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Remember when I wrote about the fact that Mari Kondo helped people get rid of clutter and taught them how to fold shorts and underwear in a particular way? 

At that time, my whole point about her method was that she was not into a professional organization. Not really. 

At that time, I commented that if you need systems to improve organization and efficiency, if you need to uncover the root causes for your disorganization, or if you are looking to break free from a life of disorganization, what you need is a Professional Organizer.  No Mari Kondo would help you there.

This might still be true – I am not sure of that at this moment- I have not revisited the criteria I used at that time to reach my conclusions.  If you would like to revisit the blog post, here it is. Professional Organizer Vs. Mari Kondo (round374)

But I do think Mari Kondo has bent the knee to the point on aesthetic value and design.  Her latest alliance with The Container Store proves it! 

I clearly remember the days when she had nothing to say about containers other than “containers and pretty baskets are totally unnecessary”. The point seemed to be that there is nothing of importance in her process beyond decluttering. This is precisely what I was trying to point out.  What comes after decluttering is as valuable or even more important even.

Seems like things have changed. If you visit The Container Store’s website, the first thing you see is Mari Kondo’s face. I remember when she did not want anything to do with the store and vice versa. Containers and pretty baskets are not important? 

This new alliance with The Container Store does not make Mari Kondo a Professional Organizer, but at least now she seems to concede the point that after decluttering, system and “pretty baskets” are needed to enhance efficiency, create systems to keep the clutter at bay, and that aesthetics are needed for the organized space to be properly respected and kept.