Marie Kondo: ‘My greatest achievement? Organising the world’

The decluttering queen on Japanese comfort food, learning to take breaks and her love for a black bear

Born in Tokyo, Marie Kondo, 37, was 19 and studying sociology at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University when she launched a consulting business to help people declutter and organise their homes. In 2014, she published her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; it has been translated into 44 languages and sold more than 13m copies 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. Her latest book is Joy at Work: Organising Your Professional Life. She is married with three children and lives in Los Angeles.

What is your earliest memory?
Welcoming my younger sister into the family, around the age of three.

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