CANNES — Marie Kondo claims she once tidied up a couple’s rocky marriage.
The decluttering guru, 34, appeared at the Cannes Lions festival on Monday and recalled working with a couple whose marriage was “broken.”
“The woman was thinking about divorcing her husband,” recalled Kondo, who didn’t use a translator but spoke alongside her husband and business partner, Takumi Kawahara.
“She said to me, ‘Our relationship is broken.’ But after she finished her tidying and she was surrounded by all things that spark joy for her.
“Finally, she touched her husband,” said Kondo, causing the audience to laugh. “And it did spark joy! She was very surprised. She changed her mind [about the divorce] and discovered which is important for her in her life … Now she’s very happy with each other.”
Kawahara emphasized the importance of Kondo’s tale, saying that the KonMari method can be used beyond tidying up of belongings; people can tidy up their lives.
“They have to think about keeping or throwing away not only items but it could be also about keeping or throwing any idea and thoughts as well,” he said.
At one point during the “Less Stuff. More Joy: Life-Changing Japanese Creativity” talk, Kondo asked the entire audience to shut their eyes as she blessed the room, but a few people were spotted head-bobbing with exhaustion and even catching a few winks amid the silence — and it’s only the first day of the festival.
The Netflix star didn’t address Page Six’s exclusive story about Linda Koopersmith, the celebrity organizer who claims Kondo stole her method — probably because it didn’t “spark joy” in her life.
“What Marie calls her KonMari Method, is actually a folding technique created by me 27 years ago,” Koopersmith told Page Six. “It was published in my book in 2005, it was shown on the TV show ‘Clean House’ for years and seen on YouTube videos.
“I am a pioneer of the organizing business. I started in 1989 … I invented that upright folding method when my daughter was three to organize her drawers so she could see everything. I have shown how the folded item should stand up on its own for many, many years.”
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