Marie Kondo’s empire—New York Times-bestselling books, two Netflix series, a Container Store collaboration and OK, countless memes—all build off of a single question she posed back in 2010: Does it spark joy? It was a radically different approach to organizing, beyond the typical “sort into keep, toss and donate piles” advice that’d been rehashed for decades. She shared a framework to make room for a happier way of living, inspiring thousands—myself included—to study to become KonMari Consultants, professional organizers well-versed in her teachings, known as the KonMari Method. Becoming a certified consultant allows you to market yourself as an expert in Kondo's techniques, serving as the next best thing to being guided by the author herself.
The KonMari Method may be 11 years old, but one year into a global pandemic, it feels more relevant than ever. We were barely past introductions in the three-day virtual course when an instructor posed a question that caused our Zoom chat to suddenly fall silent: What do you do when your client looks at her closet and says, “I don’t know what sparks joy—I don’t even know what joy feels like anymore,” besides breaking out in a cold sweat?
This is the reality Kondo and her team face all too often, which is why it’s covered straight out of the gate on Day One. I had been prepared for folding demos and dealing with hoarders, but what I soon realized was that people weren’t just flocking to the KonMari Method to declutter their lives. After a year that’s beaten us down, we’re hoping to reconnect with whatever it is that sparks joy within us. So why not turn to the guru herself? Or, as is the case of the 130 students in Kondo’s first KonMari consultant class of 2021, seek to become one yourself?