Tidy Facts You Didn’t Know About Marie Kondo

If you’ve heard your friends say they’ve “Kondo-ed” their bedrooms and kitchens over the weekend, then you can bet that they’ve been “Konverted” to the teachings of world-renowned organization guru Marie Kondo. Since Tidying Up with Marie Kondo premiered on Netflix, people have been purging their closets and bookshelves of items that no longer bring them happiness. Author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, Marie Kondo has been changing people’s lives with her advice – and it hasn’t come without controversy. But who exactly is Marie Kondo? Read on to find out!

She Has Been Tidying Up Since She Was Five

Gary Gershoff/WireImage
Gary Gershoff/WireImage

“I have spent more than half my life thinking about tidying,” Kondo writes in her internationally best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Kondo was five years old when the Chinese philosophy of feng shui became popular in her native Tokyo.

“My mother was applying the method, but to my eye, the house was not tidy enough to have the feng shui effect,” Kondo told New York Magazine. Kondo decided to help her mother by tidying their belongings. She even once confessed to tossing her dad’s suits and mom’s purses without asking (and felt bad about it as an adult).