Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo: Netflix’s new series is about more than organizing

'This time, we’re going beyond tidying at home!'

Marie Kondo attends the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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Marie Kondo, Netflix's authority on tidying up, is making her grand return to the streaming platform with an all-new series. (She previously starred in the 2019 Netflix show, "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.") But this time, it's about more than clean closets and perfectly folded sweaters. 

While yes, we love her decluttering advice (though we were guilty of stocking up on the Marie Kondo Container Store collection since it sparked so much joy), we're definitely curious to see what the author and organizing consultant has planned next. 

"I know the KonMari community has been eagerly awaiting my return to @netflix," Kondo captioned on Instagram. "I’m overjoyed to say it’s almost here — and this time, we’re going beyond tidying at home!"

Naturally, we're all ears!

Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo, Netflix's new series

Debuting on August 31st with three 90-minute episodes, "Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo" will have the TV personality utilize the rudiments of her KonMari Method to dig into businesses, relationships, and communities, promising transforming effects along the way. The feel-good series is a little something we could all use right about now, wouldn't you say? 

Additionally, we're going to get a sneak peek into Kondo's life at home as well, which includes meeting her family and seeing how she sparks joy in her everyday routines. She is married to Takumi Kawahara, a producer who teamed up with his wife as her lifestyle career took off. They share two daughters, Satsuki and Miko, and welcomed a son in April 2021.

What is the KonMari Method?

Though a minimalist approach to sprucing up your space, the KonMari Method is an effective way not only to organize but to feel more fulfilled upon completion. Here are the six main steps of Kondo's go-to approach. 

  1. Commit to tidying up
  2. Envision your ideal lifestyle  
  3. Discard* before tidying up
  4. Tidy by category instead of location
  5. Follow the appropriate order
  6. Ask if it sparks joy

    *Don't forget to thank each item for all it has done before parting ways
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Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo promises that properly decluttering means you'll only have to do it once! Follow her step-by-step guide to tidying up and uncovering what sparks joy in your life.

It's definitely easy to see how this approach can transition to other areas of our life, be it work, friendships, hobbies, family life. Regardless of what this new Marie Kondo Netflix series has in store for viewers, we can certainly count on feeling refreshed after our binge-watch—and perhaps even inspired to take care of some declutter of our own. 

If you're feeling inspired ahead of the premiere, you can follow in Marie's footsteps on Instagram, where she conducts cleaning challenges (available via Highlights) and drops many a tidy hack in her feed that'll surely work wonders on your abode as well, so give 'em a whirl!

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)