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My point about Mari Kondo’s method has always been that she is not into a professional organization. Not really. 

If you need systems to improve organization and efficiency, need to uncover the root causes for your disorganization, or if you need to break free from a life of disorganization, you need a Professional Organizer. Mari Kondo can’t 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 Mari Kondo seems to have bent the knee to the value of aesthetics and design, as indicated by her alliance with The Container Store. 

Before, she had nothing to say about containers other than “containers and pretty baskets are unnecessary.” Nothing seemed important in her process beyond decluttering. However, Organizers know that what comes after decluttering is as important, if not more.

Oh! But things have changed. The first thing you see on The Container Store’s website is Mari Kondo’s merchandise. I remember when she did not want anything to do with the store and vice versa. 

This alliance with The Container Store does not make Mari Kondo a Professional Organizer. However, she now seems to concede that systems bring efficiency, the right containers keep the clutter at bay, and good design promotes the maintenance of the space. (Those “pretty baskets” command some respect, right?)


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