BBorn in Tokyo, Marie Kondo, 37, was 19 years old and studying sociology at Tokyo Women’s Christian University when she launched a consulting business to help people tidy up and organize their homes. In 2014, he published his first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; it has been translated into 44 languages and more than 13 million copies have been sold worldwide. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015 and has a hit Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. His latest book is Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life. She is married with three children and lives in Los Angeles.
What is your first memory?
Welcoming my younger sister into the family, around the age of three.
What would your super power be?
Help people find joy in their lives.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I got a call several years ago from the Japanese editor of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up telling me that sales had exceeded 100,000 copies. I went to a fancy market in Tokyo and bought the most expensive eggs, soy sauce, rice and nori seaweed, and boiled eggs over rice. It’s Japanese comfort food, but I made it with the best ingredients available to celebrate. To this day, it remains my guilty pleasure.
What do you owe your parents?
The many items I threw away without them knowing.
What words or phrases do you abuse the most?
“Kawaii”, which means cute in Japanese.
How does love feel?
Warm and fuzzy.
If you are not yourself, who would you like to be more?
At one point, he was interested in being a farmer. I love growing organic vegetables, especially carrots.
When Was it the last time you changed your mind about something important?
Around 2015. I had just given birth to my second child and was so busy traveling internationally to promote my book that I forgot to take care of myself. I was too busy to even realize that I needed a break. Since then, I have been mindful of my work-life balance.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
It is still a work in progress, but I would have to say, organize the world. With all the KonMari consultants around the world, and those who read my books or watched Netflix shows, we are definitely making a difference.
How would you like to be remembered?
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Store only the items that bring you joy.
Who is your favorite celebrity?
love Kumamon. It is a large black bear with red cheeks, a mascot from Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan.
What did you want to be when you were little?
Housewife and mother of three, which I am now.
Would you choose fame or anonymity?
I want order and organization to spread throughout the world, but for me personally I agree to anonymity.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
In elementary school: I opened my lunch box and it was empty. I was devastated.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I have nothing I want to change. I’m sure I did it in the past, but I can’t remember it, which means it wasn’t a big deal.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism