My point about Mari Kondo’s method is that she is not in a professional organization. Not really. 

If you need systems to improve organization and efficiency, need to uncover the root causes for your disorganization, or 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. 

However, Mari Kondo has 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 what comes after decluttering is essential.

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 conceded that systems bring efficiency, the proper containers keep the clutter at bay, and sound design promotes the maintenance of the space. (Those “pretty baskets” command some respect, right?)