Queen of decluttering Marie Kondo has “kind of given up” on keeping her own home clean after three children and says it’s more important to spend time with her family.
38-year-old Kondo made millions from her neat lifestyle by selling 13 million copies of her first book, which featured her starring in a hit Netflix show, earning her a net worth of around $7 million.
But after the birth of her third child, she realizes what so many mothers have been screaming for so long: there is simply not enough time.
“Until now I’ve been a professional cleaner, so I’ve done my best to always keep my home clean,” she said at the event, according to the Washington Post. “I gave that up in a good way for me. Now I realize that spending time at home with my kids is important to me.”
Marie Kondo, 38, has “kind of given up” on keeping her own home clean after three children and says spending time with her family is more important
“Until now I’ve been a professional cleaner, so I’ve done my best to keep my home clean at all times,” she said at the event. She and her husband now schedule family time into their day and find small activities that bring joy, including burning incense and sipping a cup of tea in the morning
Kondo gave birth to her third child, a son, in 2021 and added to her bond of two girls with husband Takumi Kawahara, whom she married in 2012.
“My home is messy, but the way I spend my time is the right way for me at this point in this phase of my life,” she said.
Her new lifestyle “still sparks joy,” as she famously put it in her first book, but her devotion to clutter has inspired her fifth.
Hitting shelves in November 2022, Marie Kondo’s Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life focuses less on order and more on kurashi — a Japanese concept that roughly translates to “the ideal way to spend our time ” means.
It focuses on decluttering one’s time rather than one’s space.
“Cleaning up is dealing with all the ‘things’ in your life,” she wrote in her book. “So what do you really want to fix?”
Kondo gave birth to her third child, a son, in 2021 and added to her bond of two girls with husband Takumi Kawahara, whom she married in 2012
Kondo gave birth to her son in 2021 and is juggling three children as she embraces her new lifestyle
“When it was just the two of us, my house came pretty close to that ideal; Now these images are exactly the ideal I aspire to. My own home really isn’t all that tidy – I think I might get to that point if I flash a good flash for an hour or two,” she told Julia Llewellyn, writer of the Chron’s You magazine, in October. .
“But I say to myself, ‘You guys have other priorities, and right now it’s fun to play with my kids, have fun with them, and it’s okay if it’s a bit messy.’ I don’t want to waste time on that to annoy me. Your kids are only little once, so don’t worry, enjoy this time.”
Since returning to Japan from the US – where she moved after the success of her first book – she has given up a nanny and now only has a babysitter.
Her new lifestyle inspired her fifth book, Marie Kondo’s Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life, which focuses on decluttering your time, not your space
During her interview with Llewellyn, the mother of three had to run away to change her son’s diaper and even once knocked him on her knee. Her daughters also made appearances here and there, showing that Kondo’s new life is very similar to any other mother’s.
“My lifestyle has totally changed. When I started I worked very hard and that was my ideal. I’ve done a lot [tidying] Lessons, help a lot of people, gain a lot of experience. But now I want to spend more time with my family,” she told Llewellyn.
She and her husband now schedule family time into their days and find small activities that bring joy, including burning incense and drinking a cup of tea for Kondo in the morning.
And as her children grow, she also acknowledges her lifestyle, saying, “I will continue to look within to make sure I run my own Kurashi.”