Marie Kondo may be petite—4 feet, 7 inches—but she packs a real punch.
That became clear when the Japanese organization wizard’s 2011 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, became an international bestseller. Now she’s gone viral once more, thanks to Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a TV series on Netflix.
Her “KonMari Method” of decluttering is mercilessly precise yet oddly poetic (you keep the items—and only those—that “spark joy,” then thank the others before tossing them out).
Kondo, 34, lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. Speaking through an interpreter, Kondo describes the five items in her home that, yes, spark joy.