'The Home Was Just The Beginning': Marie Kondo Sparks Joy In Businesses, Relationships, And Communities In New Netflix Show - Arts & Culture

All three, 40-minute episodes are now available on the streaming platform.

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Over two years after the release of the wildly popular Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, the bestselling author and organization specialist is back with a new series.

This time, she is expanding the application of her KonMari method of decluttering into other areas of life.

In the series aptly called Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo, the Japanese consultant works with different groups of people: a father and son team of plant and gardening business owners; a mom who runs a coffee shop; and a church volunteer hoping to help her community. She helps organize their workplaces, as well as tidy up their personal lives and relationships.

The 36-year-old tidying master, who has been helping organize the spaces of others for 17 years, is also opening her home for the first time through the show. In the three, 40-minute episodes, viewers get to meet her family and see how she tidies up her daily life. 

Kondo, who has always had an affinity for tidying even as a kid, opened her organizing consulting business at 19, while she was still a college student.

Five years later, she rose to global fame through her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It was first released in Japanese, but was later translated to Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Indonesian, Italian, French, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English.

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The book introduced the KonMari philosophy, a decluttering and organizing method where one gathers all belongings, divides them into categories, keeps only the things that spark joy, and designates a place for them.

This method was welcomed in even more homes around the world when Kondo starred in the Netflix series, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.

In an Instagram post, Kondo shares her thoughts on the reception to her method.

“When I reflect on how much has changed for me in the last few years, I always feel especially moved by the way so many of you welcomed the KonMari philosophy into your own homes after seeing my first show,” she writes. “I am grateful for the enthusiasm surrounding the arrival of [the second show] and cannot wait to share this heartfelt journey with you.”

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