOMETHING BURDENSOME.
BUT YOU CAN LEARN TO CHERISH
YOUR BELONGINGS EVEN MORE.
AND I HOPE THAT EVEN SMALL
CHILDREN COULD LEARN SUCH
THINGS.
>>I’M DONE.
I’MDONE!

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