Marie Kondo’s reassuring words on “letting go” of perfection are sparking joy

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Netflix star Marie Kondo has revealed how her life has changed in recent years, and how she doesn’t feel the need to be “perfect”. 

Any self-confessed hoarder will no-doubt thankful for Netflix’s hit show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. The tidying guru, author and founder of lifestyle brand KonMari sparked joy by decluttering people’s homes and lives.

The success of the show was so prevalent that second hand stores, like Beacon’s Closer in New York, saw a substantial rise in donated clothes from people who had done a clear out. And fans quickly shared experiences of how therapeutic they found the tidying process.

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“My flat is full of sentimental tat – and I have absolutely no desire to declutter”

But, let’s face it: life is hard, time is short and energy levels are low. The idea of doing a clear out sparks nothing but a migraine for many people. This is especially true if you care for a relative.

Now, Kondo has acknowledged this by opening up about how her attitude to “perfection” has changed since no longer being single.

“To be honest, my situation has changed since I was single,” she told Better Homes and Gardens through an interpreter. “I’ve let go of needing to maintain a perfect home all the time.”

Tidying with Marie Kondo on Netflix.
Marie Kondo is the poster woman for our obsession with decluttering.

She continued: “Being pressed for time is common for all of us. You just have to accept the fact that you don’t have a lot of time and that it’s OK.”

Kondo has previously chatted to Stylist about what makes her happy, saying: “My home. The time I spend with my family is when I am happiest.”

She also poignantly added: “You can’t control what others think about you, so I don’t put a lot of emphasis on being liked or respected. It’s most important to honour what sparks joy for you. What sparks joy is different for each person.”

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Will there be a second series of Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo?

A second series of the show hasn’t been commissioned yet, but there is fan support for another one to be made. 

In the meantime, we might do some tidying…but only if we’re in the mood.

Images: Netflix


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Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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