Where does KonMari come from?
Marie Kondo, a Japanese woman obsessed with eliminating clutter, began her consulting business at the age of 19. KonMari is a play on her own name, with Kon– from her surname and -Mari from her first name.
She introduced her trademarked KonMari Method in her 2015 book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It is system for paring down possessions (getting rid of things don’t “spark joy”), folding clothes, and organizing belongings.
Her bestselling book—followed by her hit 2019 Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo and the media attention it received—helped make KonMari into a verb for using the KonMari Method to declutter one’s spaces. Kondo is also sometimes used in the same manner.
Examples of KonMari
Who uses KonMari?
KonMari can refer to the KonMari Method or carrying it out, e.g, I’m gonna KonMari my room this weekend and get rid of everything.
It’s a lot easier to KonMari when nothing in the world sparks joy anymore
— Gwen Mesco (@messily) June 28, 2018
The KonMari Method has been the subject of many popular articles in such outlets as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. It’s also been the subject of many personal blogs/social media posts.
I wish I could KonMari my brain.
(I mean this in all the profound ways, like “I’m not going to keep this thing you insisted on giving me,” but also like, “These song lyrics no longer spark joy let’s make room for math.”)
— Kate Hart (@Kate_Hart) February 10, 2019
Some people like to post before-and-after pictures of or commentary on their newly organized, decluttered spaces. Some include the hashtag #konmari.
Getting rid of superfluous clothing, shoes, and papers was easy, albeit tim-consuming. Getting rid of books was a flop, only found 6 I could say bye to😩 #konmari
— Rowena M. (@RowenaMonde) February 5, 2018
— Masago (@Masago__) February 3, 2019
Note that KonMari is not Marie Kondo’s name but her method and brand, an occasional source of confusion.
— Ace Carreon (@hellomayaaa) February 9, 2019
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