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
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing | $8.58

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing | $8.58

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
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.