Marie Kondo has fascinated the world with her KonMari method of cleaning up and her impressive ability to fold anything into tiny organised packages.
Her Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has people rushing to thrift shops and consignment stores with all their things that no longer "spark joy."
Now, the Japanese organising consultant is bringing her "life-changing" ideas to the kids. YES!
Her new book Kiki & Jax teaches children tidying up through friendship and is inspired by her two daughters' love of books. It is available from November 5.
Introducing “Kiki & Jax,” my upcoming children’s picture book co-written and illustrated by @salinayoon. It’s a timeless story about friendship, and I hope that the characters of Kiki and Jax will inspire children and families to tidy and embrace joy! The book launches on November 5, but you can preorder it wherever books are sold – and on konmari.com – starting today. For more details, visit the link in my profile!
Kondo is launching an online store of joy-enhancing products in November. And about a Netflix season two? Well, it's "under consideration," Kondo told USA TODAY.
We talked with the organising guru to learn more about her new book and how parents can teach kids to "GO TO YOUR ROOM AND CLEAN UP THIS MESS!"
Spoiler alert! That is not the right method.
Edited for length and clarity.
Question: What is "Kiki & Jax" about?
Answer: The book is not just about tidying up. The most important theme of the book is about friendship. It is about two good friends and through tidying up, their friendship actually deepens. That's the biggest point.
Q: What are some tips you have for parents who want their kids to be more organised?
A:Having fun while tidying up is the most important message that I want to convey and the three things after that are: first, how you have to tidy up by categories; the second thing is that you have to leave things that actually stifle joy for you; and the third thing is that -- and I'm including into this book -- is how to fold the clothes.
Q: How can the KonMari method possibly work with children?
A: You have to explain (to children) that it's important to know the space limit. There is a limitation, so you can't have everything.
Just how I teach my adult clients, I would have each child pile up by the category. So if you were doing clothes, he or she would need to pile up all the clothes he or she owns. And then, one piece of clothing by one piece of clothing, he or she has to hold it in her hands and decide if she really wants to keep it or not. Just like that for the toys as well.
And some parents do say "my children love everything, so they can't really let go of anything." But actually you'd be surprised. You'd be surprised to see how much (a child) would be able to let go of things after she sees a pile of things.
Q: Have you ever regretted getting rid of an item?
A: I did have an experience like that. I gave away this piece of clothing to my friend and after that, I saw something in the store and thought, "Oh I wish I kept that item so these would match perfectly!" Ya, I've had that experience.
Q: Are your daughter's rooms really tidy all the time?
A: Not at all. Not always. When I tell them to tidy up, they do. But their playroom is separate from their bedroom and it, sometimes, is not that tidied up, because when they're tired they don't want to tidy up. But when I say it, they do it.