Marie Kondo Has ‘Kind Of Given Up’ On Cleaning After Welcoming Children

Marie Kondo, the renowned decluttering expert and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, recently opened up about parenthood and her new priorities since welcoming her third child.

She shared with The Washington Post that since becoming a family of five, she's embraced the mess in her home instead of striving for the sort of home organisation and cleanliness she has become famous for.

"My home is messy, but the way I am spending my time is the right way for me at this stage of my life." 

"Up until now, I was a professional tidier, so I did my best to keep my home tidy at all times. Now I realise what is important to me is enjoying spending time with my children at home," Kondo explained. 

With three beautiful children underfoot, it's no surprise that Marie Kondo has shifted focus, but the fact she elected to share this shift with the world is a delightful surprise. 

Marie and two of her three children
Photo Credit: KonMari

Celebrities and those of that ilk are much more likely to shove any perceived imperfection under the rug (not unlike what I do in my home with my piles of unfolded washing). 

Marie Kondo, the queen of organised life, coming forward to say she too struggles with the juggle of parenthood is the perfect reminder not to hold your home to the unrealistic standards of a Kardashian's beige and barren (though apparently housing multiple children?) living room.

Seriously, do kids even live here?

Marie Kondo also recently addressed motherhood and parenting on her personal KonMari website. After the birth of her son, she noted how special it was to watch her daughters become loving big sisters—an experience that made each day a little bit brighter. 

Kondo reflected on the shift she felt after having her first child; she felt frustrated with unexpected change and an inability to make things perfect. As time went on, though, the perfectionist inside increasingly yielded to realism and acceptance. With three children now at home, she knows tidying daily is just not feasible—and that's perfectly fine!

"Before becoming a mom, I would feel defeated when I made mistakes – I could be quite hard on myself. Now I imagine one of my children feeling deflated after trying something challenging, and I tell myself the same things I would tell them. Motherhood has helped me be kinder and gentler with myself – and that is a gift in and of itself."

Well said, Marie.

With that in mind, why not leave the laundry and check out some of these amazing events happening around you this week.

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