Sunday 4 December 2016

The tidiness guru snaps under pressure

John Masterson

Published 08/02/2016 | 02:30

Organisation guru Marie Kondo.
Organisation guru Marie Kondo.

If you are looking for a career that will bring you loads of money, a constant supply of adoring clients, and possibly even job satisfaction then may I respectfully suggest that you model yourself on the Japanese organising consultant Marie Kondo. You may not have realised that there is much call for 'organising consultant' but let me tell you that you are in grave error.

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I like stuff. I am surrounded in my house by stuff despite regular bags going to the charity shops. I show no signs of catching up. Ever. Then a friend directed me to Ms Kondo. She teaches the Kon Mari method, which advises you to gather together everything you own and keep only the things that bring you joy. Then find a place for those things.

She suggests that you go through your possessions one category at a time. Begin with your clothes, which are the least emotionally loaded. Then move on to books, and when you have mastered that level of emotional laden-ness you can then move on to photographs.

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