Just in time for spring cleaning, Lucy Craft has sent us tidying-up tips from an expert, in this Postcard From Tokyo:
Folding shirts is not everyone’s idea of fun. But in the hands of decluttering diva Marie Kondo, drudgery becomes almost an art.
With fluid precision, she renders T-shirts into clothing origami. Her closet-arranging lessons have become the Bible of home organizing to millions of reformed hoarders around the world.
“We’ve all tried to fold our clothes upright, so that they fit in the drawers, and it’s kind of cool!” said one woman in Texas.
A tiny, self-described wallflower who barely speaks English, Kondo has channeled her fixation with order into fame, fortune, and a home-organizing empire.
Passionate fans have paid her the ultimate tribute: the methodical purging of excess junk is now known as “kondoing” your stuff.
Craft asked, “What do you think of your name becoming a verb in English — to kondo something, to clean something up?”
“It feels strange,” Kindo replied. “But since my brain is full to the brim with thoughts of cleaning, I guess it’s appropriate.”
With the single-mindedness of a scientist in search of a cure, Kondo has devoted most of her 32 years on Earth to waging war on disarray.
To Kondo, the humble act of housecleaning is transformed into sacred ritual, performed in a pure-white outfit, and starting with prayer.
She no longer makes house calls, leaving that to her apprentices. But she gave Craft a demonstration.
Dump all your clothes in a heap, keep only what makes you happy, and say “thanks” to each possession before throwing…