THE JAPANESE ART OF TIDYING-UP

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Marie Kondo, a young entrepreneur has lived this philosophy so truly that one can easily feel it in her aura. She is a Japanese organising consultant and author. She has also been listen as one of the time’s “100 most influential people” in 2015.

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Marie says that organising has always attracted her, even as a kid she was more likely to indulge herself in activities like cleaning, dusting and organising things. If there was something thing that annoyed her the most then it was the sight of untidy things. She always found the world as place of chaos, when in school she stayed behind in the class to clean the classroom; at home, she would throw all old things in bin. Gradually her love for organising turned into an obsession that she lost track of her thoughts.

In a session while sharing her story she said, “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 realised 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.”

Kondo patterned her thoughts in a certain a way, and that changed the entire course of her life. Marie is now a successful author of four books, which have sold millions of copies internationally. She found her own organising consulting business at the age of 19. The latest feather on her cap was added when On 1 January 2019, Netflix released a series called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In the series, Kondo visits various American family homes full of clutter and guides them in tidying up their houses through her KonMari method.

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